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3 October 2015

Blog Tour: 'The Trouble with Words' by Suzie Tullett

Promises are easy to make but hard to keep. 

Having long made a promise to her husband, young widow Annabel has no intentions of breaking it. What she does plan to do, though, is have a baby. Not the easiest of tasks for a woman with a deceased other half, and having explored all her options, her only choice is to take the unconventional route. Setting out to find her own donor, Annabel meets Dan. Single, fun-loving and definitely not looking for commitment, this unruly blonde, blue-eyed man seems perfect for the job. 

Dan wants nothing more than to find his dream woman. But with a mother intent on sabotaging his every relationship, he can't help but think he's destined to remain single. Of course, he knows his mother doesn't really want him all for herself, why else would she keep insisting he meet Maeve? Why else would she insist Dan promise to find himself a wife before she meets her maker? 

Forced to negotiate matters of love, life and death, Annabel and Dan seem the answer to each other's prayers. But will they really be able to keep the promises they made? And is having a baby really the answer?

Today I'm excited to be a part of the blog tour for Suzie Tullett's latest release 'The Trouble with Words', which was published by Safkhet Publishing on October 1st. I was contacted directly by Safkhet Publishing about the blog tour and I straight away thought the book sounded quite promising. Taking part in the tour would provide me the chance to work together with a new publisher, a new author and discover a new, hopefully good, read, so enough reasons to say 'yes'! I also had the chance of doing a short author interview with Suzie Tullett, so be sure to scroll down to read a bit more about her novel, her own favourite books and her future plans as an author!

Annabel was lucky enough to find the love of her life in the form of her husband Tom. Yet, all the big plans they had for their life together were rudely interrupted when Tom is involved in a car crash and Annabel unexpectedly becomes a young widow. Now, years later, Annabel thinks she's ready to move on. Not with another man, because she wants to keep the promise she once made to Tom, but to have a baby. On her search for the right man to be a donor, she bumps into Dan, who is attractive, friendly, and willing to help Annabel while he's on his search to find his dream woman. Annabel and Dan seem to have a deal, but as other things come in the way, both of them start to have doubts: is having a baby really the answer and might there perhaps be more to this than just a basic agreement...?

Suzie Tullett has created a thoroughly enjoyable novel with 'The Trouble with Words', which has a story at its centre that really warmed my heart. While the basic plotline is not particularly original (single woman looking for a sperm donor to have a child she plans on raising by herself, friends and family do not think it's a good idea), the author gave it her own twist and turned it into something that held my attention and made me want to read on and find out more. One of the absolute strengths of the novel is the combination of the two main characters, Annabel and Dan. The story is told from both their perspectives, resulting in two complementing storylines. Annabel has been through a lot and I just instantly liked her. Dan finds himself in a challenging situation together with his mother, and I just loved both Dan and his mum; they were great characters. 

The author's writing style was comfortable to read; well-paced and the novel wasn't too long (in print roughly 192 pages), resulting in a relatively quick read for me. There was a lot of description in the story; more description than dialogue, I felt, but after getting used to it I really enjoyed it and also think it fitted the story. I'm really glad I got the chance to discover Susie Tullett's writing and already look forward to seeing what she will come up with next. Overall, 'The Trouble with Words' is a heart-warming, quick, and simply lovely read about love, family, and finding happiness; I really enjoyed it!
For more information about this book: / / Goodreads

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Author Interview with Suzie Tullett!

Can you tell us something about your novel, ‘The Trouble with Words’?
This is my third novel – a story about two people dealing with loss, whilst at the same time trying to look to the future. Annabel and Dan don’t know each other, however, thanks to circumstance and a couple of promises, their paths do cross. We follow their journey as they try to negotiate matters of love, life and death. Needless to say, it’s a book filled with laugh out loud highs and tear inducing lows. And because I’m a sucker for a happy ending, it’s got one of those too.

Where did you get the inspiration for your novel? Is it in any way based 
on your own experiences?
I’m pleased to say the Tullett family has expanded in the last couple of years and becoming a Grandmother (I know, I know, I’m way too young) got me thinking about parenthood and family dynamics in general. Our roles, how we interact, the expectations we place on one and other, things that ultimately led me to think about the promises we make – some of them realistic, some of them not. Although not based on personal experience, these are the seeds that grew into The Trouble with Words.

Can you tell us a bit more about the main character, Annabel?
Annabel is a young widow who’s finally ready to move forward in life – just not in the way everyone expects. She knows raising a child is difficult enough when there are two parents involved and having done her homework, her decision to become a single mother isn’t one she’s makes lightly. Putting her motherhood plan into action, her friends and family are understandably concerned, they think she’s still fragile. It’s a theory that’s tested when Annabel meets Dan, a man about to embark on his own personal trauma. A trauma that could either drag Annabel kicking and screaming one hundred per cent into the future, or send her hurtling back into the past.

Can you also tell us a bit more about the cast of supporting characters in the novel? Which character did you most enjoy writing?
I love the supporting cast as much as I do Annabel. From her sister, Rebecca, with her controlling ways, to her friend, Katie, and her inability to commit, it’s like they each have their own story to tell. Who knows, maybe one day they will have a book of their own too.

As for the gorgeous Dan and his eccentric mother, Gerry, I don’t know if it’s because I’m a mother of sons myself, but I loved writing about their relationship. The two of them share such a strong bond and Gerry’s outlook on life is so positive, even in the most difficult of circumstances she manages to focus on what really matters.

Did you do any particular research for parts of the book?
When it came to writing The Trouble with Words, my research included the need to delve into personal history. Without wanting to give anything away, some people shared some pretty sad stories with me and I’m both thankful and grateful to those who willingly re-lived their experiences. That’s not always an easy thing to do.

Can you perhaps tell us something about your future plans? Are you perhaps already working on a next novel?
I’m excited to say that, yes, I am working on the next novel. Another romantic comedy, this one set in France. We moved here a couple of years ago and with such a wonderful culture to draw upon, you can imagine how much fun I’m having, especially when it comes to research. 

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
I’d say read lots and across all genres, learn your craft, and definitely don’t give up. 

What is the last book you read that you’d like to recommend to others?
There are so many books I could recommend here, but if I had to choose just one I think it would be The Artist by Angelo Marcos. It’s a story of murder, mystery and intrigue, even though there’s never a Policeman on the page. Told from the points of view of the victims and the murderer, the ending really surprised me.

Which book could you not live without?
A copy of Jane Eyre that my husband bought for me. 

And last but not least, if you had to describe ‘The Trouble with Words’ in just three words, which words would you pick?
Description wise, I say ‘an emotional rollercoaster’. But if you were to ask me what The Trouble with words represents, I’d say ‘live, laugh, love’.

Thanks so much, Suzie!

2 October 2015

October 2015 releases! (Part 2)

Yesterday I already shared some of October 2015's exciting upcoming book releases with all of you, but there are so many more releases to keep in mind! Especially the 22nd of October will be book heaven for chick lit fans, because so many fabulous and promising titles will be released on that day; mark it on your calendars!

Which releases are you excited about? I'd love to hear from you! If you'd like me to include your book release in this list, feel free to contact me via e-mail or Twitter! :)

Sue Watson - 'Bella's Christmas Bake Off' (22 October)

Bella Bradley is the queen of television baking – a national treasure. Her Christmas specials have been topping the ratings for years and her marriage to Peter ‘Silver Fox’ Bradley is the stuff of Hello magazine specials. 

But this year things are going to be different. 

For Amy Lane, Bella’s best friend from school, life hasn’t held quite the same sparkle. And when Amy’s husband walks out three weeks from Christmas, it seems their lives are further apart than ever. 

Amy has watched Bella’s rise to fame fondly, despite the fact Bella was always a terrible cook. But when she realises that Bella’s latest Christmas book is made up entirely of Amy’s mother’s recipes, the gloves are off… 

After winning a competition to appear on Bella’s TV show, Amy is going to make sure that for Bella and her viewers, this will definitely be a Christmas to remember… 

Why so excited? --> Sue Watson is a wonderful author and I've really enjoyed all of her novels so far. I'm really excited to hear she will be releasing a Christmas story this year and it promises to be a fabulous one! Baking and Christmas? Count me in! / / Goodreads

Trisha Ashley - 'A Christmas Cracker' (22 October)

This Christmas is about to go off with a bang!

Things can’t possibly get worse for Tabby. Framed for a crime she didn’t commit, she suddenly finds herself without a job. Then to make matters worse, Tabby’s boyfriend dumps her and gives her cat away to a shelter.

But rescue comes in the form of kindly Mercy. A master of saving waifs and strays, Mercy wants Tabby to breathe new flair into her ailing cracker business. Together, they’ll save Marwood’s Magical Christmas Crackers.

But someone has other ideas. Mercy’s nephew Randal thinks Tabby’s a fraudster. Stubborn, difficult and very attractive, her future depends upon winning him round. But it’s that time of the year when miracles really can happen. Standing under the mistletoe, Tabby’s Christmas is set to be one that she will never forget...

Why so excited? --> I know I keep repeating myself, but here we've got another fabulous author whose Christmas novels are always a true joy to read. I've really come to love Trisha Ashley's warm stories and I have a good feeling 'A Christmas Cracker' will be the perfect read for a cold Sunday afternoon in November.

Judy Astley - 'A Merry Mistletoe Wedding' (22 October)

It is almost a year since Sean and Thea met and it's been a roller-coaster ride: they're getting married on Christmas Eve!

Neither Thea or Sean want a big fuss - a simple wedding, with Christmas carols and just a few sprigs of mistletoe for decoration is all they need. But before they know it, things begin to get complicated. Trying to manage a long-distance relationship in the build-up to their Christmas wedding is one thing, but as one challenge after another comes their way, the happy couple begin to wonder if they'll ever make it down the aisle...

Why so excited? --> Another novel that is at the top of my holiday reading for this year! Judy Astley knows how to write an entertaining story with characters that will stay with you for quite some time to come, and I already look forward to picking this up at the end of October! / / Goodreads

Vicky Pattison - 'A Christmas Kiss' (22 October)

Amber Raey is working all the hours God sends as assistant to one of the country's top fashion designers, and her boss is a complete nightmare. Amber's dream is to launch her own fashion line one day so, for the time being, she just has to grin and bear it. And then opportunity comes knocking and Amber's suddenly on the fast track to the top.

The parties, the glamour, a whirlwind romance - Amber loves every second of her new life. But there's more to this world than its glossy exterior suggests, and when a face from Amber's past reappears, she finds herself in real trouble. With Christmas fast approaching, Amber is drifting further and further away from her family and friends. Can she get her life back on track before it's too late for a merry Christmas?

Why so excited? --> The lead-up to Christmas wouldn't be complete without a glamorous holiday read like 'A Christmas Kiss' by Vicky Pattison! I love the cover and I hope I'll enjoy the story inside just as much! / / Goodreads

Stephanie Butland - 'The Other Half of My Heart' (22 October)

“It smelled bittersweetly of sourdough, and there was the trace of hot, fresh bread in the air. She took a deep breath and unlocked the door”

Fifteen years ago Bettina May’s life’s veered off course in one disastrous night. Still reeling from the shock of losing everything she thought was hers, Bettina opens a bakery in a village and throws herself into the comfort of bread-making.

She spends her days kneading dough and measuring ingredients. She meets someone. She begins to heal.

Until someone who knows what happens that night walks into Bettina's bakery. In the pause of a heartbeat, fifteen years disappear and Bettina remembers a time she thought was lost for ever...

Can she ever go back?

Why so excited? --> An author that's completely new to me, but I already really like both the cover and description of Stephanie Butland's 'The Other Half of My Heart'! / / Goodreads

Ciara Geraghty - 'This is Now' (22 October)

An ordinary day. An ordinary bank. An ordinary street in an ordinary town. Nothing ever happens, until, one day, a shocking robbery turns life upside down for five people:

Cillian, a police detective,
Martha, the woman he thought was the life of his life,
Tobias, who came to Ireland after WWII and now lies in a coma, shot in the bank robbery,
Roman, the young Polish teenager who is suspected of pulling the trigger
and his mother Rosa, the cleaner, who dreamed of a better life for herself and her son...

...and things will never be ordinary again.

Why so excited? --> Another author whom I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet, but I really want to check out one of Ciara Geraghty's novels in the near future. Her new release 'This is Now' promises to be a really intriguing story and I can't wait to pick it up this October. / / Goodreads

Cressida McLaughlin - 'Tinsel and Terriers (Primrose Terrace #4)' (22 October)

Christmas is coming to Primrose Terrace, Pooch Promenade is doing brilliantly and Cat has made lots of new friends in the street, both dogs and their owners. Life seems good. Things start to go badly when Cat learns something about Mark that she wishes she hadn’t. Then, when one of Ellen’s lovable schnauzers, Chalky, gets ill, it looks like this Christmas could be turning into a dog’s dinner. But Cat has never given up on anything in her life – and this is one Christmas that’s definitely worth saving…

Tinsel and Terriers is the fourth and final part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace.

Why so excited? --> It's already the fourth and final part of Cressida McLaughlin's 'Primrose Terrace' series! While I feel sad the series is coming to an end, I can't wait to read what will happen to the characters next!

Carole Matthews - 'The Chocolate Lovers Christmas' (22 October)

Christmas is just around the corner but the women of The Chocolate Lovers' Club have more to worry about than present shopping...

Lucy loves running Chocolate Heaven but she hasn't spent time with her boyfriend, Aiden, in weeks. And then her ex-fiance turns up and things become even more complicated. Nadia hasn't let herself get close to a man in a long time, yet she can't help feeling drawn to Jacob. Will he be her last chance for a happy ending? Chantal and her husband, Ted, are besotted with their baby daughter Lana - but she's not sure that's enough to base a marriage on. Autumn is dealing with a tragedy that has hit too close to home. But when she doesn't get the support she needs from her fiance, will she look elsewhere for comfort? 

Can friendship overcome all in... The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas.

Why so excited? --> Christmas book season wouldn't be the same without a Carole Matthews Christmas story! Carole's novels always leave me with a big smile on my face, and especially her Christmas reads are so incredibly lovely and festive... I can't wait! / / Goodreads

Sophie Kinsella - 'Shopaholic to the Rescue' (22 October)

Becky’s biggest ever challenge takes her to Las Vegas and beyond in a fast-paced, fun-filled, road-trip adventure. Becky’s gone too far in the past - but now she's putting things right. She’s determined to track down her missing dad, help her best friend Suze, bond with her worst enemy Alicia Bitch Long-legs (maybe...) and work out how to play blackjack.

As she discovers quite how much her friends and family need help, she comes up with a brilliant plan. Becky is going to rescue everyone. But can she rescue herself?

Why so excited? --> It's Sophie Kinsella! It's Becky! Do I need to say more?! / / Goodreads

Holly Martin - 'Snowflakes on Silver Cove' (30 October)

Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself… 

Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance. 

As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George. 

But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas? 

Why so excited? --> Oh, I just love love love everything about this novel! Holly Martin is a great author, the title is just wonderful and festive, and the cover is too cute. Definitely at the top of my holiday reading for 2015!

1 October 2015

October 2015 releases! (Part 1)

It seems like Fall really has arrived, which means a lot of rainy and colder days, which means we will need some good reads to keep us warm and occupied! Luckily, I don't even know where to start with next month's releases, because October is going to be one amazing month when it comes to books! It's unbelieveable how many wonderful authors are releasing new novels in the upcoming couple of weeks, and we also have some great Christmas releases to look forward to. Be sure to check out today's and tomorrow's blog post and make a note of the reads you don't want to miss! 

Which releases are you excited about? I'd love to hear from you! If you'd like me to include your book release in this list, feel free to contact me via e-mail or Twitter! :)
Mandy Baggot - 'One Wish in Manhattan' (2 October)

The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish on her mind…to start over. 

With her nine year-old daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for an adventure. From hot chocolates and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park, to ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue – they soon fall in love with the city that never sleeps. 

But there’s more to New York than the bright twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has a Christmas wish of her own – to find her real dad. 

While Hayley tries to fufil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with Billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked. 

Determined to make her daughter’s dream come true, can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might turn into reality – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever? 

Why so excited? --> I really enjoyed Mandy Baggot's previous release 'Truly, Madly, Greekly' and am really excited to see she is treating us to a festive Christmas novel next! I love the cover of 'One Wish in Manhattan' and just know I'll enjoy this! / / Goodreads

Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa - 'Copygirl' (6 October)

So. You want to work in advertising. The glitz, the glamour, the cocktail-fueled brainstorming sessions and Xbox breaks. Sounds like a dream job, right?

Wrong. The reality can be a nightmare. There are five simple rules for succeeding in the ad world—and I think I’ve already broken every single one…

1) Never let them see you cry. Even if your best friend breaks your heart. And posts it all over social media.

2) Be one of the boys. And, if you were born with the wrong equipment, flaunt what you've got to distract them while you get ahead.

3) Come up with the perfect pitch in an instant—or have your resumé ready to go at all times.

4) Trust no one. Seriously. If you don't watch your back, they'll steal your ideas, your pride, even your stapler.

5) Most importantly, don’t ever, under any circumstances, be a CopyGirl.

Trust me. I know…

Why so excited? --> This novel is described as a mix between 'Mad Men' and 'The Devil Wears Prada', which I really enjoyed, and I have to admit it has me quite intrigued! I have a good feeling 'Copygirl' will be a really entertaining read and I'm definitely adding it to my TBR-list. / / Goodreads

Lynn Marie Hulsman - 'A Miracle at Macy's' (8 October)

One lost dog. Two lonely hearts. A Manhattan Christmas full of magic.

Christmas actually is all around with this festive and hilarious rom com from Lynn Marie Hulsman, author of the bestselling Christmas at Thornton Hall and Summer at Castle Stone.

Why so excited? --> I've heard positive things about Lynn Marie Hulsman's novels and unfortunately I haven't had the chance myself to read one of her books. However, hopefully this will change in the next few weeks because I look forward to checking out 'A Miracle at Macy's', which looks like a really cute story! / / Goodreads

Lynsey James - 'The Broken Hearts Book Club' (12 October)

Secrets never stay buried for long...

Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid...

Luna Bay hasn't changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!

Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also 'The Broken Hearts Book Club', Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can't wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.

One way or another, Lucy must finally face the secrets she's kept buried for so long - or spend the rest of her life on the run... 

Why so excited? --> I just love the title of Lynsey James' new novel; 'The Broken Hearts Book Club' already sounds like such a promising read and the cover is simply stunning. Enough reasons to want to read this beauty straight away! / / Goodreads

Elin Hilderbrand - 'Winter Stroll' (13 October)

Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn and his family busily preparing for the holiday season. Though the year has brought tragedy, the Quinns have much to celebrate: Kelley has reunited with his first wife Margaret, Kevin and Isabelle have a new baby; and Ava is finally dating a nice guy. 

But when Kelley's estranged wife Mitzi shows up on the island, along with Kevin's devious ex-wife Norah and a dangerously irresistible old fling of Ava's, the Inn is suddenly overrun with romantic feuds, not to mention guests. With jealousy, passion, and eggnog consumption at an all-time high, it's going to take a whole lot more than a Christmas miracle to get the Quinns--and the Inn--through the holidays intact. 

Why so excited? --> 'Winter Stroll' is the sequel to Elin Hilderbrand's best-selling novel 'Winter Street' and there's nothing like snuggling up with a blanket and a winter-themed novel, if you ask me! I haven't read any of Elin Hilderbrand's novels, but I have a good feeling this one won't disappoint. / / Goodreads

Catherine Ferguson - 'Mistletoe and Mayhem' (15 October)

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Why so excited? --> I got the chance to read Catherine Ferguson's Christmas-themed novel 'Humbugs and Heartstrings' last year and really enjoyed it. This year, she is once again releasing a festive novel which I look forward to picking up! / / Goodreads

Ella Harper - 'The Years of Loving You' (15 October)

What if your first love was your only love?

When Molly is diagnosed with a life changing illness, it feels like her whole world has come crashing down. She hopes the news will make her marriage to Sam stronger. But why does Molly always call best friend Ed in a crisis?

Ed. The very same Ed that Molly fell in love with at a party when they were teenagers, underneath a star-filled sky. Then life took them in very different directions. They could only ever be friends.

Suddenly Molly starts to question every decision she’s ever made. What if they could turn back the clock? Back to the very beginning. When the only certainty they shared was each other …

Why so excited? --> I was so touched by Ella Harper's previous release and I have a good feeling 'The Years of Loving You' will make me shed a tear or two as well! It promises to be a lovely emotional read, so be sure to have a box of tissues ready when you decide to pick this one up! / / Goodreads

Carmel Harrington - 'Every Time a Bell Rings' (15 October)

Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won’t be celebrating.

As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They’ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss.

Hence, Christmas is cancelled.

So when Jim crashes his car one icy December night, after an argument about Lauren, Belle can only blame herself. Everything she loves is lost. And Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born.

But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening…

Will Belle realise, before it’s too late, that her life is the most wonderful life of all?

Why so excited? --> I've seen so many incredibly positive responses from readers and bloggers to Carmel Harrington's writing, so I have already added this festive novel to my TBR-list. It's based on the popular Christmas film 'It's a Wonderful Life' and I am pretty sure this story will be just as wonderful! / / Goodreads

Jenny Hale - 'Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses' (16 October)

Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything, and doesn’t regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold. But with her son, Max, growing up, when a friend recommends her for a small design job she jumps at the chance. How hard can it be? 

Nick Sinclair needs his house decorated in time for his family’s festive visit – and money is no object. What he doesn’t need is to be distracted from his multi-million dollar business – even if it is Christmas. 

When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth. And when she meets the gorgeous, brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she’s in real trouble… 

With the snow falling all around, can Abbey take the chance to make her dreams of being a designer come true? And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?

Why so excited? --> I have only love for Jenny Hale! She's an amazing author and her Christmas novels have become kind of a yearly tradition for me. If there's a story that will get me into a festive mood, it's a Jenny Hale one, so I can't wait to pick up 'Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses'! / / Goodreads

Sarah Morgan - 'Christmas Ever After' (22 October)

Skylar Tempest has never understood Alec Hunter’s appeal. So what if he’s a world-renowned historian? He’s also cynical, aloof and determined to think the worst of her. So when a twist of fate finds her spending the lead-up to Christmas with Alec and his family, she’s not expecting the season to be either merry or bright.

Alec has learned the hard way not to trust beautiful women—and Skylar is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. But as he watches her throw herself into his family’s festive chaos, Alec realises there is far more to this blonde bombshell than meets the eye.

With Christmas around the corner, Alec and Skylar return to Puffin Island, a tentative bond forged between them. Neither intends to fall in love but as the nights become darker, and the fire between them grows hotter, could this be the chance for Alec and Skylar to find their own happy ending?

Why so excited? --> 'Christmas Ever After' is the third part of Sarah Morgan's Puffin Island series and I can't wait for its release! I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of the second part of the series, 'Some Kind of Wonderful', earlier this year and absolutely loved it, so I have high hopes for this one! / / Goodreads

Lisa Dickenson - 'The Twelve Dates of Christmas' (22 October)

At thirty, Claudia's life is stale and the romance with long-term boyfriend, Seth, has disappeared. Determined to inject some festive spark back into their love life, Claudia and Seth go on their first date in a very long time. But when the night ends in disaster, Claudia suddenly finds herself facing life - and Christmas - alone.

Life alone is exciting, scary and full of soon-forgotten exercise regimes and ill-advised attempts at crafting sexy underwear. It's also filling up with dates, surprisingly. With best friends Penny and Nick at her side, a surplus of festive markets, mulled wine and Christmas tunes, Claudia attempts to face all this change with gusto. One thing's for certain: this year, Christmas is going to be very different . . .

Why so excited? --> YES YES YES! If there is one October 2015 or Christmas release you simply must read/buy/get your hands on, it is Lisa Dickenson's 'The Twelve Dates of Christmas.' The book has already been released as an e-book series and it's so funny, romantic and just amazing. A must-read!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more October 2015 releases!