#BlogTour: The Future Can’t Wait by Angelena Boden @AngelenaBoden @urbanebooks

Today it’s my pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for The Future Can’t Wait by Angelena Boden. Thanks go to Abby Fairbrother and publisher Urbane for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

TFCWThe Official Book Blurb

The Future Can’t Wait is the emotive and compelling second novel from Angelena Boden, author of the gripping The Cruelty of Lambs.

Kendra Blackmore is trying to be a good mother and a good wife, as well as pursuing her pressurised teaching career. Then Kendra’s half-Iranian daughter Ariana (Rani) undergoes an identity crisis which results in her running away from home and cutting off all contact with her family. 

Sick with worry and desperate to understand why her home-loving daughter would do this, Kendra becomes increasingly desperate for answers – and to find any way possible to discover the truth and bring her estranged daughter home…

The Future Can’t Wait is a gripping story of a mother’s love, and the lengths we would all go to in order to know our children are safe.

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Festive Reads: Enid Blyton’s Christmas Tales @mgriffiths163

This morning it’s two more festive reads reviewed by Mandie, starting with Enid Blyton’s Christmas Tales. These really do take on a new meaning when read with adult eyes!!

EBCT.jpgThe Official Book Blurb

Enid Blyton’s timeless collection of Christmas stories – an ideal gift for anyone who loved the stories during their own childhood to pass on to the next generation of readers.

Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories was so popular that readers asked for another collection – and here it is! Nobody captures the spirit of Christmas like Enid Blyton, and in these stories – which are perfect for reading alone or sharing – she describes the excitement of anticipating gifts, the pleasures of making special food, of singing carols, and coming together to share good times with friends and families. As ever with Blyton, there is mischief and mayhem but good always prevails in the end.

This is an entirely different set of stories to the ones included in Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories. All stories previously appeared in magazines and anthologies from the 40s and 60s. This collection contains the original texts and is unillustrated.

The stories in this collection are:
One Christmas Eve 
All the Way to Santa Claus 
Annabelle’s Little Thimble 
A Coat for the Snowman 
The Extraordinary Christmas Tree 
On His Way Home 
Good Gracious, Santa Claus! 
No Present for Benny 
First Walk in December 
The Christmas Tree Fairy 
A Christmas Legend 
The Christmas Bicycle 
The Battle in the Toyshop 
A Grand Visitor 
The Little Carol Singer 
The Man Who Wasn’t Father Christmas 
A Christmas Wish 
He Belonged to the Family 
A Hole in her Stocking 
Christmas in the Toyshop 
They Didn’t Believe in Santa Claus! 
Bobbo’s Magic Stocking 
On Christmas Night 
Little Mrs Millikin 
Second Walk in December 
The Magic Snow-bird

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Festive Reads: This Way To Christmas by Anita Bijsterbosh and Christmas Stories for Kids by Uncle Amon @mgriffiths163

More festive fun from Mandie, this time This Way To Christmas by Anita Bijsterbosh and Christmas Stories for Kids by Uncle Amon.

TWTC.jpgThe Official Book Blurb

Big Bear is carrying a glass Christmas ornament. Fluffy Raccoon has a Christmas star. And Reindeer is dragging along an entire Christmas tree. But where are all the animals going?
A delightful story about forest animals celebrating Christmas together.

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#Review: Zenka by Alison Brodie @alisonbrodie2

Happy publication day to Alison Brodie, whose very funny new novel, Zenka, is released today. I read Alison’s last book, Brake Failure and loved the humour threading throughout the book, so when offered the chance to read Zenka, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Before we find out my thoughts on the book, let’s take a look at what it’s all about.

Zenka_Final_Amazon_1535x2500The Official Book Blurb

Devious, ruthless, and loyal.

Zenka is a capricious Hungarian with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knives and shotguns.

Jack discovers he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.

Zenka takes charges. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she will make Nicholas into the sort of son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!

Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.

As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:

How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?

And is Zenka really who she says she is?

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#Review: Christmas at the Falling Down Guest House by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK @NottingHillPR

Today I’m sharing my review of the wonderfully funny and festive new release from Lilly Bartlett, Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse. The book is released tomorrow and a massive thanks to the author and publishers Notting Hill Press for the advance copy for review.

CATFDGHThe Official Book Blurb

Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse!

Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood. 

But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?

As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hand, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse.

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