#BookLove: Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog

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It’s time to spread a little more #BookLove and today I’m absolutely delighted to welcome the brilliant blogger Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog to the page to tell us all about her greatest book love and secret crushes. I’m sure many of you have already seen Joanne’s fab blog, but before we find out her all time book favourites, here’s a little more about the person behind the blog.

About Joanne

JBI’m  Joanne and I just love reading! I enjoy a wide variety of books but would say my favourite genres are contemporary fiction or thrillers and I also enjoy a good love story. I love hearing about what others are reading and look forward to sharing what I am reading. I am a member of two book groups plus Book Connectors on Facebook so have plenty people offering inspiration about what new books to read. And plenty people to share details of what I’ve been reading. I review for Lovereading, New Books magazine and Netgalley, as well as sharing my reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, Twitter and Facebook.

You can follow Joanne on the following links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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#BookLove: Sam – Clues and Reviews Blog (@cluesandreviews)

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Today it gives me great pleasure to welcome Sam from Clues and Reviews Book blog. Sam is here to help spread a little more #BookLove.

About Sam

SamI am a book obsessed teacher with has a serious book-a-day novel addiction.  Although I am a little bit obsessed with the mystery/thriller genre, I also find myself reading books in the horror, contemporary romance, and chick-lit genre as well! Basically,  I have been on the hunt for amazing books for as long as I can remember.

I love perusing book blogs for inspiration for my next read so I figured that I would take a crack at helping others find theirs!

With a monstrous TBR pile, I love to know other people’s recommendations so please let me know your favourites!

You can follow Sam at the following links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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#BookLove: Rachel Emms (@emms_rachel)

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Today I’m joined by Rachel Emms of Chillers Killers and Thrillers Blog. Rachel is here to help spread a little #BookLove.

About Rachel


I’m Rachel, and I love books. And when I say I love them, I mean I obsess about them so much that I literally start dreaming about them.

Let’s just say that after reading the Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, I was obviously as bad-ass as Clary, fighting demons in my sleep. Then disappointment snuck in when I woke up and remembered I live in London, not New York. Oh, and the special talent for reading ancient runes and saving mankind wielding a seraph blade? Yeah, not me.

I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. After completing my BA in Creative Writing and two writing courses with Writers Academy, I decided to do a Masters in Creative writing specialising in Crime Thriller novels.

I absolutely love immersing myself in stories, for me reading is a type of escapism which transports you into another world with characters who you like, hate, or just generally get frustrated at. A story is full of emotion; makes you laugh, cry and is just pure entertainment.

You can follow Rachel at the following links:


Instagram: chillerskillersthrillers

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#BookLove: Kirsty Ferry (@kirsty_ferry)

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Welcome back to #BookLove. Today it’s Kirsty Ferry’s turn to take over the blog and help us spread a little book love by sharing a few of her favourite books.

About Kirsty


Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale Enchantment. She has also written North East based novels, short stories and articles for magazines such as Weekly News, Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices and It’s Fate.

Her timeslip novel, Some Veil Did Fall, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, The Girl in the Painting in February 2016 and The Girl in the Photograph in March 2017. The experience of signing Some Veil Did Fall in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!

Kirsty’s day-job involves sharing a Georgian building with an eclectic collection of ghosts – which can sometimes prove rather interesting.

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About Some Veil Did Fall

What if you recalled memories from a life that wasn’t yours, from a life before …?

When Becky steps into Jonathon Nelson’s atmospheric photography studio in Whitby, she is simply a freelance journalist in search of a story. But as soon as she puts on the beautiful Victorian dress and poses for a photograph, she becomes somebody quite different …

From that moment on, Becky is overcome with visions and flashbacks from a life that isn’t her own – some disturbing and filled with fear.

As she and Jon begin to unravel the tragic mystery behind her strange experiences, the natural affinity they have for each other continues to grow and leads them to question … have they met somewhere before? Perhaps not just in this life but in another?

About The Girl In The Painting

What if you thought you knew a secret that could change history?

Whilst standing engrossed in her favourite Pre-Raphaelite painting – Millais’s Ophelia – Cori catches the eye of Tate gallery worker, Simon, who is immediately struck by her resemblance to the red-haired beauty in the famous artwork.he attraction is mutual, but Cori has other things on her mind.

She has recently acquired the diary of Daisy, a Victorian woman with a shocking secret. As Cori reads, it soon becomes apparent that Daisy will stop at nothing to be heard, even outside of the pages of her diary…

Will Simon stick around when life becomes increasingly spooky for Cori, as she moves ever closer to uncovering the truth about Daisy’s connection to the girl in her favourite painting?

About The Girl In The Photograph

What if the past was trying to teach you a lesson?

Staying alone in the shadow of an abandoned manor house in Yorkshire would be madness to some, but art enthusiast Lissy de Luca can’t wait. Lissy has her reasons for seeking isolation, and she wants to study the Staithes Group – an artists’ commune active at the turn of the twentieth century.

Lissy is fascinated by the imposing Sea Scarr Hall – but the deeper she delves, the stranger things get. A lonely figure patrols the cove at night, whilst a hidden painting leads to a chilling realisation. And then there’s the photograph of the girl; so beautiful she could be a mermaid … and so familiar.

As Lissy further immerses herself, she comes to an eerie conclusion: The occupants of Sea Scarr Hall are long gone, but they have a message for her – and they’re going to make sure she gets it.

 You can follow Kirsty on her Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Her three novels are available to purchase here.

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#BookLove: Alexina Golding (@bookstormer )

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Welcome back to #BookLove. Today it’s blogger Alexina Golding’s turn to take over the reins and help us spread a little book love by sharing a few of her favourite books.

About Alexina

AGI was always an avid reader as a child, going to the library, reading on the reading train and taking as many books home as possible.

My reading throughout my life has fluctuated with how busy I have been, so varied from books, to magazines, to both, to back again.  Genres changed across the years too.

With running a business from home ( well actually, just about to change careers), I found I couldn’t always go out, with the invention of the kindle. This meant that I could read and download books as and when.  I do still love paperbacks and hardbacks, but the kindle is great for ease and I have found so many new independent authors.

So, with teens, a house to run, cats, a husband and a business…I read to escape, imagine and enjoy another world. I don’t watch much television.

What I do is read, what I would like the blog to do is give something back to the authors, to shout about their book, to share what I have read with others.

My favourite Genre is Psychological thrillers, but I read a broad range of books, and mix them up as I go along.

I recently met Anthea Bell, who has translated so many books, including Asterix. What a whole new aspect of reading that taught  me, I am going to more and more book launches, and events. I was lucky enough to be able to attend Harrogate this year, I didn’t know two years ago such things existed. So as well as reading books to escape, I am escaping to book events.

This is what I want to share with you through the blog, my reading life…

I have met so many fantastic people, and through this have just started working for Bloodhound Books Publishing Company, A dream come true…

You can follow Alexina at her blog: www.bookstormer.co.uk, or on Facebook and Twitter.

What a reading space right?


Childhood Sweetheart
Favourite book from childhood

Enid Blytons books….various and Sweet Valley High.


First love
The first book you fell in love with

OMG, I don’t know..all of them! I read so much as a child…. I would devour them. I just loved reading. I guess though, it would have been Virginia Andrews  Flowers in The Attic, it was like nothing I had read before and my first grown up read, in my early teens.


Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with

Adam from Flowers For the Dead, you shouldn’t love him…but you do.


Weirdest book crush
Well… duh

Sarah E England’s Tanners Dell, the second in the trilogy, and it is more the placement and setting that I fell in love with rather than the characters…it is haunting and clever. I don’t usually read occult horror…


Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end

Into The Darkest Corner as I didn’t want to know the outcome… and it has stayed with me for so long and it changed my reading genre to dark and devious.


The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.

I haven’t read books from Agatha Christie, or Stephen King and need to rectify that this year. Crime reads are new to me and although I read so many, I haven’t read any from these authors!

Secret love
Guilty Reading pleasure

Reading The School Gate Survival Guide more than once, it isn’t something I do, with so many great books to read, but I can re read that one…the characters are simply wonderful and it is like being home when I read that book.


Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre

Crime thrillers – at the moment it is Malcolm Hollingdrake’s series, I just love his writing style, so I battle between him and Steven Dunne. It is I think due to the depth of the story and they bring everyday crimes to us with a twist, but both authors in their own individual way. If they both brought a book out at the same time, I would have a battle with which to read first.

Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months

Betsy Freeman Reavely, all her books are so different and heart wrenching in a dark way… Her favourite of mine is Beneath The Watery Moon, mainly because I wanted to save the character and not read to the end, and also because she nearly made me throw up with the twists and turns near the end of the book….


Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?

The School Gate Survival Guide By Kerry Fisher and it would be to most of my friends, even if you don’t read womans fiction this has it all…


Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.

The Wishing Tree by Enid Blyton,, it was such a joy to revisit and re read It to both my children and it was magical and I really wish I could climb a tree and visit another land some days.


Thanks Alexina. Some great choices in there and I can see a few more books finding their way into my TBR list fairly soon…

What do you think everyone? Do any of these books make your #Booklove lists too? Join me on Saturday when Kirsty Ferry will be confessing all about her #BookLove. There are some classics in store for you all there!

Have a brilliantly bookish day all