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Callie’s Christmas Wish: Still Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland Blog Tour with Review

26 Nov

Callie's Christmas Wish

Callie’s Christmas Wish

by Jessica Redland



Christmas is approaching and love is in the air at Bay View Care Home. Supervising carer, Callie Derbyshire, is blissfully happy with new boyfriend, Rhys. The tree’s up, the lights are twinkling, and, with the Christmas Eve wedding of one of the residents, Iris, to look forward to, everything is perfect.
Well, almost.
Rhys’s ex has him at her beck and call, yet refuses to let Callie meet their baby daughter. Callie’s ex is intent on stirring up trouble. And Callie’s favourite resident, Rhys’s nanna, Ruby, hasn’t been her usual self since Iris announced her engagement.
Convinced that Ruby’s lonely, especially after discovering the truth about her lost love, Callie’s determined to give Ruby’s romantic story the happy ending it deserves. Ruby might be adamant that the past should be left in the past. But, when it comes to true love, surely a little well-meaning meddling and a Christmas wish or two can’t do any harm. After all, it’s never to late to let love in again. Or is it?
A heartwarming Christmas story of finding new love, and the courage to revisit a love that was lost long ago.

Christie’s Review


If you are looking for that special Christmas read, then look no further than Callie’s Christmas Wish. It will definitely put you in the holiday spirit!!!!

Callie and a good majority of the characters were introduced in the book, Raving for Rhys. This one is a continuation of sorts of Callie and Rhys’s romance. It’s nearing Christmas, but not everyone is enjoying the magical season. Callie is very happy with Rhys, but his ex is causing trouble. She won’t allow Callie to spend anytime with Rhys’s daughter,, and she seems to have Rhys on a short leash, even though they aren’t together. If that wasn’t enough, Callie’s jerk ex, Tony, has shown back up causing trouble. Rhys grandmother, Ruby, is somewhat down in the dumps since her friend, Iris, is now engaged. Anyone who knows Callie knows she is determined to not let any of this ruin Christmas.

When she spends more time with Ruby, she learns more about her past, and this is where the book’s focus shifts to Ruby and her own happily ever after. I knew Ruby had a colorful past, and I was right. I loved discovering more about her and her lost love.

Redland manages to juggle several characters’ stories at one time, and she does it flawlessly. What she gives us is a magical book about love, reconciliation, and second chances, all while showing us it’s never too late, or you’re never too old to find love!!!!

If the book wasn’t good enough, Redland also gives us insight into her writing process and how this story developed….that made it even better. So, find a quiet place with a warm cup of tea or coffee and settle in to read this most wonderful book!!!!!

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Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella.
She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast — the inspiration for the settings in her books — with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!
Her passion for North Yorkshire is shared by fellow-writer and great friend, Sharon Booth and, together, they are the Yorkshire Rose Writers.
Jessica tries to balance her time — often unsuccessfully — between being an HR tutor, trying to re-learn how to play the piano, studying towards a Masters in Creative Writing, and writing itself. Who needs sleep?

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The Barn of Buried Dreams by Chrissie Bradshaw Mini Blog Blitz with Q & A with Author & Giveaway (Paperback copy of ‘The Barn of Buried Dreams’, limited edition mug featuring both of Chrissie Bradshaw’s  novels and a box of fresh macarons delivered from ‘Urban Cakehouse’ (Open to UK Only)

18 Nov


The Barn of Buried Dreams

The Barn of Buried Dreams

by Chrissie Bradshaw



Erin and Heather Douglas are struggling. Their mother’s death has left a void in their family and everyday life has side-lined their dreams.

Erin has buried herself away in the family home and left her stage career. By hiding away, she is evading the pain of returning to London and the acting world where her ex-fiancé is enjoying success and a new relationship. When she meets charismatic Texan Jackson McGee, she wrestles with her feelings for him. Should she trust another man?

Heather is juggling babies, work, a rocky marriage and running on wine. An overheard conversation makes her ask, would Mark cheat on her?

Can the sisters help one another to face their fears, dust off and revive those dreams and find joy in life?


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Q & A with Chrissie Bradshaw:


How did you come up with the idea for this book?

My novels are stand alone yet they are linked because they are set around one or two families in a Northumbrian village called Dunleith. This is a village near the border to Scotland where ‘reivers’ from either side were bandits and it was a bit like the wild west so characters are hardy.  Some of the characters of book one come into book two. They can be read in either order.

The whole idea for ‘The Barn of Buried Dreams’ arose because Heather Douglas was a ‘best friend’ to Cleo Moon in ‘A Jarful of Moondreams’ and, because she is quite a strong character, she wanted her own story. I gave her equal billing with her sister Erin in ‘The Barn of Buried Dreams’ because Heather is a bit like Marmite and Erin is just lovely and, as sisters, their stories intertwine.

(Marmite is a salty yeast spread that we eat in the UK and you either love it or detest it)

What was your favorite thing about each character?

Heather first appears in a small role in my first novel. She is a fiesty drama queen who demanded a story of her own. Remember the Marmite comparison? You love her or you want to shake her.I really put her through the mill in ‘The Barn of Buried Dreams’ and she came through. My favorite thing about her is that her heart is in the right place.

Heather’s sister, Erin has had a wonderful life and then been hit hard by the loss of her mother and a break up with her fiancé. I love her thoughtfulness and her strength of character that shines through in the end.

Jackson McGee my Texan hero is my favorite kind of man. Good-natured, good-looking, strong yet vulnerable. Have you seen Scott Eastwood, Clint Eastwood’s son? He’d be perfect in the role of Jackson.

Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?

I do! I played Fleetwood Mac’s version of ‘How do you hang on to a dream?’ a lot. One of the characters is in musical theatre so I played, ‘Les Mis’ quite a bit. Lastly, I played music from ‘Nashville’ because I love it and my Texan Jackson McGee loves it too. I’d have Deacon Claybourne (Charles Estes) playing Jackson’s dad. What a father-in-law.

Any favorite foods/drinks you like while writing?

Black tea with a biscuit (cookie) or two.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always liked reading and writing my own stories came from that. I knew I’d write novels one day. In my late twenties and thirties, I juggled my career with being a single parent and my dreams of writing novels, finding my ideal man or travelling had to be put on hold. My energy was used up with the school run, a challenging job and after school activities. Luckily, I loved my job and loved my daughter so I was tired but happy and fulfilled. Those childhood years are precious and we can’t grab them back even though we sometimes think the summer holidays are neverending! My three dreams were buried away but eventually they all saw daylight. My younger self would be amazed to know that I’d be a happily remarried, well- travelled author, one day.

What made me knuckle down to writing a novel was a bloody great storm in my G cup. That kick started it all! I was fit and healthy so I surprised when I found out I had an aggressive breast cancer but I didn’t ever think ‘why me?’  Why not when it happens to 1 in 8 of us women? I felt numb as I prepared for the treatments and prepared for the worst scenario. Would my time be far shorter than I’d ever imagined?

Secretly( I didn’t want to upset my family) I set about writing a bucket list. I’m good at writing lists but not so great at carrying them out! This was the most important list I’d written. I thought about writing and the pleasure it gave me so that went on the list. I thought I would quite like to do a lot of things but nothing compared to writing. My real regret was  not ever getting down to writing those novels in my head so my bucket list was short. Write a novel!

As soon as my ‘chemo fog’ lifted, I got to work on an idea I had been playing around with for far too long. At that point, I didn’t care if my novel was published or not as long as I finished it. That was my promise to myself.

 What are some are your favorite reads?

My favourite reads include ‘Me Before You’ and anything by JoJo Moyes.

‘Rachel’s Holiday ‘ and every book by the brilliant Marian Keyes.

Jane Fallon, Jane Green and Lisa Jewell are also writers I love. I devour their novels as soon as they are released.

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Win a Paperback copy of ‘The Barn of Buried Dreams’, limited edition mug featuring both of Chrissie Bradshaw’s  novels and a box of fresh macarons delivered from ‘Urban Cakehouse’. (Open to UK Only)

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Autumn Antics (The Boardwalk by the Sea Book 2) by Georgina Troy Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway {Win an Autumn Antics Locket and Tote Bag (Open Internationally)}

14 Oct

Autumn Antics

Autumn Antics (The Boardwalk by the Sea Book 2)

by Georgina Troy


Being a part-time hand model can be tricky, especially when you have to deal with prima donnas like Megan Knight, a reality star whose meteoric rise has surprised everyone. Bella is happiest running her tiny antique business from the front room of her cottage on the boardwalk. To ensure she has enough income coming in, she also rents out two of her bedrooms and is hiding a secret crush on one of her lodgers. His name is Jack and he also happens to be her best friend Sacha’s brother.

If life wasn’t complicated enough, her world-travelling mother appears on her doorstep on the same evening that Jack’s ex-fiancée arrives on the boardwalk determined to win him back. Bella has a lot of thinking to do and soon discovers that not all gems sparkle.

Christie’s Review


Sweet, enjoyable read with memorable characters!

Autumn Antics centers around Bella. This is the second book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone!

Bella is a part-time hand model, but she loves her beloved island home. She runs a tiny antique business, and she rents her home out to two lodgers. She has had a crush on one of her lodgers,Jack, for years. She is hoping the two can maybe discover a relationship outside the bounds of friendship, but there are about to be a lot of obstacles put in their path.

Jack’s ex shows up trying to get back together. Then, her long lost mother returns hoping to repair the relationship she broke years ago. If that wasn’t enough, reality star, Megan Knight, shows up as well. With all these distractions, will she and Jack ever get their chance?

I found the storyline very enjoyable. The setting was absolutely stunning. The author did an amazing job of taking right there to that beautiful island. The characters are quirky, and I loved them. The romance between Jack and Bella was everything I hoped it would be and the wait was well worth it.

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Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. She recently signed with HarperCollins’ romance imprint HarperImpulse to write an historical romance to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr will be published in e-book format on 12 October 2018 and in paperback on 27 December 2018.

Georgina was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss and a finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2015. Her first four-book series, The Jersey Scene and books 1 and 2 of her second series, The Boardwalk by the Sea are available.

She also writes thrillers as Ella Drummond and lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.

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Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe (Little Duck Pond Cafe, Book 3) Blog Tour with Review

14 Oct

Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe

by Rosie Green



Fen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.
She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.
But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league. 
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

Christie’s Review


Rosie Green has created a wonderful series with great characters I have come to absolutely love! I have LOVED all of the books, but this one is by far my favorite so far!!!

This one Fen’s story, and boy does she have a story to tell. I have always loved Fen, and I can relate to her. I have always been much quieter than my friends, so I can understand Fen’s struggle with fitting in. It takes a great deal to step out of your comfort zone, and I was so happy that she had reached a point to speak up for herself and try new things. She was incredibly talented and intelligent. I wanted her to take the opportunities that were in front of her. I was so glad she had someone like Rob in her corner that was so supportive of her and urged her to take a chance on things. She does find herself attracted to two very different men, Ethan and Rob. She has always had a crush on Ethan, and he is finally noticing her. Rob has been steadfast in his support of her, but she isn’t sure if he sees her as anything more than a friend. She will have to look deeper into each man to discover the one she belongs with.

Even though this is Fen’s story, I was excited to see the characters I have come to love from the earlier novels. Jaz and Ellie are going through some of their own issues with their boyfriends. We do get some insight into that, but it never takes away from Fen’s story. I got a deeper look into her complicated relationship with her mother. This is an important part of the book as her mother has played a big part in the adult she has become.

This is really one of my favorite series. I love the setting, and I always feel like I’m a part of the story myself. The characters are different from one another, and I really like quirky characters. One thing is a bit different in this book. There is a question in this book that isn’t quite answered, and I see that the next book in the series is about Fen as well. Don’t fear…no cliffhanger! However, I am intrigued how Fen will react when she discovers the answer to her unanswered question!

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Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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Oh! What a Pavolova Book Birthday Blitz with Review, Q & A with the Author, & Giveaway {Win a signed copy of The Cocktail Bar (Open Internationally)}

14 Oct

Oh What A Pavlova


Oh! What a Pavlova

by Isabella May


Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation. 

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

Christie’s Review


Very well-written and thought provoking book!

Looking at Kate from the outside, at first glance, you would think she lives a life anyone would envy. However, if you took a deeper look, you would see it’s anything but that. She lives a double-life. She is a successful businesswoman and travels all over the world, meeting interesting people along the way. At home, if’s very different, she has lived with a man who is quick-tempered and abusive. As she continues to travel, she begins to think maybe there is a better, happy future for her, but she is the one who has to take that first step before things get a lot worse.

There were times I wanted to slap some sense into Kate. She is by no means perfect. She has flings with men, but she always goes home to Daniel every single time. Her taste in men at times is definitely not the best. I wanted her to get off the dangerous merry go round she was on, yet I could understand her reasons because of her fear and self-confidence issues which are all parts of being captive in a violent relationship with someone.

I thought Isabella May did a great job of showing her readers some aspects of domestic violence that we may not always see or even know about. Kate is successful. She does travel, and she seeks the companionship of men who may give her a brief respite. She also shows us those men don’t fix the issue. Kate has do do that for herself. She has to learn to love herself and be healthy before she can jump into another relationship. She told  Kate’s story with love, understanding, and even gave us a few laughs. Hopefully, someone in a similar relationship will read Kate’s story and take his or her first step to finding a life that is both safe and happy!

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Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

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Q & A with Isabella May


How did you come up with the idea for this book?

Seven years, a whole lot of brainstorming, a burning desire to dispel the myth that a violent relationship is violent all of the time, a background in publishing, and a huge love of cake.


What was your favorite things about each character?

Well, there are a lot of versatile characters jumping across the pages of ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’, so we’d be here a while if I listed them all…

I’ll plump for three of the main females instead:

Kate – spontaneous, intuitive, creative

Daisy – literary, supportive, dependable, an excellent listener

Steph – body positive, self-assured, rule-breaker


​ Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?

No, I need absolute silence when I write. The lyrics of my favourite artists would probably end up in my sentences! I’ve yet to experiment with a little light classical music as a backdrop though…


Any favorite foods/drinks you like while writing?

Coffee, cake, and copious amounts of water.


When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I think my inner-self has been nudging me in this direction all my life. As a small child I would create witty stories complete with (badly drawn!) illustrations. As a slightly older kid, I moved on to surreptitiously passing folded concertina paper games of ‘Consequences’ around the classroom. As a grown-up (although I’m not sure I’ve done a whole lot of that), I loved nothing more than to concoct essay-style emails in the workplace in response to my male colleagues’ bullet point questions.


What are some are your favorite reads?

I’m a huge fan of Joanne Harris and love the way she fuses magical realism into real life. Daisy James and Julie Caplin write some pretty damn good romantic comedies. I’m also a sucker for a bit of Jonas Jonasson wit, as well as a Julian Fellowes period drama.


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Christmas on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale Blog Tour with Review

4 Oct

Christmas on Lily Pond Lane

Christmas on Lily Pond Lane

by Emily Harvale



Snow is falling in Little Pondale, lights are twinkling and the smell of pine trees and roasting chestnuts fills the air …

But Mia Ward is in a bit of a jam. She’d planned to rent out Corner Cottage for Christmas but thanks to best friend, Ella Swann, it’s double-booked. Now Mia’s got to let one ‘party’ down, or find another cottage – fast.

Best friends and single mums, Cathy Cole and Christy Franks want their kids to have an old-fashioned Christmas. Ice-skating, carol singing, making decorations, and tobogganing are on their list of festive fun and Little Pondale is the perfect place. Especially as it has no mobile phone reception. That will make it harder for Cathy to be found.

City banker, Leo Hardman is wondering if renting a cottage for Christmas as an anniversary surprise for his parents, was such a good idea. Little Pondale may be where his parents met, but his mum doesn’t seem pleased to be back, and his brother, Hal isn’t happy that the village is so tiny and only has one pub.

Meanwhile, Jenny Lake is settling in at her cousin’s bakery, having left her (broken) heart in Florence, but Christmas was never her favourite time of year. And Reverend Glen Fox has taken over at St Michael and All Angels. He’s glad it’s a temporary post because village life is not for him.

But luckily, for locals and visitors alike, there’s a sleigh-load of Christmas magic heading for Lily Pond Lane; enough to put a sparkle in everyone’s festive season. Although Christmas may not go quite as each of them has planned.

Christie’s Review


Emily Harvale has again given her fans another great addition to her wonderful, heartwarming series. I was so glad to see that there was a Christmas addition!!

Harvale returns with some of my favorites, Mia, Ella, and Jet while meeting new ones. I have to be honest and say though, I was most curious of where Mia and Jet’s relationship is going. These two have had quite the journey, and Harvale exceeded all my expectations!

Harvale has always captured my heart with her storyline and her characters, but this one was really special. She truly captured the Christmas spirit. It certainly put me in the “holiday spirit.” She does such a great job of creating such a detailed setting, and I can always picture it so clearly in my mind.

One of the reasons I love this series so much is because I feel like I have gotten to know the characters I met from the very first book. They have grown and changed so much. I feel like I’m catching up with old friends. As always, I will be looking forward to returning in the future and seeing where the characters will take me!

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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Belonging by Rhoda Baxter Blog Tour with Review

1 Oct




by Rhoda Baxter



She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?

Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.

Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.

As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.

But with attraction comes guilt.

Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?

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Rhoda Baxter gives her readers a deeper insight into the grieving process in this witty, heartfelt novella!

Harriet and Niamh are dealing with the loss of the man they loved, Richard. He was Harriet’s boyfriend and Niamh’s father. Harriet lives in a small village trying to survive day by day, but at night, drowning her sorrows with alcohol and men. Niamh has no one to turn to because her mother, Mel, detested her father, and she will hardly even let her daughter utter her ex’s name. One weekend, these two will meet, and everything will change for them.

Mel takes off when her mother leaves for a retreat to see Harriet. In a panic, her Uncle Tim, Mel’s twin, follows her. He has every intention of bringing her straight back home and away from the woman who he thinks destroyed his sister’s life. However, people aren’t always who they seem to be, especially when you don’t really know them. Tim finds this out quickly when he meets Harriet. She isn’t the horrible woman his sister made her out to be. She is a woman who has lost the love of her life and is hurting as much as his niece is.

This is a shorter read, but Baxter left nothing out at all. She shows her readers that not everyone grieves in the same way. Harriet has lived in the dark despair of it for almost a year, but Niamh shifts something inside of her. She realizes she wants to live again. Harriet helps Niamh understand her mother a bit better. And maybe, just maybe she can find love again with Tim, which was something neither of them were expecting.

While this is a bit of a romance, it really does sit on the back burner as it mostly a story of healing and second chances. I would love to revisit these characters in the future as I think they still have some of their stories left to tell.

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Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romances with heart and a touch of cynicism. She has had several novels published by the award winning publisher Choc Lit. Writing under her other pen name, Jeevani Charika, she has been published by Bonnier Zaffre. Her books have been shortlisted for awards such as the RoNA Romantic Comedy of the Year (in 2017), Love Stories Award (in 2015) and the Joan Hessayon Award (2012).

Rhoda started off as a microbiologist and then drifted out of research and into technology transfer. When choosing a penname, she was hit by a fit of nostalgia and named herself after the bacterium she studied during her PhD. She has lived in a variety of places including Sri Lanka, Yap (it’s a real place), Halifax, Oxford and Didcot (also a real place). She tends to judge the standard of living by the quality and availability of tea and cake. She now lives with her young family in East Yorkshire, where the tea and cake provision is excellent.

You can find her wittering on about cake and science and other random things on her website (, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@rhodabaxter). Please do say hello if you’re passing.

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