Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Review: The Vampire Book Club - Nancy Warren

I was a divorced, middle-aged witch banished to Ireland.
My life could be summed up in a limerick...

There once was a misguided witch
Who tried a man’s fate to switch
Her punishment set
To Ireland she must get
But better than feathers and pitch!

With a name like Quinn Calahan I sounded as Irish as a leprechaun dancing a jig on a four leafed clover, but the truth was, I’d never been closer to the emerald isle than drinking green beer at the St Patrick’s day street party in Boston until I messed up so badly I had to leave the US. I was offered a job in a tiny village in Ireland that no one’s ever heard of. And I think that was the point in sending me there. How much trouble could a divorced, middle-aged witch get into in a village that boasted very few residents, one crumbling castle that attracted no tourists, and a post office that was only open Mondays and Thursdays?

You’d be surprised.

You will fall in love with this series about second chances, magical mayhem, and book club unlike any other. From the author of the best-selling Vampire Knitting Club series.

The Vampire Book Club Series:
The Vampire Book Club
Chapter and Curse (July 2020)
A Spelling Mistake (October 2020)

Visit Nancy Warren's website for more information

Review:
Quinn knew it was wrong using her magic to try and save the life of her ex-husband but she never expected the consequences to be quite so harsh. Banished from her coven she is given 2 weeks to pack up her entire life in America before being shipped off to a small village in Ireland where she's due to take charge of the local book shop. It's a total culture shock for her when she first arrives but what really throws her for a loop is the dead body she finds behind the counter the first time she enters the shop. It's not in Quinn's nature to sit back and wait for someone else to solve this mystery but when you're new in town it's hard to tell friends from potential foes.

The Vampire Book Club was a fun start to Nancy Warren's new series. I liked Quinn's character and found it made a change to read about a slightly older character than most books, Quinn is in her 40s and pretty confident in herself which was great. Her life has been turned upside down but she's determined to make a go of things and throws herself into making new friends and meeting the other villagers. I would have liked to have seen a little more of her magic so I hope that comes out to play more in future books.

I love the idea of the Vampire Book Club and the members seemed quite fun so I'm looking forward to spending more time with them. I also enjoyed meeting the residents of Ballydehag, there were lots of colourful characters and plenty of them are keeping secrets too. I'm really curious to find out what happened to the owner of the book shop, it appears she was also sent away after doing something she shouldn't have but we've not been given any information about what she did or where she's gone. I think there's definitely more to learn about there so it'll be interesting to see what we discover in the next book.

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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I was a divorced, middle-aged witch banished to Ireland.
My life could be summed up in a limerick...

There once was a misguided witch
Who tried a man’s fate to switch
Her punishment set
To Ireland she must get
But better than feathers and pitch!

With a name like Quinn Calahan I sounded as Irish as a leprechaun dancing a jig on a four leafed clover, but the truth was, I’d never been closer to the emerald isle than drinking green beer at the St Patrick’s day street party in Boston until I messed up so badly I had to leave the US. I was offered a job in a tiny village in Ireland that no one’s ever heard of. And I think that was the point in sending me there. How much trouble could a divorced, middle-aged witch get into in a village that boasted very few residents, one crumbling castle that attracted no tourists, and a post office that was only open Mondays and Thursdays?

You’d be surprised.

You will fall in love with this series about second chances, magical mayhem, and book club unlike any other. From the author of the best-selling Vampire Knitting Club series.


About the Author:

Nancy's a USA today bestselling author of more than 60 novels. Nancy's originally from Vancouver, Canada but she tends to wander. She currently lives in an 18th century house in Bath, England where she loves to pretend she's Jane Austen, or at least a character in a Jane Austen novel. When she's not writing, she's hiking, skiing, traveling or sipping wine. She's appeared on the front page of the New York Times (when her book, Speed Dating launched Harlequin's NASCAR series), has been a clue in a crossword puzzle (National Post, Canada) and she's been a finalist for the RITA award three times, honored by Romantic Times Magazine and often shares her love of writing in her popular workshops.

Connect with Nancy!

Website -- nancywarren.net
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Bookbub -- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/nancy-warren
Twitter -- https://twitter.com/nancywarren1

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Release Blitz: Butterfly Bayou - Lexi Blake


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Life in Dallas took a tragic turn for nurse practitioner Lila Daley. In need of a fresh start, she retreats to Papillon, Louisiana, a tiny town on the bayou. Sure she's greeted by a gator, finds herself in the middle of golf cart wars, and unwittingly adopts a scruffy dog, but Lila remains undaunted. She's focused on running the town's medical clinic, but fitting into the quirky community is harder than she imagined.

As a single dad, Sheriff Armie LaVigne embraces routine. But there is nothing routine about the town's newest resident. Lila is a gorgeous fish out of water and he’s ready to catch her. In fact, in no time at all, Armie knows Lila is the woman for him and he plans to win her heart. But when the past threatens their happiness, Armie will have to decide if he has the courage to trust Lila enough to find a true happily ever after.


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About Lexi Blake


New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. Since starting her publishing journey in 2010, she’s sold over three million copies of her books. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings.

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Monday, 4 May 2020

April 2020 Recap


Firstly I just wanted to give a quick update and apologise for things being so slow around here lately. Obviously this has been a really strange time for the whole world and I'm finding that the stress is kicking my butt. I've managed to do a bit more reading this month (mainly because I've been cheating with graphic novels & shorter stories rather than full length novels LOL) but I'm finding it so hard to concentrate on anything and blogging has fallen by the wayside. I'm hoping to get myself back in gear soon but I hope you'll bear with me if it takes me a while to get things back to normal.

I hope that wherever you are in the world you and your loved ones are managing to stay safe in these difficult circumstances and I really hope we can all go back to normal life in the not too distant future!

Books read in previous months but reviewed in April:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. A Heart of Blood and Ashes - Milla Vane (Read in January, review coming soon)
  2. Sweep with Me - Ilona Andrews (Novella) (Read in January, review coming soon)
  3. Strange Love - Ann Aguirre (Read in January, review coming soon)
  4. Incredibuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Thunderbird - Incredibuilds (Deluxe Book and Model Set) (Read in January, reviewed in April)
  5. Stars Beyond - S.K. Dunstall (Read in February, review coming soon)
  6. Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Stag Patronus - Jody Revenson (Deluxe Book and Model Set) (Read in February, reviewed in April)
  7. Deal with the Devil - Kit Rocha (Read in February, review coming soon)
  8. Chilling Effect - Valerie Valdes (Read in February, review coming soon)
  9. Imaginary Numbers - Seanan McGuire (Read in March, review coming soon)
  10. Follow the Lady - Seanan Mcguire (Short Story) (Read in March, review coming soon)
  11. Of Flame and Fury - Cecy Robson (Read in March, reviewed in April)
  12. Undercover Bromance - Lyssa Kay Adams (Read in March, review coming soon)
  13. The Queen's Bargain - Anne Bishop (Read in March, review coming soon)
  14. Claiming Her Dragons - Lia Davis (Read in March, review coming soon)
  15. A Winter Mating - Lia Davis (Read in March, review coming soon)
  16. Connections in Death - J.D. Robb (Read in March, reviewed in April)
    Books read in April:
    (Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. The Beast of Blackmoor - Milla Vane (Novella) (Review coming soon)
    2. Silent Night - Milla Vane (Short Story) (Review coming soon)
    3. The Witch of Duva - Leigh Bardugo (Short Story) (Review coming soon)
    4. A Heart of Blood and Ashes - Milla Vane (Read for the second time) (Review coming soon)
    5. Aurora Rising - Amie Kaufma & Jay Kristoff (Review coming soon)
    6. Vendetta in Death - J.D. Robb
    7. Saga Volume 2 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    8. Saga Volume 3 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    9. Night of the Dragon - Julie Kagawa
    10. Saga Volume 4 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    11. Golden in Death - J.D. Robb
    12. Saga Volume 5 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    13. Sin and Lightning - K.F. Breene
    14. The War Priest - Ann Aguirre
    15. Chaos Reigning - Jessie Mihalik (Review coming soon)
    16. Saga Volume 6 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    17. Saga Volume 7 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    18. Saga Volume 8 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    19. Saga Volume 9 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    20. Blood & Ash - Deborah Wilde (Review coming soon)
    21. A Bad Day for Sunshine - Darynda Jones (Review coming soon)
    22. Love and Let Die - Lexi Blake (Review coming soon)
    23. Nightchaser - Amanda Bouchet (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    24. Starbreaker - Amanda Bouchet (Review coming soon)
    25. In the Heart of the Fire - Dean Koontz (Novella) (Review coming soon)
    26. Defy or Defend - Gail Carriger (Review coming soon)
    27. Sweep with Me - Ilona Andrews (Novella) (Read for the second time) (Review coming soon)
    April Books of the Month:
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA read in April:


    Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa (read my review here)

    My top adult read in April:


    The War Priest by Ann Aguirre (read my review here)

    My Challenge Updates:

    Here are the 2020 challenges I'm taking part in (some of these posts are just for me to keep track of the different types of books I'm reading):
    2020 Read 100 Books in a Year Challenge - Read 63/200
    2020 British Books Challenge - Read 8/20
    2020 New Author Challenge - Read 5/20
    2020 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge - Read 15/100
    2020 Contemporary Romance Challenge - Read 17/20

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