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Melissa Hill – A Gift to Remember | Chapter Excerpt

Melissa Hill blog tour

Today I’m thrilled to be part of the official blog tour for Melissa Hill’s new novel, A Gift to Remember. To celebrate Melissa’s new release, I have a special excerpt for you – I hope you enjoy it!

About the book

Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man… literally. One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital and the poor pup gets left behind. Wracked with guilt, Darcy takes the dog and makes plans to reunite him with owner, Aidan. As she discovers the mysterious stranger’s world of books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she’s ever dreamt about, Darcy builds a picture of this man and wonders if he could be THE ONE… But does fantasy match reality? What happens when Prince Charming wakes up? Will Aidan be the happy ever after she’s always imagined?

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Precious Thing Blog Tour: Colette McBeth on Her Second Novel

Precious Thing blog tour

Good morning everyone! Today author and former BBC news correspondent Colette McBeth is joining us here at Books, Biscuits and Tea to talk about her second novel, The Life I Left Behind. I’ve never actually featured a video interview on the blog before so I do hope you enjoy it. (And make sure to watch the end of the video to see how Colette created her plot jigsaw – is it just me or it’s a brilliant idea?)

And without further ado, please welcome Colette McBeth.

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Colette McBeth

Colette McBeth was a BBC TV News Correspondent for ten years. She lives in West London with her husband and three young children. She attended the Faber Academy Novel Writing Course in 2011. Her debut novel, Precious Thing, was published in 2013. You can find Colette on Twitter and Facebook.

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Precious Thing: 10 April, 2014 (Headline)
Paperback, 384 pages
Goodreads | Pre-order

Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good?

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever.

They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Now in their late twenties Rachel has everything while Clara’s life is spiralling further out of control. Then Clara vanishes.

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

The Life I Left Behind: 1 January, 2015 (Headline)
Paperback, 352 pages
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The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

Everyone tells her she’s a survivor. No-one knows she’s dead inside.

Five years ago Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead.

She coped by burying the person she was, locking away her memories and creating a new life for herself. Her attacker is behind bars. In four weeks’ time she will get married. She’s almost normal.

Everyone tells her she’s a survivor. No one knows she’s dead inside.

Then the body of another woman is found, close to where Melody was discovered. Like her she has blond hair and green eyes. Like Melody, police find a gold bird cage necklace at the scene. And Melody realises her attacker has been out there all along…

Blog Tour Opportunity – Perfect Edge Books

Perfect Edge Books

Good morning everyone! It’s just a quick post to let you know that Perfect Edge Books and Novel Publicity has a new blog tour opportunity for you. Three titles from Perfect Edge will be sharing one super-cool tour in November and there are still a few spots available. If you’re interested, you can sign up to review one book or sign up to review all three — whatever  suits your fancy.

The blog tour runs from 4 to 24 November and each book will have its own one-week period during these three weeks. For more information about the three books and to read excerpts click here.

Oh yes, and there are some awesome prizes as well! You’ll have a chance to win $25 and $50 Amazon gift cards (or PayPal cash) as well as signed copies of all three books above. As an added bonus, the winner of the best/ most creative blog entry for each book will also receive an autographed paperback copy of Perfect Edge’s collection of interviews with authors, Chewing the Page.

Review copies are available in MOBI, EPUB, and PDF formats. If you’re interested and would like to join the tour next month just leave me a comment below (or drop me an email) stating which book/books you’d like to host, and we’ll figure out a date for each of your stops.

Thanks, and happy blogging! :)

The Forever Girl Treasure Hunt

The Forever Girl treasure hunt

Hello and welcome to the treasure hunt tour for The Forever Girl! :) Here’s how it’s done: Each stop on the tour will have a small excerpt with a code hidden it. Visit all the stops to gather the letters, unscramble the phrase, and email it to Sandra by clicking here . (The complete list of blog tour stops can be found here.)

The winner will receive a goody bag including:
  • 1 Forever Girl Ring
  • 1 Forever Girl Keychain
  • 1 Forever Girl Necklace
  • 1 Forever Girl Bookmark
  • 1 Forever Girl Candle
  • 1 signed copy of The Forever Girl
  • 1 signed copy of the companion novella, Her Sweetest Downfall
  • AND the author will also immortalize the lucky winner by giving them a cameo appearance in the next Forever Girl book.
Bonus: If you’ve already reviewed The Forever Girl on Amazon, include the link to your review along with the unscrambled phrase for an additional entry!

Between Boyfriends Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway

Hello everyone! Today I have the pleasure of taking part in author Sarka Miller’s Between Boyfriends blog tour. Sarka stopped by Books, Biscuits, and Tea with a special guest post and giveaway. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

Guest post

Chick Lit Cover Trends: What’s Wrong With Pink?

When I originally envisioned a cover for my chick lit novel, Between Boyfriends, I saw a detailed picture of my protagonist Jan and the two men in her life. On one side would be a small picture of San Diego State University’s Love Library where Jan’s ex-boyfriend Mike breaks her heart. On the other side was a picture of the fictional massage therapy school I invented. The background was sky blue. Yet when I went to design the cover for the ebook version, everything changed. Suddenly I wanted simple. I always admired Emily Giffin’s minimalist covers. Each cover has primarily one element and no background. I also decided I wanted pink. Cliché or no, I love pink and I really love pink and black together. I was still a bit nervous though until a friend criticize the cover as too pink. That’s when I knew I had struck gold.

Writers of women’s fiction often complain when their publishers choose a pink cover. Some of these writers have valid complaints. A few years ago, before chick lit was a “bad word,” publishers were assigning chick lit style covers to books written by women, whether they fit the genre or not. This is a disservice to everyone. But why would a chick lit writer complain about a pink cover? The colour certainly attracts attention and lets readers know that a light, fun story lies below the pink exterior. I decided to adopt the opposite attitude to these anti-pink crusaders. After all, resistance is futile. If pink works, then by George I was going to have the pinkest cover possible!

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Love Comes Later Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway

Please enjoy this guest post by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, author of the heart-breaking multicultural romance, Love Comes Later. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including a Kindle Fire, $550 in Amazon gift cards, 5 autographed copies of Love Comes Later, and 5 copies of its companion, From Dunes to Dior.

 Where in the World is Mohadoha?
A guest post by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

Seven years ago, when I told people in the U.S. I was moving to Qatar, most people had one of two reactions. “Why?” was one. “Where?” was the other.

The prevalent stereotype was of oil rich countries was of places like Saudi Arabia where women cannot drive and houses were rumored to have gold inlay on the doors or doctors living on the family property. I found it difficult to navigate between these two extremes and avoided conversation with the uninitiated when at home in order to save myself time, aggravation, and the risk of offending with curt replies.

There was a minority who knew of the place where I was headed, but these were either engineers, oil industry professionals, or—as I found out at my 10 year high school reunion—people in the intelligence community (that’s right, one among us was in the CIA). He was the ONLY person at our meet and greet for whom I did not have to go through the standard questions about the heat, clothing, and food.

He knew no one had lived in tents in at least two generations and that camels were not the major source of transportation—but rather luxury SUVs.

If there has been anything positive from the many political and economic crises in the last seven years, from international banks in a tailspin to the overthrowing of dictators during the Arab Spring, it has been a shift in perception about the Middle East.

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Love Comes Later Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway


Please enjoy this excerpt from Love Comes Later, a heart-breaking multicultural romance by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including a Kindle Fire, $550 in Amazon gift cards, 5 autographed copies of Love Comes Later, and 5 copies of its companion, From Dunes to Dior.

Abdulla’s mind wasn’t on Fatima, or on his uncles or cousins. Not even when he drove through the wrought iron entry gate, oblivious to the sprawl of family cars parked haphazardly in the shared courtyard, did he give them a thought. Despite the holy season, his mind was still hard at work. Mentally, he clicked through a final checklist for tomorrow’s meetings. I can squeeze in a few more hours if Fatima is nauseous and sleeps in tomorrow, he thought, rubbing his chin. Instead of the stubble he had anticipated, his whiskers were turning soft. A trim was yet another thing he didn’t have time for these days, though longer beards were out of fashion according to his younger brother Saad, who had been trying to grow one for years. Beard length. Just another change to keep up with.

Change was all around him, Abdulla thought. The cousins getting older, he himself soon to become a father. Abdulla felt the rise of his country’s profile most immediately in the ballooning volume of requests by foreign governments for new trade agreements. By the day, it seemed, Qatar’s international status was growing, which meant more discussions, more meetings.

He slid the car into a gap in the growing shadow between his father’s and grandfather’s houses. It would have to serve as a parking space. The Range Rover door clicked shut behind him as he walked briskly toward his father’s house, BlackBerry in hand, scrolling through his messages. Only then did the sound of wailing reach him, women in pain or grief, emanating from his Uncle Ahmed’s house across the courtyard. He jerked the hands-free device out of his ear and quickened his pace, jogging not toward the majlis where the rest of the men were gathering, but into the main living area of Uncle Ahmed’s, straight toward those unearthly sounds.

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