Top Ten Tuesday – New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022 

 Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022. This should be fairly easy for me as I take part in a lot of Blog Tours – all of which are new to me authors plus Instagram makes me try lots of new books. My only problem will be cutting it down to 10!

Ali Hazelwood Book Review – The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

I have got Love on the Brain to read and also have my eye on her other novellas!

Laura PurcellBook Review – The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

I really enjoyed this book and at some point want to read some of her other books.

J TaylorRandom Things Blog Tour – Book Review – A Moment on the Lips by J Taylor and Book Review – A Moment On The Lips At Christmas by J Taylor

I loved the first book and jumped at the chance to read the christmas one!

Julie CaplinBook Review – The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin and Book Review – The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin

I heard about this author from Secret Library Book Blog. I was so pleased that there was a whole series that I could make my way through. I asked for the latest one for Christmas and I am looking forward to making a start on it.

Tessa BaileyBook Review – It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey and Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

I saw It Happened One Summer on Instagram and then jumped at the chance to be on the Blog Tour for the second book.

Elena ArmasBook Review – The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

This was a popular one on Instagram. There are other books by this author that I would like to try at some point.

Antti TuomainenRandom Things Blog Tour – Book Review – The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen and Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Moose Paradox by Antti Tuomainen

I randomly saw The Rabbit Factor as a Blog Tour potential and was pleased to be accepted onto it. I then saw that the second book was also available as a Blog Tour and jumped at the chance.

Elle CosimanoBook Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

I enjoyed this one and got the second one for Christmas.

Jo ThomasRandom Things Tours – Book Review – Retreat to the Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas and Random Things Tours – Book Review – Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas

I have read a couple of her books on Tours and would quite happily read her others.

Karen RoseRandom Things Tours – Book Review – Quarter To Midnight by Karen Rose

I enjoyed being on the Blog Tour for this one and would quite happily read the others in the series.

What authors are on your list?

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Promise Me by Jill Mansell

“‘How much?’ The old man ahead of Lou at the supermarket checkout was glaring in disbelief at the female cashier.”

Genre: Romance/Contemporary Fiction

Number of Pages: 400

Date of Publication: 19 January 2023

Publisher: Headline

My Review Summary: A story that I just wanted to keep on reading

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖

 One minute Lou is happily employed, with a perfect flat. The next, her home and job have gone. Suddenly she has to start over.

The last thing Lou wants is to move to a tiny Cotswolds village. She certainly doesn’t intend to work for curmudgeonly eighty-year-old Edgar Allsopp. But Edgar is about to make her the kind of promise nobody could ignore. In return, she secretly vows to help him fall in love with life again.

Foxwell is also home to Remy, whose charm and charisma are proving hard to ignore. But Lou hasn’t recovered from the last time she fell for a charmer. She needs a distraction – and luckily one’s about to turn up.

Secrets never stay hidden for long in Foxwell, nor are promises always kept. And no one could guess what lies ahead…

💭THOUGHTS💭

I saw the blurb of this book and was taken in. I was therefore pleased when I was accepted onto the Tour. Since then I have not been myself and my reading has taken a hit. I was concerned that it would be hard getting through this book, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact it reminded me why I love reading and has really helped me to get back into it. 

The book opened with a lovely hand drawn map of the village, which I liked. It is always nice to see where things are in relation to what is happening in the story. The writing was gripping and I just wanted to keep on reading, desperate to find out what was going to happen next. There were some very emotional parts in the story, but overall I was left feeling uplifted. 

The chapters were fairly long, but there was a good flow to the story so it kept my interest. I enjoyed the fact that you got the view points of a couple of the other characters in addition to the main character. It was interesting to see what was going through their minds and how they saw things at that point in the story. 

The chapters were sometimes split and this also helped to keep my interest and moved the story on well. 

The main character was lovely. She had some things to overcome and it was enjoyable to see how she just got on with things. She was a very likable character and you just wanted the best things to happen to her. I also enjoyed the rest of the characters. There were a few other storylines going on, but I never got confused and thought that everything wove together nicely. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the village with the occasional trips to LA. I enjoyed reading about village life and how the main character really threw herself into it.

Overall a great book that has managed to get me out of a bit of a slump. I highly recommend!

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Fallen Butterfly by Anna Nicholas

“Inside the claustrophobic, heavy-duty body bag, Sebi blinked hard, trying to get a sense of place despite the impenetrable darkness”

Genre: Crime Fiction

Number of Pages: 300

Date of Publication: December 2022

Publisher: Burro Books

My Review Summary: An intricately woven mystery that took me to Mallorca.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

FALLEN BUTTERFLY is the third instalment in a gripping Mallorca-based crime series from Anna Nicholas, the most prolific British author writing about the island today. 

The new book again features local protagonist, 33-year-old Isabel Flores Montserrat, an eccentric, fearless, lateral-thinking sleuth who has a pet ferret named Furó, and is addicted to sunflower seeds and Chupa Chups lollypops.

Unlike many female leads in popular crime fiction today, the Mallorcan former detective inspector is happy and balanced with few hang-ups. She loves her family and mountain community in the Soller valley, her pampered hens and her day job as a holiday rentals agent. Isabel believes in living for the moment and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

Having turned her back on her old life as a policewoman in Barcelona, Madrid and Palma to run her widowed mother’s ailing mountain rentals agency in the Soller valley, Isabel finds herself being drawn back into detective work by her close friend and former boss, police chief Tolo Cabot. Having already assisted him with a cluster of puzzling island crimes, she is called upon again when Sebi Vives, the local transport minister, is found floating in the sea near Muro. He had increasingly infuriated local environmentalists, having approved a scheme to run a motorway through S’Albufera Natural Park that would destroy the natural fauna and flora and the habitat of thousands of birds. Environmentalists are blamed for the murder but Isabel Flores believes there is more to Sebi Vives’s death. 

Meanwhile, close to her own mountain village, Sant Martí, foreign hikers are being misdirected by false cairns and signs in the Tramuntana hills, causing many to fall. Mischief is at work but who is to blame? Is it environmentalists or is something far more sinister at play?

💭THOUGHTS💭

I love a murder mystery and was excited to make a start on this. I enjoy murder mysteries set in different parts of the world and the descriptions in this story really took me to Mallorca. Despite this book being the third in the series, it read well as a standalone and made me want to read the other books in the series. 

The writing was descriptive and there was always something going on. There were a couple of different storylines that ran alongside one another, yet ended up intertwining and ending well. I also enjoyed the addition of food. I thought that added another layer to the story. 

At the beginning of the book was a dictionary containing some of the words which you would want to look up, which I liked. There was also a hand drawn map to help you to visualise where things were. I always enjoy the addition of a map!

The chapters were long and so you were able to get a good chunk of the story before moving on. There were however breaks in the chapters which added to the good flow of the story. As mentioned above there were lots of things going on yet it was easy and enjoyable to follow. 

The main character was excellent. I loved her lightness and her willingness to do whatever it took to get the evidence she needed. She was a likable character which made me want to look at the other books in the series and to learn more about her. 

Lastly the settings. I love the warmer setting and enjoyed reading about somewhere that I have never been to. As said above I also enjoyed the addition of food, that for me adds to the overall experience of the book.

Overall a great read, with great characters and settings. I really enjoyed it.

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Sunday Salon

Welcome to my Sunday Salon post! Hosted by Readerbuzz this post is a chance to have a weekly bookish and non-bookish catch up with other bloggers.

Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead (click for link to Goodreads)

The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman (click for link to Goodreads)

Memes that I have participated in this week:

Goodreads Monday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Top Ten Tuesday – Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Book Blogger Hop – Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

What else has been happening this week:

A quiet week this week. We went shopping on Saturday (we were on the way to the zoo, stopped off for lunch then realised that we had to book tickets in advance. There were none left so we looked round the surrounding area and booked tickets for the next day instead). Today is zoo day!

How has your week been?

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Sunday Post

Welcome to my Sunday post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. A quiet week this week with a late Top Ten Tuesday!

Sunday Salon (Last Week)

Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – Smart Girls Don’t Kiss Aliens by Alina Jacobs

Happy Publication Day! Promise Me by Jill Mansell

Top Ten Tuesday – On Thursday – Bookish Goals for 2023

Book Blogger Hop – Do you use social media to keep up with your favourite authors?

I hope that you have all had a good week!

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Book Blogger Hop – Do you use social media to keep up with your favourite authors?

Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer this week the prompt is:

Do you use social media to keep up with your favourite authors? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Yes I do. I follow a few of them on Instagram and possibly a couple on Facebook. Instagram however is where I get most of my bookish news!

Sometimes I do come across new books out by accident though – at the beginning of this year Top Ten Tuesday asked what books I was excited about so I did some research and came across some new books by some of my favourite authors.

What about you?

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Top Ten Tuesday – On Thursday – Bookish Goals for 2023

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is Bookish Goals for 2023. This is a bit of a thinker! After some thought I have managed to come up with these:

  1. To read at least 50 books this year – I managed to read over 100 last year, but I have had so many colds that my reading has taken a hit and I want to give myself a bit of a break – crazy talk I know!
  2. Go on less Blog Tours. I love a Blog Tour, but it did end up being a bit much. I am going to do my best to stick to one Tour a month (after this month!!).
  3. I want to read more books on my shelf. I have so many books that I need to read and would like to focus on those this year.
  4. I want to read at least the same number of library books, purely because I don’t want to stop using the library. It is such a valuable resource.
  5. I want to continue reading various genres.
  6. I would like to try and read more translated books – this is probably where the Blog Tours will help – they have really helped vary my reading material!
  7. I would like to read more books based in different countries around the world – again Blog Tours have helped with this!
  8. To do another buddy read with my sister and cousin – this has loosely been organised for the Summer, but we shall see.

I am struggling to come up with any more so they are my top 8 bookish goals!

What are some of your goals for this year?

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Happy Publication Day! Promise Me by Jill Mansell

Book Description From Goodreads:

“One minute Lou is happily employed, with a perfect flat. The next, her home and job have gone. Suddenly she has to start over.

The last thing Lou wants is to move to a tiny Cotswolds village. She certainly doesn’t intend to work for curmudgeonly eighty-year-old Edgar Allsopp. But Edgar is about to make her the kind of promise nobody could ignore. In return, she secretly vows to help him fall in love with life again.

Foxwell is also home to Remy, whose charm and charisma are proving hard to ignore. But Lou hasn’t recovered from the last time she fell for a charmer. She needs a distraction – and luckily one’s about to turn up.

Secrets never stay hidden for long in Foxwell, nor are promises always kept. And no one could guess what lies ahead…”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 24 January 2023 so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – Smart Girls Don’t Kiss Aliens by Alina Jacobs

Welcome to the new home of Goodreads Monday!

Goodreads Monday allows you to post about what books are on your “to read” lists, the progress you have made on your current books and reading challenge, and any other Goodreads news!

✨Don’t forget to add your link in the comments section so that we can all see each other’s posts!✨

The book that I have chosen this week is Smart Girls Don’t Kiss Aliens by Alina Jacobs (click for link to Goodreads).

Book Description From Goodreads:

Crash-land on an alien barbarian planet and told there’s no way home?
LMAO! I’m a rocket scientist. Miss me with that noise.

Anyone else might have a nervous breakdown, but I was abducted with my besties! Between us, we have fifteen PhDs.
We will be getting off this planet. Trust.

No, I will not be finding an eternal bonded mate among the seven-foot-tall alien males.
No, I will not be wearing a furkini and walking around barefoot.
And no, I will not be moving into a cave with no internet or running water and accepting my fate like the rest of the freed human women on this craft-cocktail-forsaken planet.
Two liquid hydrogen rockets and a smidge of deep-space travel later, and we’re back home on Earth.

Except that our spaceship had stowaways.
Now there’s a seven-foot-tall alien named Cassius in my Los Angeles condo. He’s calmly explaining that according to the ancestors, we are to be eternally mated and have a litter of children.
Also, he’s wearing a loincloth.
And he has horns.
Wipe that smirk off your face. No, it is not as sexy as it sounds.
He barked at my cat.
He harassed my busybody Karen neighbor (actually, I’m okay with that one).
And he’s obsessed with the ice maker in my fridge.

What’s a smart girl to do?
The smart thing is to build a rocket ship and send Cassius and his other hot alien friends back to their home planet.
The not-smart thing to do is fall into those deep blue-gray eyes and let him show me just how good that forked tongue feels.
And the downright stupid thing to do is fall in love with an alien.”

I saw this book on a blog last summer and thought that it looked like a good enough book that I would add it to my Goodreads list. I would like to make time to get this book and read it, but with the way my reading is going at the moment, it might be a long time before I get to that point!

Currently Reading (click for links to Goodreads):

Promise Me by Jill Mansell

Progress on my Goodreads Reading Challenge:

I have read 1/50 books (finally!)

What book is on your Goodreads list? How is your reading progress and challenge going?

Don’t forget to add your link in the comments so that we can all see each others posts!

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Sunday Salon

Welcome to my Sunday Salon post! Hosted by Readerbuzz this post is a chance to have a weekly bookish and non-bookish catch up with other bloggers.

Fallen Butterfly by Anna Nicholas (click for link to Goodreads)

Promise Me by Jill Mansell (click for link to Goodreads)

Memes that I have participated in this week:

Goodreads Monday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

WWW Wednesday – Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

Book Blogger Hop – Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

What else has been happening this week:

Not much as my son has managed to catch another cold and spread it to me and my partner. We did go round my parent’s house for dinner on Friday and had my dad round for dinner on Saturday. Sunday may be a day of rest, it depends on how my son feels about that!!

I hope that you had a good week!

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