The Healer’s Secret Online Launch

On Thursday I’ll be hosting the online launch on Facebook for my latest book, The Healer’s Secret. All through the day there’ll be behind the scenes information, excerpts from the book, games, and a great giveaway. You can join in the fun here.

Other authors will be dropping in throughout the day to chat and do some giveaways too, so keep an eye out for those!

I hope to see you there!

You can still pre-order The Healer’s Secret on Amazon at the special price of 99c/99p.

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Book Release: The Way of Life

Annette Spratte is re-releasing her book, The Way of Life, today. I’ve read the full-length version of the book, and it is well worth the read. This version is slightly shorter, but it still has all the elements that draw you into the story and make you fall in love with Josie and Jim.

Link:

Here’s the blurb:

“You’d rather have me wonder what happened to you?” he asked.
“You can stop wondering if you want to,” she told him. “But you can’t stop knowing.”

Josie would rather bite off her tongue than tell Jim about her past. The past that made her spend a lot of time in clinics and therapy. The past that still gives her nightmares she wakes from screaming.
But then the past almost repeats itself.
Only this time, Jim is there to protect her – at a tremendous cost.

“Annette Spratte has a wonderful way of writing that is easy to read, but at the same time pulls you into the story until you feel as if you are a part of the book yourself.” -Helen Pryke, Author-

Here’s my review of the original book:

Wow, this is a long book, but well worth the read! The author uses descriptive narrative incredibly well, so that the reader lives each character’s experiences with them and becomes deeply involved in their lives.
Josie has had a traumatic experience in her past, which still has an effect on her now but, despite this, she has a wonderfully bubbly personality and gets on well with people. She also has a deep empathy towards others who are suffering, which she uses subconsciously to help them.
Jim is a shy man who has always had problems connecting with people, his religious beliefs have kept him holding back until he finds the right woman. When he meets Josie, the two of them form a deep bond that goes beyond love. But Josie must overcome the traumatic events of her past in order to be able to form a future with Jim.
I loved this book, Annette Spratte has a wonderful way of writing that is easy to read, but at the same time pulls you into the story until you feel as if you are a part of the book yourself. It is a romance with Christian tones but don’t let that put you off as the story is so much more, it is a story of courage and hope that many women will be able to identify with.

Annette has also created an interview with Josie and Jim:

Welcome, you two! I’m so glad you could join me for this little interview. The story of your love is rather spectacular. Are you nervous about it being released to any number of people?
Jim coughs and blushes. Josie: A bit, yes. Of course it’s very personal. But I hope that it will encourage people who have gone through troubled times like I have. I want them to know that there is hope and it’s worth it to fight your way back and not let the bad things eat you up.
Jim, you don’t seem so comfortable.
Jim: No. But I agree with Josie. People might benefit.
It was something like love at first sight for the two of you. What were your thoughts about each other after you’d met?
Jim (big grin on his face): I just knew she’s the one. I can’t even tell you why, I just knew it. Josie (smiles at him): I wasn’t so sure at the start. I mean, I could feel he’s special, but I wasn’t ready to make a commitment. I didn’t even know if I wanted a relationship at that point. But he kept showing up and I kept wanting to see him and it was as if things were decided for me and there was nothing I could do about it. I guess he’s just irresistible.
There was a time, though, when things didn’t look so good between you.
(Strong reaction from both) Josie: Don’t remind me of that! Jim: It was awful. I felt like a zombie without her. Both simultaneously: I’m so glad that’s over! (Laughter)
Your friends and family had a lot to do with it, didn’t they?
Josie: I had never before met people like that. They are so supportive and loving. They just take you at face value and don’t judge you. Meeting them was like being wrapped in a warm blanket after being out in the cold for hours. Stacey is a friend for life, truly! And Jim’s dad is one in a million, too.
And yet you didn’t let them in on your relationship for a very long time. How come?
Jim: I wasn’t sure if it would hold up. My dad and my brother have always been nagging me about girls, which was a very sore spot. I wanted to be sure before telling them. It took a while. Josie: It was his choice. What surprised me, though, was that Lisa didn’t get wind of it. I still wonder how she could have missed it! Jim: Yeah, my sister isn’t very perceptive. She only sees what she believes. It can be trying at times.
She was really mad at you when she found out. How’s your relationship now?
Both look sad. Josie: She’s not really talking to either of us. I tried to make up with her, but it didn’t work. I really hope she’ll come around eventually. Jim: I’m just glad that she behaves herself at family meetings. It would be terrible on my parents if we had an open confrontation every time we met. But she’s putting on her best face to keep the family peace.
So, what are your plans for the future?
Josie: Uh, well… (blushes) Jim only grins.
Well?
Josie: No comment. Jim: Well, you know, I’d love to raise a family, but I suppose I’ll have to wait a bit. The lady isn’t convinced, yet. (The lady boxes his arm.)
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me! Anyone who would like to know more about this wonderful couple, check this link:

 

Cover Reveal for The Healer’s Secret

I am very pleased to be able to reveal the cover for my latest book, The Healer’s Secret. I’ve been writing it for the last year, and it’s finally ready! The story follows lives of the protagonist, Jennifer, and her great-grandmother, Luisa, as secrets from the past are revealed and tragedies uncovered.

The book is available on preorder here for 99c/99p and will be released on the 15th December at the full price, $2.99/£2.99.

The blurb:

Jennifer’s life isn’t going as she planned. Fired from her job and on the brink of divorce at thirty-one, her only salvation lies at the bottom of a wine bottle. When her mother insists she get away from everything, she reluctantly agrees to explore her Italian roots in Tuscany.

Staying in her family’s centuries-old cottage, she becomes embroiled in a mysterious tragedy involving her great-grandmother no-one wants to talk about. As she delves further into her ancestors’ history, she discovers there is more to her heritage than meets the eye.

Ghosts from the past could give Jennifer something she thought she’d never have: a future. But that depends on whether she can resist temptation and avoid slipping back into her old ways.

Will she be able to conquer her inner demons and discover the healer’s secret?

Here’s the ebook cover:

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And here’s the paperback cover:

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I’ll also be hosting a book launch event, and keep an eye out for a great giveaway too! Visit my Facebook author page for more details.

Let me know what you think of the cover in the comments!

 

Dreams Collide Book Release

Today’s the day, congratulations to Kristina Beck! Dreams Collide, the second in the Collide Series, is released today. The first book, Lives Collide, is free today as well!

📚Blurb📚

Tina craves adventure, food, and her new client, restaurant owner Gerry.

At sixteen, Tina was full of energy, fearless, and desperate to get out of New Jersey. But her dreams shattered when her mother died tragically. She was thrust into the role of mothering her family while hiding the horrible truth of that day.

Now that Tina feels she’s paid her penance, she wants to rediscover the ambitious girl she used to be. With her new dream job and a move to Hoboken, it’s her time to spread her wings. Tina’s first client is a restaurant owner who tempts her—not only with food but with himself. She’d felt this kind of attraction only once before in college and is flooded with memories of an unforgettable kiss. One of her biggest regrets.

Gerry desires anonymity, a new life, and the beautiful website designer Tina.

Gerry fled Germany to escape the destruction of his reputation. After months of staying under the radar, he opens a restaurant in New York City. When he hires a website design firm, Gerry finds himself working closely with Tina—whom he had a taste of years ago and now finds a sweet indulgence.

Even as they admit their attraction to each other, an unexpected circumstance threatens to separate them again. Will their love be strong enough to give up their dreams? Or will someone be left behind?

My review:

I read the first book in the series, Lives Collide, and had high expectations for this book. Luckily, it didn’t disappoint! Gerry and Tina’s story of second chances, missed opportunities and falling in love is a fun read, with a few twists and turns along the way. You find yourself rooting for them all the way through, but as everyone knows, the path to love is never easy, and Gerry and Tina must overcome some obstacles before they can find their HEA. This is a great sequel, and I look forward to reading the next one!

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Cover reveal coming soon!

I will be revealing the cover for The Healer’s Secret on Thursday 7th December! After a year of writing, editing and formatting, it’s finally ready and I can’t wait to show it off to everyone!

Set in Tuscany, the book follows the stories of Jennifer and her great-grandmother, Luisa, as both of them strive to overcome tragedy and betrayal.

I hope you’ll be around for the grand revealing. The book will be published on the 15th December on Amazon, and will be available in Kindle Unlimited.

 

Cover Reveal for Dreams Collide

I’m very pleased to be part of the cover reveal for Dreams Collide by Kristina Beck. First some details:

Kristina Beck 💜Dreams Collide – Collide Series Book Two💜

Release date – December 5

Pre-order universal link and price .99 cents – getBook.at/DreamsCollide

Can be read as a standalone

 

Blurb:

Tina craves adventure, food, and her new client, restaurant owner Gerry.

At sixteen, Tina was full of energy, fearless, and desperate to get out of New Jersey. But her dreams shattered when her mother died tragically. She was thrust into the role of mothering her family while hiding the horrible truth of that day.

Now that Tina feels she’s paid her penance, she wants to rediscover the ambitious girl she used to be. With her new dream job and a move to Hoboken, it’s her time to spread her wings. Tina’s first client is a restaurant owner who tempts her—not only with food but with himself. She’d felt this kind of attraction only once before in college and is flooded with memories of an unforgettable kiss. One of her biggest regrets.

Gerry desires anonymity, a new life, and the beautiful website designer Tina.

Gerry fled Germany to escape the destruction of his reputation. After months of staying under the radar, he opens a restaurant in New York City. When he hires a website design firm, Gerry finds himself working closely with Tina—whom he had a taste of years ago and now finds a sweet indulgence.

Even as they admit their attraction to each other, an unexpected circumstance threatens to separate them again. Will their love be strong enough to give up their dreams? Or will someone be left behind?

And now for the cover reveal:

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! And here’s the paperback version:

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Author bio:

A Jersey girl herself, Kristina was born and raised in New Jersey, USA, for thirty years. She later moved to Germany and has lived there for over thirteen years with her German husband and three children. She lives in the farthest southwest tip of Germany, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and a perfect view of the Black Forest. She is an avid reader of different genres, but romance always takes precedence. She loves coffee, dark chocolate, power naps, and ’80s movies. Her hobbies include writing, reading, fitness, wine tasting, and forever trying to improve her German-language skills.
You can find Kristina here:

 

30 Days Of Giveaways!

As I mentioned earlier in the month, there are a few ways you can win copies of my books. Three people won digital copies of Walls of Silence in the Halloween Hop, while the Goodreads giveaway for a signed copy of Dreamland is still going on until the 8th November.

Click here for Goodreads giveaway

Now you have another chance to win a paperback copy of Dreamland, a load of other books, Amazon gift cards, and much more! Throughout November, you’ve got the chance to win a different prize every day by entering the Rafflecopter competition at this link:

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter competition

Good luck everyone!

Clipped Wings Review

I am so pleased to start off the blog tour for Jennifer Gilmour’s new book, Clipped Wings. This incredible project, organised by Jennifer, is a collection of stories written by domestic abuse survivors that shows what goes on behind closed doors. Below is my review of the book, followed by the synopsis and author bio. I wish Jennifer all the best for her book launch!

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My review for Clipped Wings

This is an incredibly emotional book written by domestic abuse survivors, their own stories in their own words. Jennifer has put together this collection of stories, including her own, to bring awareness of what it’s like to live in an abusive situation. More importantly, many of these stories answer that often repeated question: why doesn’t she/he just leave?

As you will read, there are many reasons why a person remains in an abusive relationship, but the biggest one is fear. Fear that they will be hurt, fear that a family member or friend will be threatened or hurt, fear that their children will be in danger. For many, the thought of leaving their children behind in the hands of the abuser will make them stay, even though their own lives may be in danger.

These stories aren’t easy to read, you may have to step back from the book every now and then and have a break, but please do read them. These people have actually experienced everything you are reading and have found the courage to share their stories with the world, in the hope that it will help other women in similar situations. It’s hard to believe that a person can be so cruel to another human being, but unfortunately these things do happen, far too often. Only by understanding what these people go through can we hope to make a better future for everyone.

The men and women in this book aren’t domestic abuse victims, they are survivors. Against terrible odds, they have managed to get out of their abusive relationships and gone on to build better lives for themselves and their children.

Not everyone is so lucky. Too many women die at the hands of their violent partners each year. This is why it’s so important to read, understand, and help.

Personal note

Thank you, Jennifer Gilmour, for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and for all your support since we connected on social media. I feel honoured to know you, and all the other people just like you who are fighting to help abused people everywhere. – Helen Pryke

Synopsis

The silent chorus.

Just imagine you thought that you had met the man or woman of your dreams. This person was charming and you thought they were the one or perhaps that this was fate; it was just meant to be.

But as the months go by things start to change. Their behaviour towards you isn’t the same, they are more critical, more particular about your appearance, what you do, how you do it, who you see. Time goes by and you feel isolated from your friends and family because that behaviour has now changed to threats, maybe violence and you feel that your identity is all but gone. But still you stay. Where would you go? Who would help you? You are not worthy.

But you are.

A group of survivors have spoken about their own experiences. In their own words they show that survivors do have a voice and that it needs to be heard. They show that abuse isn’t unique or strange but that it is, unfortunately, a surprisingly common problem in today’s society.

The message of this book is one of courage, as with courage comes awareness and an ability to understand what has happened to you and take the steps needed to become a survivor yourself.

 

About the author

Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.

From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write this first novel ‘Isolation Junction’. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.

Since the publication of her debut novel Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed. Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have been in abusive relationships.

Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice. Jennifer hopes that ’Clipped Wings’ give’s a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse.

Jennifer Gilmour

Dreamland

Yesterday I had a wonderful surprise – I was tagged on Facebook by One Stop Fiction Book Reviews, one of the groups run by the lovely Kathryn Bax who gives so much support to indie authors. My MG children’s book, Dreamland, written under the pen name Julia E. Clements, had been awarded the One Stop Fiction Book Award. This award is highly coveted among the indie authors in the groups, as it’s not easy to get one! It means that the book has been read and reviewed by their professional reviewer, and then passed on to two more readers, and if everyone agrees, the book is presented with the award.

So you can imagine my delight at receiving the award, I’m still pinching myself even now! As you can see, the award itself is absolutely amazing.

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Remember there is still a Goodreads giveaway going on for a signed paperback copy of the book!

You can read the review and check out all the books on the One Stop Fiction website here: Dreamland book review

You can look inside the book on Amazon here: Dreamland

Check out the Pink Quill Books page on Facebook for updates and info: Pink Quill Books on Facebook

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