The Lost Child Blog Tour!

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5 star Thriller!  My review!
I absolutely loved this book and sped through it, desperate to know what happened to Mandy Miller, a three year old child who meant missing thirty years prior. Even though decades had passed the small village still wondered where the toddler went, and who had a hand in her disappearance. Brodie, Mandy’s much younger sister, has never forgotten the little girl she never met, and is haunted by the mystery. When Brodie finds a stuffed puppy, she recognises it as Mandy’s and begins to dig a little deeper. Elaine, returns to the Village to scatter the ashes of her mum, and forms an unlikely friendship with the fiery Brodie. The girls relationship was a highlight for me, I adored Brodie with her quick wit, and fast talking mouth. And the way Elaine tries to reign her in, but half agrees with the things Brodie spouts. Dan the builder, arrives in town, with some shocking news, and the story begins to takes some huge twists and turns, keeping me on my toes. Just when I thought I had it figured out, and spanner would be thrown in. The finale of this book is like watching a movie play out, desperate, tense, gritty and full of action, so much so that I was holding my breath, hoping against hope they’d be OK. A must read for thriller lovers.
Mandy Miller disappeared from Hallow’s End when she was just 3 years old. She was never found.

Thirty years on, Elaine Ellis is carrying her mother’s ashes back to Hallow’s End to scatter them in the place that she once called home. Elaine has never been there, but it’s the only place Jean talked about while she was growing up – so it seems as good a place as any.

As Elaine settles into her holiday cottage in the peaceful Devonshire village, she gets to know the locals; family she never knew she had, eccentric and old-fashioned gentry, and new friends where she would least expect them. But she is intrigued by the tale of the missing girl that the village still carries at its heart, and which somehow continues to overshadow them all. Little does she know how much more involved in the mystery she will become…


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Chocolate Gingerbread Cake


Love this post so much! Noisette had me with “this cake is mature, classy and fiery!”

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Continuing with my new found love of tray bakes, the next cake I tried from Cake Keeper Cakes was Chocolate Gingerbread. Push any milk chocolate, sickly, children’s party tray bake out of your head immediately, this cake is mature, classy and fiery. As I said in my post ‘Maple Gingerbread Cake’, this reminds me of one of my favourite series of books ‘The Gingerbread Cafe trilogy – Rebecca Raisin‘ (oh the life envy I have of Lily, one of the central characters, in fact I’m pretty sure this cake would have been one of Lily’s favourites, she too was classy and fiery).

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

I’m pretty excited to tweak this cake and swap the treacle for golden syrup, perhaps a little less black pepper in that one as golden syrup isn’t as intense as treacle (yes, you heard right, black pepper!), maybe some fresh ginger too or more…

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Meet Rebecca Raisin #Romance2015 @jaxandwillsmum

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Tell us about yourself

I’m a writer from Perth, Australia! I write romantic comedy for Carina UK and love nothing more than getting lost inside my fictional world. My family think I’m weird for name dropping my characters as if they’re real – and that’s fine! I am a bit weird

Tell us about your latest book

It’s called Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm! And it’s our April 1st. I’m really excited about this one!

Clay’s inheritance of Maple Syrup Farm came at the perfect time. Leaving city life behind he headed for maple-tree surrounded Ashford, Connecticut. Getting the farm in working order again might be back breaking work – but it seems to be the only way for Clay to finally forget about the girl who once broke his heart…

Lucy’s had enough of rules and the stress of planning her life down to the…

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And the Bride Wore Prada by Katie Oliver publication day!



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Please welcome the lovely Katie Oliver to the blog today with a guest post about her latest fabulous book And the Bride wore Prada!


Blimey – people in love get married in all sorts of odd places, don’t they?
Some tie the knot on the beach, or in an airplane; one couple I know got hitched while parachuting out of an airplane. Some marry in an amusement park, or in the middle of a field. But that’s not what I want when I marry Dominic.
My name is Gemma Astley, and I want a traditional church wedding, with all of the trimmings. Every. Sodding. One.
I had it all planned: we’d share our special day with 500 of our closest friends, and twelve bridesmaids, six ushers in kilts, a shedload of white roses, and a ginormous wedding cake; then I’d take my vows wearing my Prada wedding gown, with a horse-drawn sleigh and six matched white horses to carry us away afterwards on our honeymoon…and all of it to take place at Dom’s lavish Scottish estate in Northton Grange.
But nothing’s gone according to bloody plan.
First off, we were stranded at the Inverness airport with no hire car. Thankfully, Natalie and Rhys Gordon offered to take us along to Loch Draemar, where they were headed for the holidays.
We agreed. We could spend the night at Tarquin Campbell’s castle in Draemar, then Dom and I would get a hire car in the village in the morning, and be on our way to Northton Grange. Easy peasy, right?
Wrong. There wasn’t a single hire car to be had, or a hotel room. And then it snowed. And snowed. And bloody snowed, leaving us stuck at the castle for days on end.
Of course, getting married in a castle instead isn’t so bad. The Campbell family’s castle is gorgeous, all massive fireplaces and flagstones and minstrel’s galleries and what have you. But it isn’t the same as getting married at Dom’s place, is it? And with all this snow, I’m worried mum and dad won’t be able to make it to our wedding.
The thought of it makes me want to cry. Sorry. *sniffles and grabs a tissue* I don’t mean to whinge, really; but…

Gemma Astley and Dominic Heath are about to tie the marital knot at Draemar Castle in the tiny Highland village of Loch Draemar. But in the wake of snow and more snow, a missing Prada wedding gown, and a bride who’s morphed into an Essex Brideasaurus, Dominic is having some serious doubts.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like…confinement. Especially when someone locks Dom away in the castle dungeon mere hours before the wedding.
Who locked him in? Who would do such a thing? And where is the missing key? Will Gemma and her reluctant bridegroom ever find their way to happiness?
Read And the Bride Wore Prada to find out.

What could be more romantic than Christmas in the Scottish highlands?

The first book in the Marrying Mr Darcy series, “And the Bride Wore Prada,” finds Natalie and Rhys Gordon headed to Scotland to spend the holidays with Tarquin Campell and his wife Wren. A mix-up at the Inverness airport leads Natalie to offer a ride to stranded rock star Dominic Heath and his fiancé, Gemma. A blizzard soon makes the roads impassable, and the foursome barely make it to Draemar Castle.

When tabloid reporter Helen Thomas’s car slides off the road, she seeks shelter at the castle as well. She’s after an exclusive story on Dominic and Gemma’s not-so-secret upcoming wedding. But Helen finds a bigger story when she discovers Tarquin’s brother, Andrew, drowned years before. His body was never found. Is it possible he’s still alive? Her investigation yields more questions than answers.

Could Colm MacKenzie, the gruff groundskeeper with more than a passing resemblance to the Campbell family, be the missing piece to the puzzle?

Natalie and Rhys are recently married and blissfully happy…until Nat receives unexpected news that changes everything. Hurt by Rhys’s less-than-enthusiastic reaction, she wonders if their sparkling new marriage is over before it’s even begun…

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Katie Oliver loves romantic comedies, characters who “meet cute,” Richard Curtis films, and Prosecco (not necessarily in that order). She currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband and three parakeets, in a rambling old house with uneven floors and a dining room that leaks when it rains.
Katie has been writing since she was eight, and has a box crammed with (mostly unfinished) novels to prove it. With her sons grown and gone, she decided to get serious and write more (and hopefully, better) stories. She even finishes most of them.
So if you like a bit of comedy with your romance, please visit Katie’s website,, and have a look.
Here’s to love and all its complications…

And the Bride Wore Prada Blurb:
She’s dated Mr Darcy…now, it’s time for Gemma to prepare to say ‘I do’! And the Bride Wore Prada is the sensational first book in Katie Oliver’s long-awaited Marrying Mr Darcy series, the follow-up to her best-selling Dating Mr Darcy trilogy.
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Release Week Blitz: Tracie Banister’s TWIN PIQUES


Congrats to Tracie Banister who released her third Chick Lit novel this week! Take a look at the blurb and gorgeous cover below!


Forensic accountant Sloane Tobin and kooky pet psychic Willa may have the same face, but that’s the only thing these identical twins have in common.

How she can read the hearts and minds of animals has always been a mystery to Willa, and her rotten luck with men is equally baffling. Although she’s been looking for “The One” for what feels like forever (A teenage marriage to a French mime and dating a guy named Spider seemed like good ideas at the time!), optimistic Willa refuses to give up on love. When she meets Brody, the handsome rose expert hired to save her grandmother’s garden, she’s instantly smitten, but why does he keep sending her mixed signals? Does he return her feelings, or is their attraction all in her fanciful head?

Unlike her twin, Sloane has zero interest in romance. Her passion is her job, where she uses her gift for numbers to take down slimy embezzlers and asset-hiding spouses. When she’s assigned two high profile cases, Sloane feels confident the promotion she’s been angling for is within her grasp. But will her plan to climb the corporate ladder be thwarted by difficult clients, her co-worker-with-benefits, or – most surprisingly of all – her own sister? And how’s she supposed to stay focused on the drama at work when her childhood friend, Gav, moves in next door and the spark between them becomes impossible to ignore?

To get what they both want, can Willa and Sloane band together and rely on each other’s strengths? Or will their differences drive them apart once and for all?

Where to find TWIN PIQUES:

Amazon US  /  Amazon Global  /  Twin Piques on Goodreads

About Tracie:

TBanister-AuthorPhotoAn avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Twin Piques is her third Chick Lit release. The pet psychic character in this novel was inspired by Tracie’s rascally rescue dogs. She’d love to know what goes on in their heads!

Where to find her:

Website  /  Goodreads  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  /  Pinterest  /  Amazon Author

News about Sarah from The Bookshop on the Corner

Out of all the characters I’ve written I get the most messages about Sarah from The Bookshop on the Corner. She’s a favourite of mine, and I think a lot of people relate to her bookworm-ish nature! As you may know I find secrets almost impossible to keep – so when someone emails me and asks what’s next for Sarah I have a really hard time keeping my mouth shut!

My editor and I have planned the forthcoming books, so I knew a long time ago exactly what was in store for our resident book lover!

So without any more fanfare…Next for Sarah is a little adventure! She’s headed out of Ashford, and away from her friends for a holiday she’ll never forget. This is huge for Sarah, as she’s an introvert, and loves her bookshop as if it’s a living, breathing, thing. But never fear, it’s in good hands!

I wanted to share with you today, the holding cover for the next instalment for Sarah! What do you think?

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Follow along for the Christmas Wedding Twitter Countdown!

As you may know I’ve just finished the third and final Gingerbread Café series book, Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café. I’ve had lots of messages from people asking me if it really is the last book in the series because they’re not ready to say goodbye to the girls, and the residents of Ashford. I admit I blubbered like a baby myself when it was all finished. My friends, fictional or not, were hard to say goodbye to.

In case you don’t know, the next book Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm (coming March 2015) is also set in Ashford. So while the story will have different main characters you’ll still see glimpses of the ones you know. After all, it’s a small town, they’re bound to bump into one another!

My friend and promo assistant extraordinaire , Karan, suggested an idea that I thought was super sweet, and a great way for people to get to know the characters from the Gingerbread Café series a little better, or if you already know them, a little more!

So from December 15th we’ll be doing ten days of character tweets! This is also the ten day countdown for the wedding, which is in the book too!  You’ll hear from Lil, and CeeCee, Damon, Missy, and Sarah and of course, cute-as-a-button Charlie!

Are there any questions you want answered that I can give without spoilers? Feel free to tweet along with us as we celebrate Lil’s upcoming wedding, and of course Christmas! The hashtag will be #GingerbreadCafe so please join in!  My twitter handle is @jaxandwillsmum and I look forward to hearing from you! Let’s get it trending for Lil and Damon! :) xxx


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How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie Blog Tour

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The How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie Blog Tour runs from November 7th until November 18th, each day of the tour a different character will share their favorite recipe for Thanksgiving. Stop by and see what’s cooking in the Hauser kitchen and be sure and enter the giveaway for a $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card, just in time for Thanksgiving!

Brianna Bacci’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

The back office at the Hauser home has been converted into a mini-video recording studio for each member of the Hauser family along with two special guests to share one of their favorite Thanksgiving recipes other than the pecan pie.

Hauser Family File: Brianna Bacci is the best friend of Lauren Hauser. Brianna is a real estate mogul, she met Lauren in college and the two have been inseparable ever since, unless she is on a date with her current beaux.

“Roll the tape.”

Brianna storms into the room her jet black hair swishes behind her. She’s in her newest Michael Kors pink dress with gold belt and matching pumps. Brianna eyes the camera and sits back onto the couch.

“Alright so here it is, I love Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, this recipe is perfect it’s got a ton of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and toasted bread crumbs on top.” Her eyes widen and she takes in a deep breath.

“It seriously could not be any more delish.” She presses her index and thumb together and thumps the air.

“This was my ultimate favorite part of Thanksgiving, other than pecan pie of course, but this year. It became one of my least favorite dishes.” Her shoulders slump and she sighs.

“Well, I’ll let Lauren fill you in on that.” She winks her right eye.

How to Bake The Perfect Pecan PieBrianna’s Cheesy Potatoes (Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis)

tablespoon butter  pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

cup whole milk 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cup freshly grated Parmesan

Salt and freshly ground black pepper tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 13 by 9 by 2-inchbaking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter and set aside.

Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until they are very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; return the potatoes to the same pot and mash well. Mix in the milk and melted butter. Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Stir the bread crumbs and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. Recipe can be prepared up to this point 6 hours ahead of time; cover and chill. 
Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

*Don’t miss the Hauser family Thanksgiving, available now from all these fine eBook Retailers:

Amazon US  /  Amazon UK  /  Nook US  /  Nook GB  /  Google Play  /  Kobo  /  iTunes

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*Be sure to stop by these blogs for sneak peeks and secrets from the Hauser Family!

7th November – Candy’s Raves

8th November – Avid Book Hoarder

9th November – Krysten Lindsay

10th November – Aurelia Rowl

11th November – Rosie Amber

12th November – Holly Martin

13th November – Karen Aldous

14th November – Rebecca Raisin

15th November – eBook Review Gal

16th November – Mika Jolie

17th November – Katie Oliver

18th November – Gina Henning