Revealing Rebecca Raisin's cover of The Bookshop on the Corner

I am delighted, no, elated, to be revealing the cover of Rebecca Raisin's newest title The Bookshop on the Corner. It is everything that a lover of book covers like me could wish or even dream for. I am completely and utterly in love. Behold, The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin , hitting your Kindle on the 17th of June, 2014. 

The Bookshop on the Corner
By Rebecca Raisin

Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction? 

Sarah Smith had an addiction - she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn't have been such an issue if she hadn't been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut. 

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Cafe, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find - especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop...

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!

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From the brilliant author of The Gingerbread Cafe trilogy don't miss this linked novella to get a sneak-peek at how Damon and Lil are getting on before the next book in the series - coming October 2014! 

You can find The Bookshop on the Corner here ~

You can find Rebecca Raisin here ~

I am so, so, SO excited and cannot wait to read The Bookshop on the Corner. It sounds absolutely wonderful, and Sarah reminds me a little bit of myself already ;) Gorgeous cover, fabulous author and another book added to my to-read list. All in a day's work ;) 

Becca xxx

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." ~ C.S. Lewis

This, fellow bloggers, is my to-read list. And bloody hell, it's massive.

Becca's To-Read List 

Perfect Wives by Emma Hannigan

The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E.Smith

If I Could Turn Back Time by Nicola Doherty

All The Things You Are by Clemency Burton Hill

Deep Blue Sea by Tasmina Perry

A French Affair by Katie Fforde

Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff

The Baby Group by Rowan Coleman

If You're Not the One by Jemma Forte 

The Guest List by Melissa Hill

The Playgroup by Janey Fraser 

The Importance of Being Emma by Juliet Archer

Wild about Harry by Daisy Jordan 

Whatever It Takes by Adele Parks

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 

Shopaholic Abroad by Sophie Kinsella 

Promises, Promises by Erica James 

One Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond

Before the Fall by Juliet West

What Would Mary Berry Do? by Claire Sandy

The Holiday Home by Fern Britton

You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern 

The Unpredictable Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell 

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson by Paige Toon

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Rock Star by Jackie Collins 

Just A Girl Standing In Front Of A Boy by Lucy-Anne Holmes 

A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews 

Vivien's Heavenly Ice-Cream Shop by Abby Clements

Ten Things I've learnt about Love by Sarah Butler 

It Felt Like A Kiss by Sarra Manning

Step Back In Time by Ali McNamara 

Leftovers by Stella Newman 

I heart New York by Lindsey Kelk 

I heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk

The Foster Husband by Pippa Wright 

The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore 

The Love Detective by Alexandra Potter

Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues by Trisha Ashley

Bay of Secrets by Rosanna Ley 

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan 

A Rural Affair by Catherine Alliott

Goodreads  | Amazon UK  | Amazon US

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Two Weddings and a Baby by Scarlett Bailey 

The Vineyard by Karen Aldous 

The Last Word by A.L. Michael 

The Teashop on the Corner by Milly Johnson 

"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life." ~ Mark Twain

Since the creation of Becca's Books, I have made some wonderful friends. Granted, I've never met any of them in real life but they feel like people that I have known for years. My daily routine is spruced up whenever one of them pops up and says, "Hi!"

Note-worthy Bloggers is all about me spreading the love and directing other readers out there to some fabulous blogs and their owners. They are all lovely, inspirational people that I feel privileged to know. The relevant links are below.  

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~ Charlene Wedgner ~ 
Tweets @hellosweety26

~ Jo Hurst ~
Blogs at Cometbabesbooks
Tweets @Cometbabe

~ Erin McEwan ~
Blogs at Erin's Choice 
Tweets @erinschoicee

~ Jenny Marston ~
Tweets @jennymarston_xo

~ Sophie Hedley ~
Tweets @ReviewedTheBook

~ Simona Elena ~
Tweets @skydreamersimi

~ Sharon ~
Tweets @ShazsBookBlog

~ Laura Lovelock ~
Tweets @lauralovelock

~ Sam Smith ~ 
Blogs at The Book Corner
Tweets @sam_smith73

~ Shaun ~
Blogs at Book Addict Shaun
Tweets @bookaddictshaun

~ Isabell ~
Blogs at Dreaming With Open Eyes

Say it again, I dare you...

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm getting pretty sick and tired of all the negativity that surrounds books and reading. Not from us, of course. We, as a book-blogging community, could not praise books enough. If, like me, you've been reading ever since you can remember, you probably feel that books have been playing a major role in your life for a very long time now. You barely go a single day without having a book that you're currently reading, and even when you're finished with that book, you've probably already decided in your head which book you're going to read next. If not, you've probably got your own, unique way of choosing which book is next, just so you can give all of your books a fair chance. Obviously ;) Books are a part of your being, something constant that you can always rely on, a portal to a new and more exciting world and with each one that you read, you feel better for it, satisfied even. But hey, that's just us. We're fully fledged bookworms with a passion for words. We eat them up like our favourite meal, inhale the scent of the pages like our favourite perfume and run our fingertips around the edges, feeling whole as we absorb everything that the author has given us. From day one, books were there and they've remained there ever since. Awaiting upcoming releases and reviewing books means we're always looking forward to something. We await the postman like a kid waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve, hoping that he's bringing something with our name on it. How could we not be happy? We've lived a thousand lives within our one, and people still say that's impossible? Nu-uh. Not for us it's not. 

The worst thing someone could probably say to me is this. 

"Books are boring."

This, this ridiculous statement, is not even worthy of an answer. The definition of boring is uninteresting, tedious. How can that be? How can reading a book be described as being uninteresting and tedious? Okay, fair enough, one day you might pick up a book that really doesn't take your fancy, but that happens, and that's okay. But to make this statement without even trying? Without even attempting to take the leap from our ordinary world into the magnificent world of a story? Now that's what I would call boring. 

Imagine it like this. 

You're on the bus/train to work. It's something you do every day. The same people get on and off. Outside, it's miserable and grey. Nothing remotely exciting is happening. You're just staring through the window, watching the streets pass by. 

Oh, hang on! What's this?! 
Slowly, oh so slowly, you reach into your bag that's sitting beside you on an empty seat. Fumbling around inside, your hand happens to pause upon something. It feels smooth beneath your fingertips. Grasping it, you slide it out from the darkness and study it in your hands. It appears to be a book. Shrugging and not feeling particularly interested in whatever book it is that you're holding, you go to shove it back out of sight. Just before you let go, you hear a voice.
"I've read that one. Had me sobbing my heart out, it did." 
Turning slightly in your seat, you see a middle-aged woman leaning over the back of you. Smiling uneasily at the stranger, you turn back around and gently ease the book back out again. Studying the cover, you begin to wonder what it's about. It had her crying? Or is she just saying that because she's one of those "bookworms?" Glancing back through the window, you groan inwardly as rain droplets begin to slide down the glass just opposite your face. Opening the book at the first chapter, you frown at the amount of words that are printed before you on the page. Well, what the hell. It's not like there's anything better to do. You study the rest of the commuters that are staring blankly out of the windows and decide that anything has got to be better than this. You drop your eyes to the first word and begin. 

New York. San Francisco. England. Hawaii. France. Wales. Egypt. You're surrounded by stifling heat, freezing cold wisps of air, a tropical storm, a gentle sea breeze... You're meeting new friends; bad-ass bikers, troubled couples, people seconds away from falling in love, people with super-human powers, excited women preparing for their wedding day, cake makers, interior designers, mothers, fathers, widows, magazine editors, high-flying business people. 

You glance up from the pages, feeling a little overwhelmed. Nope. Nothing new here. Your head drops down once more. 

Now you're in a kingdom, surrounded by castles and knights in shining armor. Myths and legends are alive. Serpents, wizardry, spells, potions. With a whoosh, you're now at a child's birthday party. Cake, balloons, the notes of 'Happy Birthday' tinkling in the summer air. Turning around, you're standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower, watching someone propose to the woman of his dreams. With a squeal, she jumps on the spot and throws her arms around her man. Smiling sweetly at the image, you glance to the side and watch in fascination as a child and father swing by in a hot air balloon. 
"Step inside! Come with us!" 
Without hesitation, you hop into the basket and with a blast, the three of you take off. Below, the land is muddled into a mass of greens and blues. 
"Where are we going?" You call, the air taking your breath away as it wraps itself around you. 
"Where ever you want to go..." is the reply.

With a jolt, you sit right up in your seat and realise you're being spoken to.
"Last stop, maam." 
Furrowing your brows in confusion, you glance down at the open book in your lap. 
You close the cover gently, and slip it back into your bag, being careful not to damage it. You make your way down the bus and step off, feeling shaken and bewildered. The doors close behind you and you glance up at your grey, stone office building. 
Just another day at the office. 

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I realise that words can sometimes seem scary and frightening, especially for people that have never taken an interest in what they have the power to draw from you. But trust me on this. Once you lose yourself to a book and experience the sensation of having to drag yourself back to reality reluctantly, you'll never look back. Books aren't just words on pages, they are doors to where ever you feel like you need or want to go. There are millions and millions of books out there, and just one could change your entire perspective if you have the patience to find it. 

But in the meantime, please don't tell us that books are boring until you've been to the place that you've been dreaming of without even leaving the house. 

Becca xxx

Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon

"Sometimes you have to go back to be able to move on," he says. I smile sadly and nod. 

Title - Thirteen Weddings
Author - Paige Toon
Publication Date - May 22nd 2014
Publisher - Simon & Schuster UK
Format - eBook
Pages - 400

The blurb

Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia. 

Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends. But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business. 

Becca's thoughts

I would like to start my review off by saying a very grateful thank you to the publishers, Simon and Schuster UK, for accepting me via Net Galley to read and review Paige's latest title Thirteen Weddings. I cannot put into words my excitement and craziness when I opened the email that announced my acceptance. So seriously, thank you! You made my day that day. 

There is something, something that I can't quite put my finger on, about Paige's books. It could be the beautifully designed covers that take my breath away with every new release. It could also be the amazing, true-to-life characters that I can never do anything else but love. There's a high chance that it could be her stories; stories that I can completely and obsessively lose myself within, and the majority of the time, I don't really want to ever leave. It could be the incredible emotions that Paige manages to awake within me. Like I said, I don't really know. But what I do know is that there is nothing else, nothing else in this entire universe, that can make me feel the same way that I do when I am reading one of Paige Toon's books. Nothing.

You get a hint of what Thirteen Weddings is all about in the title. Yep, you got it! Weddings. I don't think that I have ever read a book that envelopes you in a world of matrimony more than what Thirteen Weddings does. Bronte is Paige's main character and what a lovely character she is. Bronte's experience of love and marriage has been tainted ever since she witnessed something painfully disturbing as a young girl. From that moment on, she has happily traveled through life observing the people around her become two rather than one, but she decided long ago that marriage was not for her. It just wasn't. When Bronte happens to meet Alex at her friend's hen do, she's rather taken with him. Both have just split up from their significant other halves and both could conjure up a million other places where they would rather be. There was instantly a spark between Alex and Bronte when they first met, and this is the signature Toon effect.  Afterwards, Alex and Bronte share a passionate night together and both don't imagine that they will ever see each other again. Isn't it funny how wrong you can be? 

As I said before, something that plays a huge role in this book is weddings. I don't want to give too much away and spoil it for any would-be-readers, but the reader receives a first hand look at what really goes on during the big day. The flowers, the cakes, the groom and bride, and of course the dress. Paige described everything with perfect clarity and detail. Honestly, once I had finished, I had weddings on the brain! It was hard not to feel excited about any future events after reading this. I'm still pretty excited now, hehe! ;) Hell, I've practically planned my own big day now too! The entire theme of weddings tied in perfectly with the main character Bronte's hidden history. Paige constantly dropped little hints and flashbacks throughout the book, taking the reader back to Bronte's childhood. It may seem a little blurry at first, but trust me, the pieces soon fall together and you're finally let in on what happened all that time ago, and why Bronte plans to never get hitched herself. 

Not only was I incredibly impressed with the detail of the weddings, but another thing that had me smiling to no end was when Paige dropped references into the story of other characters from previous books. Johnny Jefferson was a main one that had me grinning from ear to ear. Honestly, Paige is just one of the most incredible authors I have ever read. I just cannot get enough of her stories! 

Basically, the only thing left for me to say about Thirteen Weddings is that it was AMAZING. Once again, as was the same when I finished her previous titles, I was so sad to say goodbye to them. Hopefully one day Paige decides to pick back up with Bronte and her significant other, but I won't ruin the surprise by telling you which significant other than will be ;)  

It's not under debate. Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon is definitely worthy of the this 5 star rating. You need her books on your bookshelf. Trust me. 

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