Friday, 28 October 2016

Book Review - The Killing Game by J.S. Carol

Amazon UK
Title: The Killing Game
Author: J.S. Carol
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 13th October 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Imagine you are having lunch at an exclusive restaurant, filled with Hollywood’s hottest stars.
And a masked gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage. 
You must bargain for your life against a twisted individual who knows everything about you.
He also has a bomb set to detonate if his heart rate changes. 
If he dies. You die.
You have four hours to stay alive.
What would you do? 

The Killing Game is easily a content for thriller of the year, and in my top books for the year. If only every thriller could get my adrenalin pumping, my heart racing and grip me for 3-4 hours of solid reading, and I would probably read a lot more thrillers. 

For this is truly special, and I suspected it could be when I read the blurb. When the few lines on the back cover of a book, hook you in the way this one did, it is usually a very good sign of what is inside the covers. 

The Killing Game reads like a live action film, you are seeing everything that is going on, from a couple of view points, to really get a feel for all angles of the action as it plays out. In this case there are the people inside the restaurant, the one that isn't meant to be there, the television reporters both in the studio and at the scene, as well as hints as to what the police are thinking. 

All of these people are all just wondering a few things, who is the masked gunman, will anyone get out alive and why? Now I'm not going to tell you any of that, as it would completely spoil the enjoyment of this story. 

The question I'd like you think about though is what you would do if in a siege situation? Would you give into demands, try and be a hero, or just pray you were insignificant enough not to be noticed.? And how would you feel? Well to get some ideas of how you may feel, read The Killing Game, as it gives what I can only imagine to be a very authentic account of such a situation, and how it could play out. 

The whole book takes place over four hours, in half hour segments, and with it, new revelations are brought about, more links are made between everyone and the outcome had me gasping with shock. My heart is still racing as I write this, I was so absorbed in the action. 

This is my first book by JS Carol, and I am so glad I took a chance on it. This is definitely the sort of thriller that I love to read, fast paced, well written, has you gripped and thinking from the first page, and more importantly impossible to put down. 

A word of warning though, only start this when you have time to read for a decent chunk of time. Thankfully I had a free afternoon, and was able to read the book in one sitting. Had I been doing my normal thing of commute reading, I dread to think where I would have ended up today, as for a few hours I was completely unaware of the world around me. 

The Killing Game is a pulsating and addictive thriller and was a joy to read. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Bookouture for my copy of this book. This was my honest opinion. 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Guest Post - Mr Perfect vs The Perfect Christmas by Rosa Temple - Blog Tour

When I told a friend of mine that I had written a novel called, Single by Christmas, she asked if I didn’t mean, ‘Married’ by Christmas. After all, she told me over the phone, isn’t that what happens with heroines in the type of book you write?

Well I had to point out to her that sometimes genres can be turned on their heads and for all she knew my heroine might just be married by Christmas because I’d managed to weave it into the story by way of a massive plot twist – the title might be red herring I told her.

After hanging up, I thought a lot about what she said. Chick Lit novels and the type of romantic comedy that I love to write usually call for a Happy Ever After, don’t they? But that made me wonder, should a woman go all out to find the perfect man in time for a big holiday like Christmas, in the tradition of true love, or does she forget about men and try for the kind of Christmas that everyone loved once upon a time – the Christmas that’s all about family and friends.

If you’re happily in a relationship then this won’t really apply to you, but I have a few single girlfriends who are not relishing another holiday season without the arms of a hunky guy wrapped around them. It’s not as if I don’t get that, but why put yourself under so much pressure when it is only one day after all? Somehow the true meaning of Christmas gets lost if all the single women are going Bridget Jones crazy and singing, “All by Myself” just because there isn’t a man around.

Instead, I say, down with love (or at least searching for it for a while) and get out your old turkey baking tray, Christmas cake recipes and invite family and friends over on Christmas day, instead. It’s the perfect time of year to catch up on old friends and people you haven’t seen in a while. So why not throw a party? 

I remember moving to a new flat some time ago and when it came to Christmas I decided I’d invite lots of people around. I threw an open house party; cooked a big pot of chilli, a big one of mulled wine (which got topped up frequently) and opened my doors from the afternoon onwards. The idea was that people would come and leave after a while making room for the next bunch of people who came in. Trouble was, it was such a success, no one left and my poor little flat was bursting at the seams. But it was a great Christmas party and one I’d love to capture the spirit of again.

Mr Perfect or no Mr Perfect, you can still have a good time.

This year, I will be doing what I love to do best at Christmas time; every evening I get cosy on the sofa, lights on the tree twinkling and I indulge in a slushy film on the television. Then to top it all, on the day, I go crazy in the kitchen, whipping up a load of food for the family. Later I’ll be lying on the sofa in a daze while keeping a watchful eye on the Ferrero Rocher, hoping the rest of the family don’t eat them all before I have space.

Sounds pretty indulgent but that’s a Merry Christmas for me and I’m pretty sure that instead of trying to find Mr Perfect in time for Christmas, you’d have a great time with the people currently in your life and who already love you loads!

Thank you so much for this post Rosa, I can pretty much guarantee I will be "Single by Christmas" as I always am, but always tend to get into the festive spirit regardless. Merry Christmas!

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Book Review & Giveaway - Dancing in the Rain by Emily Harvale

Amazon UK
Title: Dancing in the Rain (Hideaway Down Book 4)
Author: Emily Harvale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Crescent Gate Publishing
Publication Date: 28th September 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Take a break in Hideaway Down. It's the perfect place to find romance. Make new friends, meet up with old ones and maybe even fall in love.

Happiness comes when you least expect it.

When Rachel Simpson’s boyfriend, Drew, suggested they should take a break, she thought he meant together, so she rented a holiday cottage in the picturesque village of Hideaway Down for the perfect, autumn getaway surprise. Except she was the one who got the surprise, and now she is spending a week alone in a cottage by the sea. Not quite the fun, romantic break she was hoping for.

Lucas Webb needs to get his act together – or so his friends keep telling him. He’s been like a bear with a sore head since his girlfriend dumped him… and that was several months ago. Perhaps a change of scene is what he needs. At least he still has Monty, his beloved dog… and a break by the sea will probably do them both some good.

Is it simply bad luck that this is one of the wettest, windiest autumn weeks since records began? Or does the universe work in mysterious ways?

It turns out a new Emily Harvale book on my kindle is pretty much irresistible, and so I started this within a few days of it appearing. Within a few pages the book, to pardon an expression from new to the series Billy Brookes, felt like a pair of old worn slippers. Just what you need after a hard day at work, something very warm and comfortable to slip inside - which is just what Dancing in the Rain is, especially to fans of the Hideaway Downs series. 

This is the fourth book in this series and can easily be read as a standalone, but given how good the other books are, and the fact they are all fairly quick and highly enjoyable to read, I'd still recommend starting from the beginning. 

There are updates to all the recurring characters of the series, as well as some new guests to the cottages. In Vine Cottage we have Billy Brookes who is a builder in his fifties, that Janet is very happy to meet...after all she has been looking for a builder for months. 

In Ivy Cottage, we have Rachel Simpson, who has very recently been dumped by her boyfriend Drew. She originally booked the cottage after he had suggested they go on a break...but that wasn't quite the sort of break he meant, and so she is dreading a week alone in a cottage, especially when arriving in the pouring rain. 

Then in Mistletoe Cottage is Lucas and Monty. Monty is a loveable dog, and Lucas has also got a quite recent ex. He has been told by his friends he needs to get away for a bit, and found this cottage. Again arriving in the rain isn't quite what he had in mind. 

After a power cut on their first night, Lucas and Rachel spend quite a bit of time together and lets just say their holidays take a turn for the better, despite the un holiday like weather!

Although Hideaway Down is not looking its best, the sense of camaraderie and community spirit is still present, and lots of the action takes place in local pub The Snowdrop Inn. There are great pillar of community communication, so that anything that happens is around the village, before you have taken your next breath. It was fantastic to see the Gaggle Gang are still about, and if you have no idea what a Gaggle gang is, then I do urge you to read the first book, to see just what these geese are all about!

Dancing in the Rain is a great autumnal book, given the incredibly dodgy weather that is usually present in the fall, but will be an enjoyable book whenever you read it. It has a gradual romance that creeps up on two people, and there is a really romantic moment that fans of the series will love, and new people will still agree is lovely, even if they don't know the full back story to the moment.  

Dancing in the Rain, is a relatively short book, that is very quick to read, and I finished it in two reasonably short sittings. It is a pleasure to read, and is another incredibly good addition to the Hideaway Down series. 

Thank you to Emily Harvale for this review copy. This was my honest opinion.   

Giveaway to win 4 x signed copies of Dancing in the Rain (Open Internationally)

Emily Harvale has very kindly offered 4 readers of Rachel's Random Reads the chance to win a signed copy of Dancing in the Rain

Giveaway open internationally, all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 8/11/2016. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Guest Post - About Mistletoe Manor by Holly Tierney-Bedford

Holly Tierney-Bedford is sharing with us today a look at Mistletoe Manor, the setting for her latest cozy mystery Murder at Mistletoe Manor.

Mistletoe Manor is a nineteenth century inn with six guest rooms and one guest suite. This beautiful but rundown inn is nestled in the snowy mountains of Windy Pines*, Idaho. “Not far from Wyoming and 
Montana, not close to anything,” joke the townspeople. Halfway up a mountain, the inn stands alone, overlooking the tiny town. 

For years the crotchety old Petermans owned this inn, letting it get more and more dilapidated. When young, single Klarinda Snow purchases the inn, she has her hands full. With no inn keeping experience, and no connections to the small mountain town, she can’t help but wonder if she’s made a mistake. 

Taking care of the inn keeps her from having the time to reconsider her decision. Most days just keeping up with its maintenance and care is almost more than she can handle. Her trusty cook Pierre and handywoman Myrtle help her navigate the responsibilities and workload. Life at Mistletoe Manor may be busy, but it’s rarely exciting.

And then one day in December the guest book inexplicably begins to fill with appointments. Why would rich, single, twenty-somethings from across the country suddenly descend upon the inn? Normally Klarinda’s lucky to see a couple of middle-aged anniversary celebrators from the next county over. Has Mistletoe Manor become some kind of trendy tourist destination? Or does someone have something sinister planned?

*Windy Pines, Idaho is fictional town.

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Klarinda Snow is the innkeeper of a beautiful, historic bed and breakfast in Windy Pines, Idaho. Guests come to Mistletoe Manor to escape from their troubles while enjoying the scenic mountain town. 

When all seven rooms of the inn get booked on a Tuesday night in December, Klarinda is excited about having so much business, but a little confused as well. After all, her inn normally isn't exactly a destination hotspot.

The guests have barely settled in before strange things begin happening. Is this the most accident prone group of travelers ever, or is someone out for revenge?

About the Author

Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of several novels and novellas, from romantic comedies to mysteries and thrillers. Her titles include Right Under Your Nose: A Christmas Story, Surviving Valencia, Coached, Run Away Baby, and The Snowflake Valley Advice Fairy. Her latest novella is cozy mystery Murder at Mistletoe Manor.

Holly lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband Bill and their dog Tyler.

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Book Review - Celebrations and Confetti At Cedarwood Lodge by Rebecca Raisin - Blog Tour

Amazon UK
Title: Celebrations and Confetti At Cedarwood Lodge
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 24th October 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Clio Winters is finally fulfilling her childhood dream of renovating the gorgeous old Cedarwood Lodge in Evergreen. Turning it into the perfect destination for big celebrations, weddings and parties has brought her back home, but Cedarwood Lodge is in need of a lot of tender loving care.

Perhaps all the work will be the perfect distraction from the real reason she had to leave her glamorous New York life behind.

Will coming home be the best decision of her life… or her biggest regret?

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts - following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is Part One.

This is an impressive start to the Cedarwood Lodge series, as part one of three, we get a really good introduction to the the Lodge and its renovations, and what appears to be the team in charge of putting everything together. 

We have Clio Winters, the new owner of the lodge, and is returning to Evergreen in a blaze of hidden controversy based on how her last job in New York ended. Her mother doesn't seem to keen on Clio owning Cedarwood Lodge, but it looks like this will be an ongoing point of intrigue during the series, as we try to find out exactly what her mum is hiding. 

Then there is Clio's best friend Micah who just happens to have taken a fancy to new gardener Isla. They are both incredibly sweet characters but whether they will actually get together is something that will keep you reading. 

Kai is an Australian surfer dude who is overseeing all the various teams of builders and workmen, and her certainly caught Clio's eye. They are incredibly different and I loved seeing him push her into various more active pursuits. 

Cedarwood Lodge is at the heart of this novella, and Clio's plans for the building are ambitious but if pulled off could be very profitable. Their first challenge is renovating enough to hold a 50th Wedding Anniversary party in a 6 week time frame, for Edgar and Imelda, who were married at the lodge 50 years ago. It is a tough ask, but Clio is determined to make this party memorable. 

As you may expect from a Rebecca Raisin book, this encompasses all the cosiness of a small village feel into the story, and I am already eager to see how everything progresses in parts 2 and 3.  As a first part, I can say it does work a a standalone novella, and I was not left frustrated at the end of it..although of course I'd rather jump straight into the next part sooner rather than later!

Thank you so much to Rebecca Raisin for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

Author Info:

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Guest Post - How to motivate yourself as an indie author by Laura Barnard - Blog Tour

So many people say to me that they’d love to write a book, but they just don’t have time.  No-one has the time!  When I first started writing I’d stay up sometimes until 2am before working a full time job the next day.  The key is it being your passion.  You have to ask yourself that if the money and fame side of it was taken away, would you still write?  If the answer is yes then you’ll find the time.

Don’t get me wrong, you have to be disciplined with yourself and some days I’m forcing myself to get words down, but its worth it when you see the total amount of words rising.  Even if I’m really not feeling it I’ll do some promo work or contact bloggers.

Schedule - I would suggest scheduling in a time every day, ideally the same time, so that you get into a routine of sitting down and writing.  Think of it as non-negotiable.  If a friend wants to catch a movie and you’re serious about this explain to them why you can’t go.

One Page at a Time - I’d also suggest not thinking it as writing a whole book.  The mere idea of that can be so overwhelming that it stops your mind thinking creatively.  Think of just writing down a scene that you have in your head.  Soon the characters will be talking to you while you’re trying to sleep at night, suggesting how they want things to turn out.

Rewards – I like to give myself little rewards for reaching writing targets.  Small rewards can be as simple as having a cup of tea with a biscuit, to bigger ones like a glass of prosecco.  If I push the boat out it’s a take-away – yes they are normally all food and drink based with me!  But make them whatever inspires you.

Relax – If all else fails then step away from it.  Go out with friends or watch a funny film. Sometimes taking the pressure off allows you to take inspiration from the every day.

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Life for sixteen year old Savannah Franks has just been turned upside down. Her Mum’s business has failed and they’re forced to move into a maisonette in the rough end of town. 

She doesn’t want anyone to know her dire situation, not even her besties. So when the rest of the money for the school ski trip is due she can’t be seen not to attend. Everyone is going! She just needs to find a job. Add that to the list of getting a boyfriend and losing her pathetic virginity. 

But working every spare hour in a job she hates on top of school work and mounting secrets doesn’t prove easy. Soon she’s keeping so many she’s not even sure herself what’s true and what’s not. 

The only person she can lean on to tell the truth is her best friend Heath. 

Only…did he get hot recently? That won’t make things awkward between them…right?

About Laura Barnard
Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or 'chick lit' as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.

She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She's a real fan of the power nap and of course READING!

She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

Laura Links...

Twitter: @BarnardLaura

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Book Review - Christmas Under A Starlit Sky by Holly Martin - Blog Tour

Amazon UK
Title: Christmas Under A Starlit Sky
Author: Holly Martin
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 19th October 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Step inside a beautiful winter wonderland where love, laughter and cosy nights by the fire will make this Christmas one to remember. 

Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake hotel. She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she’s spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland. So why is her heart so heavy this festive season? 

It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything. With Oakley’s career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she’d only hold him back. She had to end it with him – at least that’s what she keeps telling herself. 

But now she has a secret she’s struggling to keep, and when Oakley arrives on Juniper Island determined to win her back, Neve is thrown off balance. Will Neve’s fear of having her heart broken again push Oakley away for good, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith? 

What a wonderful second book in the Town Called Christmas series, it has just the right mix of full on Christmas feeling, lots of drama, many ups and downs, has made me cry and above all has fabulous conclusion too, wrapping up many storylines from both this and the first book. 

I had been looking forward to starting Christmas Under a Starlit Sky, pretty much seconds after finishing Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky, as I really didn't want to stop reading about the picturesque Juniper Island, the truly magical and festive setting Holly Martin has created for these books. 

If you are looking for a pair of beautiful romances, which don't go particularly smoothly then Christmas Under A Starlit Sky is definitely a book to read. We have Neve's relationship with Oakley to sort out, and Neve has a surprise for him, that may not go too well. There is also Adam who meets one of the villagers and there is a clear spark. but will they be able to get over what Ivy's not telling him. 

And even Luke, the oldest of the Whitaker siblings is having his heart turned by a woman, which although we don't see it in any details, there are just hints here and there, so its great to see that he is affected by the magic of The Merry Dancers (Northern Lights) as they appear on Juniper Island. 

One of my favourite moments, was Neve's riding lesson with young Poppy. Poppy used to love riding until a tragic accident left her without legs. Neve's secret dream is to teach horse riding to paraplegics and quadriplegics, and has a horse ready just for this sort of thing. It was such a touching moment, and coming on the back of having watched the Paralympics, I have a bit of a fascination with just how inspirational these sorts of things can be.  The whole session was dealt with sensitively, and couldn't help but make me smile.  In fact its a bit of a shame there wasn't more of this in the book, as I think it could be a great basis for a story itself. 

Easily the biggest laughs of the book is the explanation Oakley gives, in answer to 4 year old, Wren's question about baby's origins! I'm not going to give away just how the explanation goes, nor why it came up in conversation, but its a must read section.

Even Christmas day is not without its drama on Juniper Island, and the whole book is just filled with action, many characters and a whole lot of love. I loved my return to this fantabulous setting, and really really hope we haven't seen the last of it. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Bookouture for this review copy. This was my honest review. 

Monday, 24 October 2016

Book Review - Once Upon A Christmas by Sarah Morgan - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #43

Amazon UK
Title: Once Upon A Christmas
Author: Sarah Morgan
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Competition Win
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Publication Date: 5th October 2012
Rating: 5 Stars

What's your number one Christmas wish?

Bryony’s daughter has put a dad on her Christmas list. That leaves Bryony with one month to find the perfect man, so this year she’s wishing for a miracle! While she’s looking for love, her best friend Helen is doing the opposite.

Her Christmas wish is to forget all about the white dress hanging in her wardrobe – and her faithless rat of a fiancĂ©. Helen and Bryony’s festive cheer definitely needs a boost, so it’s lucky that once upon a Christmas, wishes really do come true…

I don't know why I keep being amazed when I read a Sarah Morgan book, because she is consistently brilliant at creating romances to fall in love with yourself, in the most fabulous of locations. This may be one of her slightly earlier books, but its still the same level of quality you know, love and would expect from an author of this calibre. 

There are two separate stories in this book, which are separated as Part 1 and Part 2, but part 2 is a direct continuation of part 1, but the main character focus changes. In the first half the story is about Bryony, her daughter Lizzie, and her best friend Jack. 

Lizzie made her list for Santa early this year, and put just one thing on it, she wants a dad, giving Lizzie six weeks to find a man, fall in love and get engaged at the very least, or destroy a little girls belief in Santa. Only problem is Lizzie generally doesn't date, and is very much in love with the one person who never notices her as a woman. 

The second half of the book is about Bryony's best friend Helen, who ends up meeting and living under the same roof as one of Bryony's brothers Oliver.

All of the action is set in a small town in the Lake District in winter, and Bryony, Jack and Oliver are as well as doctor's also members of the mountain rescue team. This leads to some wonderful in the field medical emergencies, and just shows how human and compassionate medical professionals can be. 

It has been since I last read an older Sarah Morgan book, that I last read a medical romance, and again I am reminded at how much I am missing out on by not reading more of this sub genre, as although I would faint in real life situations, I am fascinated reading about doctors and nurses. Let's face it there isn't much sexier than a gorgeous fictional doctor, saving someone's life!

Once Upon A Christmas is two cosy romances, that just draw you in, you may know where the story should end, but the journey is so delightful, you are happy to come along for the ride. Lizzie in part one really reminds me of the little girl from Miracle on 34th Street, while part two had me falling head over heels for Oliver, which felt a bit like I was cheating on Jack from part 1!

Wonderful book that I am so happy I found the time to read, and a great way to spend a cold winter's afternoon. 

Thank you to everyone that voted for Once Upon A Christmas. I did suspect it may win this week, but also great to see the Sarah Morgan love.  I wonder what you will be picking for me this time around! 

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #44

Thank you everyone for your input last time. The results of the last vote were:

1 Votes - Christmas in New York by Holly Greene
1 Votes - Single by Christmas by Rosa Temple
9 Votes - Once Upon A Christmas by Sarah Morgan

That was definitely a majority of votes in favour of Sarah Morgan, which doesn't surprise me as she is the queen of Christmas. Thoroughly enjoyed curling up all warm and cosy with Once Upon A Christmas, so another excellent choice everyone,. 

From now until probably the end of November each week I will be giving you a choice of 3 books from my Winter/Christmas books, to start getting us all into the festive spirit. I will probably be buying them as fast as I read them, so hopefully will get a different selection each week. 

Below is my initial theory for this feature, and then a bit further, what you are all waiting for... This weeks's vote! Enjoy!

I am also awful at deciding what book to read next, as I often have about 10 titles or authors jumping into my brain at any time, shouting at me to read them, and I tend to worry I have made the wrong decision while reading a perfectly good book. I am hoping this will save me having to make at least 1 choice a week, while possibly providing a review to the site of a book you all either love or are curious about yourselves. 

So what I am proposing, is my lovely loyal readers of Rachel's Random Reads, select one book for me to read a week, and I will post the review the following week. 

This week's random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...

So the 5 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

3 - A New York Love Story by Cassie Rocca - New York and Christmas as far as I know, always a good mix, and judging by the past few weeks votes, I keep having the pair in different books!
4 - Comfort and Joy by Cathy Bramley - This is a new short story from Cathy Bramley. It is though the follow up to The Plumberry School of Comfort Food (which I have, but not read yet). If this wins, I will read and review both for Monday. 
9 - The Winter Folly by Lulu Taylor -  I haven't read any of Lulu Taylor's more wintery books, but loved her older books which often went with me on holiday. 

Well it certainly looks like an interesting choice for you all this week, one of them jumps out at me slightly more than the others, but as always what you say is what I will read for the feature next week. So have a look, and pick a book! 

Pick your favourite or the one you most want me to review, or just the one you are curious about, and leave me a comment below, before midnight on Wednesday. 

I look forward to seeing what I will be reading over the weekend, courtesy of you all.

The explanation if you haven't seen the feature before. 

How is this going to work?

Every Monday, I am going to have a post like this, which is going to have some choices on it. I am planning on using to select 7 random numbers, to coincide with my spreadsheet of unread books.  

I will from that produce a list of hopefully 5 books, I reserve the right to veto any books, and will give reasons for them, if it occurs.

I will take screenshots and post them, of the chosen books, and also give you my instinctive reactions to the choices (without checking blurbs or any other info about them, which could be interesting as there are probably many forgotten about books on my spreadsheet!). 

Your task is to post a comment on this post, with the book you would like me to read this week. At midnight on Wednesday I will take a tally of the votes and the book with the most, I will read and review for the following Monday, where you will also get a new choice post. 

In the event of a tie, I will chose which one appeals most, for the Monday review, and possibly try and read and review the other to appear when I can. 

I am hoping this will provide some variety to the books appearing, and will let me potentially read or discover some great authors that I have wanted to read but not got around to yet.
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