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#Review “The Weekend Spa Break” by Anne John-Ligali

4/5 Stars!

The Weekend Spa Break packs a lot of emotion and fun into a short read.

We’re quickly caught up on the group of online friends who stepped out of the virtual world and met for the first time in The Big Event.

While Karmel, Jagger, Stan, and Henry are never far from thought—or social media posts—this is Constance and Estelle’s story.

Their literary lives take a back seat during a weekend spa getaway where they bond like sisters and find out they have more in common than they realized.

The weekend itself was cathartic for both women. They let their guards down and talked about broken hearts, autistic sons, and their toxic mother-in-law/mother-in-law-to-be.

Told from Constance’s POV, I prefer Estelle. At least through the eyes of her friend, Estelle appears more ballsy, confident, and not one to suffer fools lightly.

Constance Jeffries is a strong, independent woman, but seems to be ‘nicer’ and too concerned with appearances. There is no time limit on recovering from a broken heart, but Constance seemed intent on self-torture. If she blocked Maxwell across social media why not delete him from her cell too? Her reaction to the family hen party in the elevator also left me feeling some-kind-of-way.

However, I had a good feeling about Constance and felt as though she would prevail in moving on (hello, Julio!)—even though I thought she dwelt too much in the past and on MAXWELL—until the incident in her room near the end of the spa weekend. She crumbled when after the bombshell tossed at her, she should have become the Hulk and smashed Penelope in the face. Blaming Constance for something she had no knowledge of? Whatever. Instead of shaking her confidence, Constance would have felt better. (Okay, I would have felt better.)

Looking forward to the third installment. I hope the moms do get together with their sons for play-dates and the Picnic in the Sky event goes off without a hitch… but that’s asking too much, right? HA!

Great installment and a good story of two women reaching out and learning to trust despite the betrayal they’ve each suffered in the past.

Enjoy!

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Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

 A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

 

Purchase – Amazon UK – https://amzn.to/2GVSnZX

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“Dragonheart (The Los Kingdom of Fallada Book 6)” by Alicia Michaels

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Dragonheart (The Lost Kingdom of Fallada Book 6)

by Alicia Michaels

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Paranormal & Urban/Mermaids/Werewolves & Shifters

New Release!

Centuries ago, the only dragon left in Fallada perished—succumbing to a disease caused and spread by black magic. The last of the eggs failed to hatch, becoming like stone and remaining that way … until Sonia Jones discovered her true identity as a lost princess of the otherworldly kingdom.
A tomboy who once suffered from a chronic illness, Sonia doesn’t feel like princess material. Unlike her royal siblings, she has yet to discover her supernatural abilities. With war brewing in Fallada between good and evil, she hardly feels equipped to join her people on the side of good … even though an ancient prophecy clearly points to her as a savior of the realm.
Her purpose finally becomes clear when the dragon eggs in her possession hatch. The creatures seem to trust her, growing and becoming stronger under her care—inspiring her to undergo her own quest to unlock her latent abilities. Along the way, she will stumble upon a way to save her mother and their people—but it may require her to endanger the first dragons the kingdom has seen in hundreds of years. Can Sonia find the strength to fulfill her prophecy and rescue her mother, while protecting Fallada’s most rare and precious creatures?

 

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#FREE “The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay” by Nicola May

 

To celebrate the U.K.’s Bank Holiday Monday, author Nicola May has made her romantic comedy The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay FREE for the day! Download your copy before Tuesday gets here! 😀

 

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Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy.  While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

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PROLOGUE

‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’

Rosa took off her bright red woolly hat and scratched the back of her head furiously, causing her dark brown curly hair to become even more unruly.

The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes. You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the corner shop in Cockleberry Bay.’

He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock on its brass clasp.

‘Here. The will stated that you – and only you – can open this, using your date of birth.’

‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said.  ‘And where exactly is this Cockleberry Bay?’

‘Devon, dear, Devon.’  The solicitor looked under his rimless glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’

‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not stupid.’

‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to foot in anticipation. He confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to know what’s in there for days.’

Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’

‘Er, no – but are you not going to . . .?’

‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on, zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’

And she was gone.

‘Rude!’

The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman, the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s ancient legal quarter.

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#BlogTour “The Weekend Spa Break” by Anne John-Ligali

coverFriendships Online Series

Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

 A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

 

Amazon UK   |   Amazon US   |   Amazon CA   |   Amazon AU   

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Watch the 50-second trailer for The Weekend Spa Break, then enter the Giveaway!

The Weekend Spa Break

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~ G I V E A W A Y ~

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To mark the release of Part Two in the friendships series, Anne John-Ligali is giving away a Sanctuary Spa gift set and a signed printed and bound copy of The Weekend Spa Break to one lucky winner.  At present, there are no physical copies of The Weekend Spa Break available, so this is a treat!

To enter you only have to do is visit Anne’s Twitter page https://twitter.com/AnneJohnLigali and retweet the pinned tweet showing this GIVEAWAY.

A winner will be chosen at random by Tweet Draw and announced on Saturday the 19th of May at 20:00hrs.

Open INTERNATIONALLY!

Good luck!

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About the Author

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring authorMeet Anne interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series.  Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

 

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“The Hidden Past of Pippa McGovern” by Holly Kerr

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The Hidden Past of Pippa McGovern – A Chick Lit Adventure Series (Charlotte Dodd Book 3)

by Holly Kerr

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romantic Comedy/Action Adventure

PREORDER! Releases June 19th!

Pippa is a good thief, a better spy and currently the It Girl of the European intelligence circles. She’s risen to the top by following three rules: Keep it simple. Nothing matters but the mission. Spies don’t fall in love.
She’s in the spy game for the sky-high paychecks and the cool toys. Her latest mission in Toronto won’t put the world in too much danger and she’ll get the hard-fought respect of Lysander Mochrie, the man who helped her become the best agent in Ireland. But Pippa knows this is the mission that will turn her into one of the bad guys, that is if she can keep Charlotte Dodd, the Canadian super spy, from getting the better of her.”

Lysander won’t stand for mistakes and Pippa’s got to finish what she started, whatever it takes. She’s got a plan and it’s a good one, at least until a pair of blue eyes and a fast car get in her way and make her think twice about everything she’s ever believed in.

Declan’s cute, funny and sweet but Pippa can’t forget Declan’s sister is the only one standing in Pippa’s way of completing her mission.

There’s a reason spies don’t fall in love, especially with the good guys.

Book Three in the Charlotte Dodd action packed chick lit series!

 

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“Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus (I Can Read Level 1)” by Jane O’Conner

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Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus (I Can Read Level 1)

by Jane O’Connor

Genre: Children’s/Science & Nature/Girls & Women

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Fancy Nancy’s closet is bulging (that’s a fancy way of saying it won’t close). Nancy’s mom thinks she should give away some of her tutus—but Nancy knows a fancy girl can never have too many tutus! But when Ms. Glass tells her class they will have a fancy swap-and-shop at school, will Nancy bring in some tutus to trade? And what happens when she finds the tutu of her dreams?

Following in the footsteps of all Fancy Nancy I Can Reads, Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus will delight beginning readers—and tiny, tutu-wearing fans will agree: There’s no such thing as too many tutus!

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