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

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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.

Praise for Nicola May’s books

‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson

‘A fun and flighty read’ –  The Sun

‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’ – WOMAN Magazine

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​Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chick lit with a kick.


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‘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.


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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#BookTour “Sweet Dreams (Dreams Come True)” by Stacey Keith


coverTitle: Sweet Dreams

Author: Stacey Keith

Genre: Romance

In a little town in the heart of Texas, the same old story can turn into happily ever after . . .

On any given day, Maggie Roby has cake batter on her sleeve, flour where the blush supposedly goes, and sore feet from standing since dawn. For her sister’s wedding day, she’s added a side of heartache. Maggie’s failed marriage taught her that love is a lie and commitment a mistake, and it was an expensive lesson. But with her bakery thriving and her life simplified to work, family, and knitting for her pug, Maggie thinks she’s bought some peace. Until Jake Sutton walks in and she realizes she isn’t safe from desire at all . . .

Jake has model-perfect looks and about a billion dollars to throw around, but Maggie also sees the same never-say-die grit she prizes in herself. The attraction between them is hotter than her oven in July. But when Jake decides to restore the old Art Deco movie theater right around the corner from her bakery, she worries that temptation is a little too close for comfort. And the added ingredient of a man from her past only complicates the mix. This time nothing less than true love will do. If she can learn to listen to her heart, she just may be able to have her cake and eat it too.



Author Bio Stacey Keith

Award-winning author Stacey Keith doesn’t own a television, but reads compulsively—and would, in fact, go stark raving bonkers without books, most of which are crammed into every corner of the house. She lives with her jazz musician boyfriend in Civita Castellana, a medieval village in Italy that sits atop a cliff, and she spends her days writing in a nearby abandoned 12th century church. But the two things she is most proud of are her ability to cook pasta alla matriciana without burning down the kitchen and swearing volubly in Italian with all the appropriate hand gestures.








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“Sara’s Game” by Ernie Lindsey


Sara’s Game (The Sara Winthrop Thriller Series Book 1)

by Ernie Lindsey

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Women’s Fiction/Psychological

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Two years ago, Sara’s husband left for the gym one morning…and never came back. His car was found. He wasn’t. Unbelievably, the police report said, “No foul play suspected.” There were a few unreliable sightings over the following months, but little else.

Now, on the last day before summer break, her three children have gone missing from their schools, all at the same time.

And the note under her windshield wiper asks one foreboding question: Are you ready to play the game?

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“Tonight & Forever (Madaris Family Saga)” by Brenda Jackson


Tonight & Forever (Madaris Family Saga)

by Brenda Jackson

Genre: Women’s Fiction/African-American/Divorce/Romance

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After her marriage ends in bitter divorce, Lorren Jacobs returns to her roots in Texas to escape the trouble and heartbreak men cause, but then she meets physician Justin Madaris. Lorren has vowed never to give her heart to another man, but she can’t stop herself from responding to the handsome widower’s sexy, sensuous seduction…

Justin thought no woman could ever move him as deeply as his wife had. Until Lorren. She rekindles a desire he never believed he’d feel again. But sharing a life together means letting go of the past. Somehow, Justin and Lorren must fight through the painful memories to fulfill the passionate promise of tomorrow….

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Women Writers… writing | Maureen A. Lomo

Maureen A LomoWriting as Maureen Asantewaa







Tenth Year in the Sun (Book 1 of The Sankofa Sisterhood Series)cover

by Maureen Asantewaa, M.L. Wonder

Genre: Women’s Fiction

A sisterhood bound by promise and woven with love.

Adoma, an idealist, inspires her closest friends — her soul sisters — to meet on an idyllic island off the coast of Africa for a ten-year reunion. She’s longing to reconnect, especially since she’s just turned her life inside out, leaving her former career overseas and her rich but controlling beau. Over the years, her friends have had their share of ups and downs too. Broken hearts, broken promises. They used to tell each other everything, but now Adoma senses secrets being kept, maybe even lies being told. What’s behind them? What happened to the trust she needs so badly?

As the secrets unravel, a life-threatening disaster emerges. Storm clouds gather in their island paradise while the ties of old friendship are strained to the limit. No one – including Adoma, knows whether the sisterhood will survive …or if their lives will ever be the same.

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Women Writers… writing | Rebecca Carlton McCulloch

Becca McCullochBecca McCulloch is a wife, mother, professor, and writer but rarely in that order (if in any order at all). At night, she transitions from mild-mannered educator into mild-mannered artist, writing about LDS (Mormon) issues in a modern and complex world. In 2016, she won the Storymakers’ First Chapter Contest/General Fiction category. Becca resides in Utah with her husband, 2 children, Great Dane, two cats, and a pesky, yet friendly raccoon that won’t leave the outdoor shed.

Becca also writes under the pseudonym, Liv Bartlet, with writing partner, Sarah McKnight.  They have been building worlds and telling stories together for more than a decade. They’ve logged hours of behind-the-scenes movie and TV footage and challenged each other in a friendly Oscar guessing game every year this millennium. Lifelong Anglophiles, their Monkey & Me world sprang to vivid life on a trip to London that included divine pastries, sublime art, and a spectacular pratfall in the British Museum.

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Genre: Literature & Fiction/Anthology/Short Stories

This anthology is a compilation of short stories of different genres. Each contributor is a member of the LDS Beta Readers Facebook group.





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coverProduction Values: A Monkey & Me Novel

by Liv Bartlet

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary/Romance

“Mornings like this I can understand the appeal of killer high heels. When Bea’s with me, her heels click with command down the sidewalk: Get out of my way, I’m in charge and I’ve got the footwear to prove it. I wear flats or trainers and let the sidewalk serve me quietly. But today there is no commanding clack beside me.”

29-year-old artistic prodigy Kat Porter has golden statues on her career horizon until she jolts her TV production company by hiring megastar (and mega-womanizer) Ian Graham. The resulting chaos exposes deep fault lines in the relationship with her pragmatic business partner and best friend, Bea Douglas…When art and business collide, can friendship survive?

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Off Script: A Monkey & Me Novelcover

by Liv Bartlet

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary/Romance

“I kissed Edward Wolverton once. It was everything it was supposed to be—and then some… maybe I’ll kiss him again.”

TV Producer Bea Douglas’s last confession to her former business partner and ex-best friend wasn’t meant to tempt the fates. She’s eager to escape the hypocrisy of the television industry and years of hiding her faith for the convenience of other people. Edward Wolverton may be hot, smart, and funny—but he’s also two steps out of rehab with a self-proclaimed allergy to Christianity.

But after a club night turns violent, Bea loses her sense of self while Eddie teeters on the edge of relapse. Their connection to each other is the only certainty. To be together, each will have to let go of past pain and have faith in a love that never fades.

Off Script is an uncommon story of the power of love and resilience to bring people together in a society that does its best to tear them apart.

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Women Writers… writing | Holly Kerr

Holly KerrHolly Kerr writes books people enjoy. All her books feature strong women who aren’t afraid to go after what they want, from her early rom-com (Unexpecting), women’s fiction (Coming Home) and chick lit (Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder).

For her latest books, she’s taken her hidden fantasy of being a super-hero and mixed it into chick lit to come up with the Charlotte Dodd series about a secret agent who loses her memory. The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd is the first in the series, with the prequel, The Missing Files of Charlotte Dodd giving some backstory about why Charlotte is so secret. And The Best Worst First Date Ever continues Charlotte’s story. A third book in coming soon.

She also writes MG books for her kids. The Dragon Under the Mountain, and the sequel, The Dragon Under the Dome, will be available soon.

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The Best Worst First Date Ever – A Chick Lit Adventure Series (Charlotte Dodd Book 2)cover

by Holly Kerr

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Women’s Adventure

The adventures of Charlotte Dodd continue with The Best Worst First Date Ever.

Tenley Scott is a single mother and owner of Soup du Jour. She’s full of nervous excitement for her date with Colin, the handsome Brit who’s been hanging around the café.

She’s expecting casual conversation over drinks. Maybe dinner. Possibly a second date.
Not crazed ex-girlfriends, armed thugs, car crashes and a kidnapping. Worst date ever.

And then Tenley finds out about NIAA, the Canadian secret spy organization. Hello, Charlotte Dodd.

In a move out of a sci-fi movie, Charlotte’s missing memories are implanted into Tenley’s mind, giving Tenley top secret information about the Agency, dangerous spy missions and Charlotte’s love, Hamilton Short. Now it’s a race to keep Tenley out of the hands of those who want the information and to find a way to get Charlotte out of her head.

It’s been a while since Tenley’s been on a date, but this date turns out worse – and better- than she ever expected!

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CoverComing Home

by Holly Kerr

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romantic Comedy

Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.

After her cheating husband destroys her career, Brenna has nowhere to go but home.
Home means her four sisters in the tiny Northern Ontario town with no Starbucks and well-meaning townsfolk who know her every move. Every mistake.
And Brenna is making more than a few mistakes. From falling asleep at the local bar to hooking up with her niece’s boyfriend, Brenna’s life is giving the town a lot to talk about.
Her sister Cat wants nothing to do with her. Content living in the family home with the ghost of their mother, Cat’s left a trail of broken hearts and failed marriages on the road to Brenna’s ex, Seamus Todd. Brenna’s return brings back old insecurities and unanswered questions for Cat.
Sibling rivalries, old grudges and a least one knock-out, drag-down kitchen fight ensue as Brenna and Cat are forced to live under the same roof.
And to make it worse, Brenna’s not the only one coming home.

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