Work Experience at a Local Newspaper

13th June 2019

I wanted to share what I have been up to the past two days. I have had the best work experience and I wanted to share all about it here. 😀

Obviously, with my NCTJ Course starting in September 2019, I was advised by my wonderful Tutor-to-be, Dani, to look around for work experience that I can do prior to it. This way I would get some much needed experience and I could really see how it all worked, or at least a portion of it.

I have spent many months emailing various companies, agencies, broadcast companies, etc and I was lucky enough to get two days work experience at the Express and Star in Wolverhampton. I spoke to a lovely lady who explained what times I had to be in and when. One of the things that I have been doing a lot of is reading up on work experience tips. I read, googled, youtubed and digested as much information as possible, so that I was ready when my ‘time to shine’ days came around. I already knew from all of my research that I would benefit if I came to the newspaper with a story idea already in hand. So I found my story and sourced the information before I went.

On Tuesday 11th June, I finished at my job of 15 years. Although my time there had ended, I left with a host of transferable skills, which came in very handy when it came to working at the newspaper.

So yesterday morning I got my boys into breakfast club, called a taxi (I wasn’t driving to Wolverhampton with all those roadworks) and I arrived at reception of the Express and Star at 9.00am. I was immediately greeted by a very friendly receptionist who provided me with a co-tag for getting in and out of the doors. I was the taken up to the office where I would be working by one of the reporters. The nerves were immense! I was shaking, yet trying to remain cool as a cucumber. I was immediately sat at a desk with a laptop and monitor. Literally half an hour after I had got there, I was writing my own piece, the one I have been gathering the information for. The reporter I was shadowing was very impressed that I had brought something with me to work on. But he also gave me a couple of picture stories to write articles for.

Of all the things I expected my work experience to be like, I never once expected that I would be writing articles myself. I was in heaven! Literally! I felt like I had completely arrived! The piece I had brought with me to work on was so important to me, and I wanted to make sure I got it right. I worked on that, aswell as the other articles that I was given.

Part way through the day, I was asked to go out and have a walk around some of the shops and businesses around the centre. There are some road works currently that are affecting trade for some of the owners, and I was asked to go and gather any comments that they may have. It was so interesting getting out and talking to people about their views. It really did make me realise how important it will be for me to learn shorthand though, it would have helped so much more if I could have been quicker at getting the quotes. I spoke to some interesting people and I felt like I was helping them in a way, I was allowing them to have a voice. I took all of the comments back with me and handed them into the reporter who was writing the article. I had some fantastic feedback from the other reporters about the comments I had managed to get and it had me buzzing. I was so thrilled. My first day went so quickly, although I did struggle to find my way with the system that they use, which is called The Knowledge. One of the female reporters who sat opposite was so open and friendly and despite being mega busy with her workload, she helped me to get to grips a little bit with the system.

I feel like the work I did at the council really helped me with this job. Despite being a bit thrown by the system they used, it took me hardly any time at all to figure out how to use it. I took it upon myself to answer the telephones and to send messages, and I was happy to do any task that they asked me to do. I felt like I floated out of the building yesterday and I really couldn’t way to go back again today.

I almost skipped into the offices when I got out of the taxi this morning. I got to the express and star offices at 9am and I made my way to the same desk, logged in and I felt completely at home. I introduced myself to the Deputy Chief Reporter and she gave me a picture article to write up (this included me getting comments from sources and writing it up from scratch). At the same time I had the previous days picture article to shape and I also had my story to complete. The help and support I got today was amazing, I sat with one reporter and she went through the story I had brought in with me and although it needed tweaking in parts to tie in with the newspapers style, she told me that it was a really good piece and very well written. The same was said by the Deputy Chief Reporter when I asked her to check over the article I wrote in connection with the photograph she had sent me. I was elated. This job was exactly what I wanted to do. I was still speaking with the public, which is the one part of my previous job that I loved…and I was creating stories. The fact that the staff I worked with seemed so pleased with the work I did, really helped to make these two days amazing! The time went by so quickly. I left on good terms, thanking everyone for their support and told them I would be available again if they wanted me back. I would be keen to try working in other areas, like attending court or working on the entertainment section. I loved every second of my work experience and really hope I can sort out some more very soon.

One of the highlights was when I found out that my story would have my byline when it is published. A photographer has been booked for next week and then it will be put together with the words I created and fingers crossed it will show my name.

I really cant wait to get into this industry.


#Blogtour – Mr Temptation by Rachael Stewart

Blogtour – Saturday 8th June
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Welcome to this very sexy, very thrilling Blogtour post!

If you like something that gets your heart racing, something that truly has you thirsty for more, then please stick around. This book is 100% hot! I read page to page greedily, never putting the book down until I reached its amazing conclusion!

Big thanks must go as always to the two wonderful ladies, who invited me to this tour;-

Rachel, our wonderful blog tour host of Rachels Random Resources –


Rachael Stewart, an author who I have worked with on previous tours and whose writing never fails to get me going!

Mr Temptation

I was excited about reading this book when I perved (I mean, saw..) the front cover. Mr Temptation seemed like my type of book, and I was not disappointed at all! The steamy interactions, between Zara and the arrogant, but sexy Daniel set my pulse racing and I loved how their story came together.

Before I head further into my review, as always, I want to tell you more about the fabulous writer, Rachael Stewart.

About the Author

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Social Media Links –

Twitter:  @rach_b52

About the Book

Mr Temptation

Mixing business with pleasure…

                                 …has never been more tempting!

Career-focussed Zara Anders, an estate agent for the elite, has sworn off men―until gorgeous Swedish billionaire Daniel Lazenby gets under her skin. Their racy affair heats up quickly, but ends in a hurry when Zara learns about Daniel’s womanizing past. Determined to win her back, Daniel offers her a business deal too good to be true…and some out-of-office fun too tempting to turn down!

Purchase Links:

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My Review

Oh Daniel! Arrogant, cocky, sexy and charismatic all wrapped up in his sexy, Swedish body.

And Zara, sexy estate agent who is feisty and a real match for the usually womanising ways of our main man.

The powerful chemistry between these two characters is deliciously hot and I read each page greedily. I am not ashamed to admit that I read this book in one sitting…I just couldn’t put it down. I felt my pulse quickening as I read through the intimate entanglements of these two characters, Rachael certainly has a fantastic way of writing these racy moments. I believed every word and found myself getting a little too hot under the collar.

As with all of Rachael Stewarts novels, this book was more than just the amazing sex scenes, it also has heart and drama within the story. We watch as these two characters struggle with their feelings, but we also see behind their tough exteriors….from Daniels love of his sister, Julia to Zara’s vulnerabilities from heartbreak caused by a previous relationship.

I love reading Rachaels work and I come away satisfied with each novel I read. Although we are reading erotic romance, every book is fresh and new and unlike the previous one. Sometimes you can read these type of books by similar authors and feel like there is a bit too much familiarity between the stories but not with Rachaels work. Each book is fresh and exciting, making her work a brilliant read.

Fantastic book! Fantastic read! This book had me sizzling by the end, I loved the interaction between our main characters, and loved how their story came together.  A Great Read! Rachael Stewart never ever disappoints.

But beware, this will raise your temperatures!

Rating – 5 out of 5!

Fancy winning a free copy of the book? See how below.

Giveaway to Win an e-copy of Mr. Temptation by Rachael Stewart (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

If you liked my review and like the sound of this book, but would like to read more reviews, why not check out the other bloggers who are on this tour.

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#Blogtour – The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White

Blogtour – Friday 24th May

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Hi all!

Today, I don’t bring you just ONE BLOGTOUR POST, I bring you TWO! Two amazing books, Two amazing authors, and Two Amazing reads…both different in their genres and style, but both brilliant reading material.

As always, I must thank the people who invite me along to this tour. Without our blog host, Rachel of Rachels Random Resources (, and the fantastic writer, Barbara Claypole White, I would never have been introduced to this thought provoking, heart-wrenching story of a mother who is torn from her daughter by her poor mental health. This book is 100% a 5 star read! I don’t give 5 stars away very often, but this book totally deserves it. My Feels were definately hit hard with this story.

Before I tell you more about this story and give you my thoughts on it, lets have a bit about the author.

About the Author

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Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White has created her own idiosyncratic niche in mainstream fiction: hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness.

Originally from England, she writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina, where she lives with her family.

Her novels include:
The Unfinished Garden, Mira Books, 2012, winner of the Golden Quill for Best First Book 2013;
The In-Between Hour, Mira Books, 2014, chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as an Okra Pick;
The Perfect Son, Lake Union, 2015, Goodreads Choice Awards Semi-finalist for Best Fiction;
Echoes of Family, Lake Union, 2016, WFWA 2017 Star Award Finalist;
The Promise Between Us, Lake Union, 2018.

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Barbara is also an OCD advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity.

To listen to Barbara’s 2018 interview with Frank Stasio on The State of Things, click here:

To watch Barbara’s 2018 interview with Linda Hurtado on Fox 13, click here:

For more information on Barbara, please visit –

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About the Book


“If you leave your newborn child because you have unstoppable thoughts of harming her, are you a good mother or a terrible one? This dilemma is at the heart of Barbara Claypole White’s novel, a wrenching story of how one woman’s OCD has a ripple effect on those around her—including the people she tried hardest to protect. This is an eye-opening and realistic exploration of mental illness—a topic that greatly deserves to be front and center.”
Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things.

Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind—to change her name and never return.
But when she and Maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behaviour. Worse, Maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Katie has the power to help, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned?
To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, accept the possibility of love, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret.

Purchase Link:
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My Review

How on earth do I leave my review about a story that I loved and NOT give away any ‘Spoilers’!?

This story was brutal, honest and fantastically written. I was pulled into the story from the very first pages and was hooked instantly. The story had a flow which was easy to read, but which also offered lots of emphasis on Katie and her mental illness which plagued her incessantly after the birth of her baby daughter. I felt each torturous struggle in those first few pages, as Katie tried in vain to control the unnatural images which assaulted her daily life. The writing was powerfully accurate and I found myself reading with a racing heart as I read deeper into the story.

The pace was brilliant and I felt connections to the characters, enabling me to care about them and there part in this story. I love a story that writes from differing angles and this helped to bring this story together nicely, as we found more out about the characters involved. I was absorbed by the connecting characters and felt the dialogue and character interactions were relatable and realistic.

It was interesting to read more about OCD and I felt like I came away having learned more about this disorder. I will be ensuring that I read more works by this author, because fantastically satisfied by the conclusion!
Fab Book! Fab Read! Please add this to you TBR list! You will not be sorry!

I love all of the books that I get sent through for review, but this by far is one of my favourites! Fantastic read from start to finish! I highly recommend!

Rating – 5 out of 5!

If you would like to read more reviews from fellow bloggers who are on this tour, then please go on over and check out their blogs
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Thanks for reading guys!

S x

#Blogtour – Pink Ice Creams by Jo Woolaston

#Blogtour – Friday 24th May
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Another Book Review – All on the same day! I have been busy haven’t I? And let me tell you! I have enjoyed every single page that I have turned! This book was a brilliant read from start to finish, I enjoyed the fast pace  and I read greedily as I rushed head first into the dramatic story which had me hooked!

As always, I would never have been introduced to this wonderful book if it hadn’t have been for the wonderful blog host and the author of this book! So big thanks go to Rachel of Rachels Random Resources ( and the Author, Jo Woolaston (

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Here’s a little bit about the writer!

About the Author
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Jo Woolaston lives in Leicestershire, England with her extreme noise-making husband and two lovely sons. She tries to avoid housework and getting a ‘proper job’ by just writing stuff instead – silly verse, screenplays, shopping lists…

This sometimes works in her favour (she did well in her MA in TV Scriptwriting, gaining a Best Student award in Media and Journalism – and has had a few plays produced – that kind of thing) but mostly it just results in chronic insomnia and desperate tears of frustration. Pink Ice Creams is her first novel, she hopes you liked it.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @JoWoolaston
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About the Book
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Intent on fixing her broken marriage and the alcohol-fuelled catastrophe that is her life, Kay Harris arrives at her grim and grey holiday let, ready to lay to rest the tragedy that has governed her entire adulthood – the disappearance of her little brother, Adam.

But the road to recovery is pitted with the pot-holes of her own poor choices, and it isn’t long before Kay is forced to accept that maybe she doesn’t deserve the retribution she seeks. Will the intervention of strangers help her find the answers she needs to move on from her past, or will she always be stuck on the hard shoulder with no clear view ahead and a glove box full of empties?

Pink Ice Creams is a tale of loss, self-destruction, and clinging on to the scraps of the long-lost when everyone else has given up hope.

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My Review

Kay Harris has a lot of demons; memories of tragic loss which has ripped her life apart and sent her on a downward spiral. Her need for alcohol is almost overpowering and yet she knows that she must try to confront what happened if she has any chance of moving forward.

The story was hard to read at times, but I felt the painful struggle that Kay faced daily. I read as she shouldered guilt from events that occurred when she was younger, events which saw her younger brother, Adam, disappear.

The character interactions were created brilliantly and I read with intrigue as I delved deeper into this book.

This is a fantastic read! Hard to read at times, but powerful and moving! One to read!

The Conclusion

Fantastic story, well written. I will be adding this author to my watch list as I really want to see more of her work! One to watch!

Rating – 4 out of 5!

S x

#Blogtour – The Suspects by Katharine Johnson

Blogtour – Sunday 5th May

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Hi All
Thanks for stopping by! This is my stop on the Blogtour for The Suspects, written by Katharine Johnson. I was invited onto this tour by the wonderful blog host, Rachel of Rachels Random Resources! And let me say, I am so glad that I took part! This book was amazing! A real page turner from start to finish!

As mentioned big thanks must go to Rachel and Katherine for inviting me along for the ride!

Rachel –

Katherine Johnson –

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This book took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions from start to finish! It was thrilling, haunting and deeply dramatic! I read each page greedily as I tried to get deeper into the story. I loved the fact that it was mainly set in the 1980’s and loved the interaction between the characters.

Before I dive further into my review, lets read a bit more about the author.

About the Author

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Katharine Johnson was born in Bristol and now lives in Berkshire. She’s worked as a journalist on lots of magazines and has written a history book about Windsor. When not writing you’ll usually find her with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other, restoring a house in Italy, walking her spaniel or playing netball (although not usually at the same time)

About the Book
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Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller
Bristol, 1988. Five young graduates on the threshold of their careers buy a house together in order to get a foot on the property ladder before prices spiral out of their reach. But it soon becomes the house share from hell.
After their New Year’s Eve party, they discover a body – and it’s clear they’ll be the first suspects. As each of them has a good reason from their past not to trust the police, they come up with a solution – one which forces them into a life of secrets and lies. But can they trust each other?

“The hugely talented Katharine Johnson has, again delivered a tense thriller! This is a compelling novel – up there with Erin Kelly and Sophie Hannah.”
Val Penny, author of The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries.

“Gripping and frighteningly realistic. The twists and turns kept me guessing to the very end.”
Jo Fenton, author of The Brotherhood.

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My Review

I was intrigued from the opening pages, as I read into Zanthes funeral. I pored over each word and felt instant connections with the characters that I came across. The story unravelled itself as I read deeper and I found myself hating, loving and rooting for the characters. The story flowed brilliantly and I was in awe of the writers style…I was kept hooked from the beginning and she created realistic, complex people who wanted to know more about.

The building suspense and mystery kept me reading for hours and I was left shocked as secrets and twists developed on the pages in front of me. It wasn’t easy to like all of the characters, but I still found their interactions and dialogue easy to read. I was immersed into their world and I was witness to their double-crossing, back-stabbing behaviour. The distrust from some of the characters was unmistakeable and I enjoyed reading as this dark, twisty story spun dangerously towards its climax!

I want to get into this story so fiercely, and I want to tell you so much more about it, but YOU really need to try it yourself. This was an amazing read and one that I 100% recommend.


Fantastic, brilliant read from an author who I will be watching carefully from now on! I loved the story and I would recommend this to all of my followers, plus family and friends! Go give this book a go!

Rating – 4 out of 5!

Giveaway to Win copies of The Suspects and The Silence (Open International)

1st Prize – signed paperback of The Suspects

2nd Prize audiobook of The Silence – any region

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

If you liked the sound of this book and would like to see reviews from other bloggers on this tour, come and take a look at these fab pages!
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Thanks All
S x

#Blogtour – Jay Jay the Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead

Blogtour – Saturday 20th April

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Hi All

I love books, probably a lot more than I love people at times (Joke….ish), and so I always jump at the chance to read something new or inventive. Even more so, I get a little TOO excited when it comes to sharing new finds with my two little monsters. Being a mother, I always try to encourage my boys to find new books at book stores, charity shops, etc and they love a good bedtime story. And can I just say, my boys loved this one! It was amazing from start to finish, so easy to read with brilliant illustrations throughout. It held my children captive as I read it to them and they took in each picture, absorbing the words with enthusiasm.

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Big thanks as always must go to the blog tour host and the author for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for review.

Rachel of Rachels Random Resources –
The Author, Sue Wickstead –

Before we head into my review, lets have a peek at the wonderful writer who brought this story to life.

About the Author

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I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.

For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.

This story has now been followed by five more picture books.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

Social Media Links –
Facebook: – Author Page – Bewbush Playbus Teacher in the cupboard

About the Book

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Jay-Jay the bus is rescued from the dirty scrap yard, where he was sadly gathering dust and cobwebs. Feeling nervous yet excited, he is taken to an airport where he is magically transformed into a ‘Playbus’ full of toys, games and adventure.
A fictional tale based on a real-life bus ‘Supersonic’, which flew in the imaginations of the many young children who visited it.

Purchase Links –
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Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus will be 99p until 22nd April.

Special Blitz offer: A free 3D bus which can be claimed via web site ‘Enquiry button using ref code JJay (

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Additional bus models and books also offered as a promotion on request.

My Review

My introduction for this book should have given you a good idea of HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK! I am not ashamed to admit that I love to read children’s books, not just for my boys…but for me too. I love to escape into a crazy, imagined world where anything is possible. I have always been a big believer in encouraging children to read and be interested in books. My boys love a good story, and especially ones which have them captivated from the start.

Jay Jay, the Supersonic Bus was a wonderful story, which had heart. It told the lovely story of a bus from a scrapyard, who was made useful again. The story was lovely and we as a family, rooted for Jay Jay and we were fascinated by his character. My boys listened intently as I read each page to them and were left satisfied and pleased when we got the final page. My youngest asked if there were more books with Jay Jay in and I was so happy to tell him that there were. 🙂

Brilliant writing! Brilliant Story! Great read for children!

My Conclusion

My boys loved it! I loved it! We as a family loved it! This childrens book ticked all the boxes for me. Definately recommend this to all of my readers!

Rating – 5 out of 5

GIVEAWAY to Win Jay-Jay and the Island Adventure (UK Only)

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*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Thanks all for taking the time to read this post!

S x

#Blogtour – The Worth of a Penny by Jess B. Moore

Blogtour – Sunday 14th April

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Happy Sunday Greetings Guys! Thanks for stopping by. This, my dears, is my stop on the fantastic blog tour for The Worth of a Penny, by Jess B. Moore. And what a story this was! I was blown away by the read and I am so very eager to share it with you (no spoilers though, of course)

Big thanks, as always, must got to the wonderful blog host and the author for sharing this story with me, so that I can share it with you guys, my followers. 😀

This tour wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful host and author.

Rachel Random Resources –

and the fantastic writer, Jess B. Moore –

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I am always a big fan of an attention grabbing front cover, something that intrigues the reader from the very first glance, and by golly does this book do that. It reeled me in from the first page. I pored over each page quickly and sunk into the story, immersing myself entirely into Penny’s world….both the painful one she left behind and the one she comes to love.

Before I tell you more about this sweet, enjoyable romance, let me give you a bit more about the writer.

About the Author

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Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

Her novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love.

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About the Book

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Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.

Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?

Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.

Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.

My Review

One of the hardest things about writing a book review, is trying to hold back when it comes to telling my readers about the story I have read. I really want to tell you everything about this book, because it was wonderful from start to finish. I loved the character interaction and I enjoyed reading as Penny grew as a person.

The love story had me captivated from the start and I willed on the young couple as they experienced new feelings. My heart raced as they grew closer and closer. One of the things I loved so much was the connection the brothers had with one another; the author did so well with building up their bond and I felt the connections as I read greedily from the pages. I have always been a fan of romance, but this story ran deeper than that. It was written with charm and tenderness; I found the words oozed easily from the book and it flowed wonderfully.

Although a standalone story, this was part of a series, and I will be CERTAINLY going back to read the previous ones.


If you are looking for the perfect holiday read this year, look no further than this one! Perfect read for those lazy days! Give this one a whirl! You wont regret it!

Rating – 4 out of 5 stars!

Thanks for reading.


S x


#Blogtour – Island in the Sun by Janice Horton

#Blogtour – Thursday 4th April

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Hi all

Welcome to my stop on this charismatic novel set in the sunny, beachy climates of the Caribbean. The story was wonderfully written from start to finish and I could almost feel the suns hot rays on my skin and the sand between my toes. The story was intriguing from the start and it kept me reading; I was eager to read more into Isla’s story.

Special thanks as always should go to the people who invited me onto this tour.

Our wonderful blog host – Rachel –

And Author – Janice Horton –

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Isla’s story kept me guessing and I was entertained from the first page to the last.

About the Author

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Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

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About the Book

When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

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My Review

I am a sucker for a captivating, romance read and this story held me captive from the very first pages. I was intrigued by the mysterious story and I pored the pages enthusiastically as I delved deeper into the story and the characters within.

Isla has been left Pearl Island, by her Aunt Kate, following her death. What she gets is more than bricks, mortar and masses of sun. What she finds are answers to secrets that run deep through her aunts history, entwining her own past and present. The story was written brilliantly and I loved that we saw more into the past, it helped us to understand Kate a lot more. I loved the character interactions, especially between Isla and Leo…I felt Isla’s attraction towards him. The sleeveless vests, his muscled arms, his tanned skin, his pale green eyes; I read with keen interest as Isla got closer to her teen love, but obviously the path of true love never does run smoothly.

This was one of the first books that I have read by Janice, but it wont be one of my last. I loved how it was written, the style was perfect and it flowed wonderfully! Brilliant story, brilliant setting and brilliant characters! One to Read!


If you haven’t read anything by this talented author yet, I suggest you look her up. This book was brilliant from start to finish and one that I would highly recommend. 

Rating – 4 out of 5

If you like my review and would like to find out more about this book, why not check out the other blog posts from these bloggers who are on this tour.

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Thanks for reading all

S x



#Blogtour – Mr One Night Stand by Rachael Stewart

#Blogtour Stop – Thursday 28th March 


Mr One-Night Stand

Hi all,

Welcome to my stop on this fantastically HOT story.

I am not a stranger to Rachael Stewarts work, but oh my! She may have just outdone herself with this little beauty! The sexual tension oozed off of the pages, and I felt the rush as I read deeper into this intoxicating tale.

Rachael sure has got a wonderful way with words, and I lapped up every single one as I read the burning desire of our main characters.

Let me introduce you to…


BIG thanks go to the wonderful ladies who have invited me onto this tour;

Our wonderful, Blog Host – Rachel of Rachels Random Resources –

and the lady who brought us this heart-racing book, the author,

Rachael Stewart –

The cover alone drew me in…Instantly I wanted to read this story and delve deep into the character interaction. I like a story that packs a sexy punch, and my gosh, this book does it.


Before I tell you more about this book, let me introduce you to the author.

About the Author

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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About the Book


One night only.

Just think of the possibilities…

The second she sees Mr Oh-So-Delicious, Jennifer Hayes knows she needs one night of crazy. No names, no strings, no rules. Except that Jennifer’s naughty one-nighter is actually Marcus Wright—her new business partner! Now they’re mixing business with all kinds of pleasure. But when it comes to falling in love her sexy Mr Wright is either Mr Wrong or the best mistake of her life…

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My Review

What did I like about this book?


It was sexy! It was erotic! It was dramatic! And it was a real page turner from beginning to end! I could not get enough of the delicious chemistry that was pouring from the pages. The wording was brilliantly done and I found myself biting my lip as I read through the sexy encounters of our two main characters.

Marcus was a tough-nut, business man who was more interested in work than any emotional connections.

Jennifer was much the same; a lady with a killer pair of legs but who was also powerful in business. Both were keen to work hard and build their reputations; neither wanting to incorporate the difficulties of a romantic relationship into their lives.

And then they met….the attraction was instant and they felt ‘Lust at first sight’.

Nobody said that they couldn’t have fun, right? What happens next is a whirlwind of sexual desire and erotic moments which had me breathless. The pace is perfect and I never found myself wanting. The whole story was enjoyable to read and I found myself rooting for the Marcus and Jennifer as they wove deeper into one another’s lives.

Brilliant writing! Brilliant story! Perfect for anyone who loves Mills and Boons style books! Just beware, this book will turn the heat up!!


I have read books by Rachael Stewart in the past and she never disappoints. This is a fantastic, sexy read. It was difficult to put down. I look forward to reading more of Rachael’s work in the future.

Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Fancy winning yourself you own copy of ‘Mr One Night Stand’?

Look no further. Go on over and enter this competition to win! Gotta be in it to win it, right?

Giveaway – Win an e-copy of Mr. One Night Stand by Rachael Stewart (Open Internationally)
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If you liked my review and would like to hear more reviews about this book, go on over and check out the other book bloggers in this tour!

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