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Hello and welcome to my new blog.

For those of you who don’t know, I used to run the successful blog Babydolls and Razorblades. That blog had unfortunatley disbanded at the end of 2020, this was a decision I didn’t take lightly but felt was the right choice as it featured things that are no longer relevant to me.

I ‘ve always said my blogs would feature things that I enjoy Babydolls and Razorblades didn’t feel like me anymore, so here we are. A nice, shiny new blog and new name that I think is more suiting and more appropriate (at least it doesn’t sound like a porn site).

This new blog will be Jolene’s Book Corner (obviously). It will include around 10 reviews a month and a monthly round up that may or may not include a video.

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Book Review: The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May

Blurb

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…

Review

I have previously enjoyed May’s other works but I made the mistake of reading the follow up to The Cocktail Bar first so I had to go back and read this one. I found it to be a well written, fun and entertaining read, that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Author’s Bio

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. She grew up in Somerset on Glastonbury’s ley lines and loves to feature her quirky English hometown in her stories.

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her romcoms.

Isabella is also a Level 4 Pranic Healer and a stillbirth mum.

You can follow her Foodie Romance Journey series at the following hang-outs:www.isabellamayauthor.comTwitter – @IsabellaMayBksInstagram – @isabella_may_authorFacebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Book Review:Hunter’s Rules by Val Penny @valeriepenny @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Hunter’s Rules by Val Penny

Blurb

When best-laid plans go awry…

Hunter and Meera’s romantic plans come to an abrupt end when they stumble into the scene of a crime.

A young woman was attacked in a hotel lift. She has traumatic injuries, but she clings to life. Hunter notes that her wounds are like those inflicted on two other women, who died from their ordeal.

Can Meera keep the injured woman alive long enough for her to identify the assailant? Is the same person responsible for all three crimes?

When Hunter is identified as a suspect, can he establish his innocence and lead his team to solve the crime and keep Edinburgh safe?

Review

Val Penny certainly doesn’t hold back, she brings you straight into the gripping action, which, if I’m honest, I really wasn’t expecting that.

This was such an incredible read and completely captivating from start to finish. I must read for any crime fans, highly recommend this series.

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Authors Bio

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer.

However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke.

Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.

Book Review:A Cosy Countryside Christmas by Eliza J Scott @ElizaJScott1 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review A Cosy Countryside Christmas by Eliza J Scott

Blurb

Ella Welford’s done with love. After having her fingers burnt, she’s been resolutely single for the last year and has sworn to stay that way.

Joss Campion’s still reeling from a messy divorce and has vowed never to open his heart to love again.

Growing up in the picturesque village of Lytell Stangdale, with the North Yorkshire Moors as their playground, Joss and Ella were best friends. The pair were inseparable.

Until the day something happened to ruin their friendship and Joss moved away.

An urgent telephone call summons Joss back to the village. His father’s been rushed to hospital and he’s needed to run the farm. When he returns, with his loyal canine companion, Sid, in tow, it isn’t long before he realises things aren’t as they seem. Why is his brother, Rich, being so evasive? And why does he get the impression the farm’s in trouble?

Teaching Assistant, Ella, has just broken up for the Christmas holidays and is looking forward to spending more time on her parents’ farm, tending her variety of rescue animals and recharging her batteries.

It isn’t long before the pair run into one another and sparks of attraction begin to fly – not that either of them will admit to it. But, just before Christmas, they find themselves thrown together in an unexpected turn of events as a fierce snow blizzard rages around them.

Could this be the moment that changes everything? Or is their past too big to ignore?

One thing’s for certain, life’s never dull in this little corner of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Join Ella and Joss – and all the usual Lytell Stangdale characters – for a heartwarming festive read

Review

What a thoroughly enjoyable read A Cosy Countryside Christmas was. I enjoyed how the author switched between characters without confusing the reader.

I particularly enjoyed the two main characters, Ella and Joss, and I loved seeing their relationship develop over the course of the book.

I was hooked from the start and couldn’t put it down. It was yet another excellent offering from Eliza J Scott and her Life on the Moors series. It was the perfect book to begin the festive reading with.

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Authors Bio

Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.

Eliza’s novels will always have happy endings.

Book Review: The Babysitter by Gemma Rogers @GemmaRogers79 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Babysitter by Gemma Rogers

Blurb

Ali and Christopher Tolfrey’s one year old daughter Eden is abducted whilst in the care of Ali’s best-friend.

Snatched in broad daylight from Bushy Park on a trip to the swings, Eden disappears without a trace.

Brooke Simmons, regains consciousness, dazed from a blow to the head, to find Eden, her best friend’s child is missing.Someone has taken Eden and Brooke knows who.

But it’s a secret she can’t share with Ali or the Police without revealing the web of deceit she’s spun.

Can Brooke get Eden home before her lies come back to haunt her? Or is the net closing in on her?

Review

This was yet another captivating book from Gemma. It’s had me hooked from the start with plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing what was going to happen. The characters were great and at times likeable. The plot was well written and thought out. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gemma’s latest release.

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Authors Bio

Gemma Rogers was inspired to write gritty thrillers by a traumatic event in her own life nearly twenty years ago. Her debut novel Stalker was published in September 2019 and marked the beginning of a new writing career. Gemma lives in West Sussex with her husband, two daughters and bulldog Buster.

Book Review: Welcome to Ferry Lane Market by Nicola May @nicolamay1 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Welcome to Ferry Lane Market by Nicola May

Blurb

Although thirty-three-year-old Kara Moon loves her hometown of Hartmouth in Cornwall, she has always wondered if she should have followed her dream of going off to study floristry. But she couldn’t bring herself to abandon her emotionally delicate single father, and has worked on Ferry Lane Market’s flower stall ever since leaving school.

When her good-for-nothing boyfriend cheats on her and steals her life savings, she finally dumps him and rents out her spare room as an Airbnb. Gossip flies around the town as Kara welcomes a series of foreign guests to her flat overlooking the estuary.

Then an anonymous postcard arrives, along with a plane ticket to New York. And there begins the first of three trips of a lifetime, during which she will learn important lessons about herself, her life and what she wants from it – and perhaps find love along the way.

Review

I absolutely adored Nicola May’s other series so I was overjoyed when I found out she would be creating a new series. I couldn’t wait to get stuck into Book 1 and it most certainly did not disappoint. The story was absolutely fantastic and had me gripped from the start. I loved the characters. This is going to be another great series from May. I look forward to reading the next installment.

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5/5

Authors Bio

Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of a dozen romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. Two of them won awards at the Festival of Romance, and another was named ebook of the week in The Sun.
The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK, across all genres, in January 2019. Christmas in Cockleberry Bay, the fourth in the Cockleberry Bay series is OUT NOW! Welcome to Ferry Lane Market, book 1 of her forthcoming trilogy is out July 2021.

Book Review: No Place Like Home by Lynda Stacey @LyndaStacey @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review No Place Like Home by Lynda Stacey

Blurb

Sisters Molly and Beth Winters thought the remote clifftop house would be the perfect place to hide away after their mother’s brutal murder. They were wrong….

He wants revenge…

Because someone from the girls’ past has already found their safe house and he is watching and waiting in the shadows ready to make them pay.

He won’t stop until you’re dead…

Their new home should have been the place the sisters were safe.

But no place is safe forever.

A gripping new thriller from Lynda Stacey guaranteed to keep you up all night!

Review

What an incredibly gripping read this was. I couldn’t put it down. It was a perfectly written psychological thriller with plenty of twists that kept me guessing throughout. The characters were superb, some were rather likeable while others not so much.

I have enjoyed the previous books I’ve read by Lynda and her latest offering was just as enjoyable. I highly recommend.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Lynda, grew up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She works full time as well as being an author and is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 28 years.Over the past 30 years she’s often worked two jobs and has also been a nurse, a model (in her much younger days), an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage.

Following a life changing car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots.

After joining the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme, Lynda’s debut novel ‘House of Secrets’ won the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition in 2015. She’s previously published five books, her sixth book ‘No Place Like Home’ will be brought out in July 2021, with her new publisher Boldwood Books.

She currently lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 25 years.

Book Review: Bubblegum and Blazers by Isabella May @IsabellaMayBks @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Bubblegum and Blazers by Isabella May

Blurb

When Ali, Blake, Charlotte, and Grant sign contracts to star in a Back to School reality TV show, LOVE is the very last thing on their minds:

Ali flies to the UK from New Zealand, intrigued by the golden opportunity to advance her amateur social media influencer career.

Blake carpe diems the moment with both hands after a constant flurry of bad luck.

Charlotte jumps at the chance to relive her sporting glories of the past – and take a hiatus from her humdrum marriage.

And Grant is just relieved to get away from his failing second-hand music shop.

But once the advances hit their bank accounts, it soon becomes apparent that producer Jock’s Pied Piper-style offer to change their lives is distinctly lacking in sherbet fizz!

In fact, the only sweet thing about this gig for the former students and the rest of their Bubblegum and Blazers competitors, may just be the packet of candy in their pockets.

Re-enacting their past is a roller coaster of revelations, retaliation, and unlikely romance in a goldfish bowl of mayhem where Raphael (agony uncle of the school sweet shop) and his rhubarb and custards reign supreme…

Review

After previously reading two of May’s books, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to her latest offering.

I found Bubblegum and Blazers to be a rather entertaining read with plenty of nostalgia to the nineties. It had me gripped from the start. The characters were well developed and likeable.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading her next offering.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.

Book Review: The Darlings by Angela Jackson #TheDarlings @AngelaJ @EyeAndLightning @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for giving me the chance to review The Darlings by Angela Jackson

Blurb

THE DARING NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE EMERGENCE OF JUDY TAYLOR

When Mark Darling is fifteen years old, he is the golden boy, captain of the school football team, admired by all who know him. Until he kills his best friend in a freak accident.

He spends the next decade drifting between the therapy couch and dead-end pursuits. Then along comes Sadie. A mender by nature, she tries her best to fix him, and has enough energy to carry them both through the next few years.

One evening, Mark bumps into an old schoolfriend, Ruby. She saw the accident first hand. He is pulled towards her by a force stronger than logic: the universal need to reconcile one’s childhood wounds. This is his chance to, once again, feel the enveloping warmth of unconditional love. But can he leave behind the woman who rescued him from the pit of despair, the wife he loves? His unborn child?

This is a story about how childhood experience can profoundly impact how we behave as adults. It’s a story about betrayal, infidelity and how we often blinker ourselves to see a version of the truth that is more palatable to us.

Review

This was such a wonderful read, a little unusual in how it was written from the adulterers side but I think that made it all the more intriguing.

The characters are fantastic, I didn’t even dislike Mark, the adulterer. I did adore Sadie and how strong she was in having to be the “grown up” all the time.

I thought how the author portrayed childhood trauma and how it can have an impact on someone’s life many, many years after the incident. I found The Darlings to be a wonderfully written novel that I would highly recommend.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Angela Jackson is a former psychology lecturer and teacher trainer. Her debut novel The Emergence of Judy Taylor won the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award and was Waterstones’ Scottish Book of the Year. 

The Darlings is her second novel. 

Originally from the north of England, she now lives with her family in Edinburgh.

Book Review: One Good Lie by Jane Isaac @JaneIsaacAuthor @canelo_co @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for giving me the chance to review One Good Lie by Jane Isaac.

Blurb

Her sister’s boyfriend. Her worst nightmare.

On the night of her mother’s wake, Ewan kisses a shocked Ruby. They both agree to pretend that the kiss never happened – in fact, according to Ewan, no one even needs to know he walked Ruby home.

Because Ewan is seeing Ruby’s sister, Sophie. He’s been wonderful to Sophie, comforting her after her mother’s murder and taking care of her little kids, too. In short, he’s been the perfect boyfriend. This was just a stupid mistake.

But when Ruby learns of another woman’s murder close to Ewan’s route home on the night of the kiss, she fears that her lie has left her sister in terrible danger.

After all, how well do the sisters really know Ewan? How well do they know each other? And are they sure they know the truth about what really happened on the day their mother died?

Review

What a completely gripping and fascinating read One Good Lie was. Having read a few books by Jane previously, I was super excited to read her latest offering and it did not disappoint.

When an author changes genre you’re either going to love it or hate, it’s safe to say I loved Jane’s first Psychological thriller offering. was hooked from the start. I loved the characters and how the story unfolded. This was yet another gem from Jane. Highly recommend.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter and dogs.

Jane is author of three bestselling detective series: DCI Helen Lavery, DI Will Jackman (based in Stratford upon Avon), and DC Beth Chamberlain (a Family Liaison Officer). Her novels have been nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards’ and selected as ‘Thriller of the Month’ by E-thriller.com.

2021 sees Jane’s first foray into psychological suspense with the release of One Good Lie in June. A further psychological suspense novel will follow in 2022, along with a new DCI Helen Lavery book.

Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. You can reach her via her website at http://www.janeisaac.co.uk where you can join her Readers’ Club for information on new releases.

Book Review: The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler @jackiekabler @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler

Blurb

A mother who disappeared…

When Beth was 10 years old, her beautiful, wild mother Alice disappeared. Beth’s life since hasn’t always been easy, but now she’s settled, with a successful career, a loving family and a beautiful home.

An unexpected visitor…

Then one day there’s a knock at the door. Alice has returned. Desperate to rebuild their relationship, Beth invites her mother to move in.

A life that comes crashing down…

At first, everything is wonderful. But then Beth’s friends start to drift away, strange things happen at home, and rumours about Beth begin to circle. Someone is out to destroy Beth’s newfound happiness. But who? And how far will they go?

Review

I’ve read a few book by Jackie and none of them have disappointed, The Happy Family is yet another superb read.

It had an excellent story line with characters that are highly believable. I was thoroughly gripped from the start, so much so I didn’t want the book to end especially with the unexpected twist.

I highly recommend reading Jackie’s books.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Jackie Kabler was born in Coventry but spent much of her childhood in Ireland. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then as a television news correspondent for twenty years, spending nearly a decade on GMTV followed by stints with ITN and BBC News. During that time, she covered major stories around the world including the Kosovo crisis, the impeachment of President Clinton, the Asian tsunami, famine in Ethiopia, the Soham murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jackie now divides her time between crime writing and working as a presenter on shopping channel QVC. She has a degree in zoology from Trinity College Dublin, runs long distances for fun and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.
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