Blog Tour & Giveaway | The Spitfire Girl In The Skies by Fenellla J Miller

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Released on the 2nd of April 2019, The Spitfire Girl In The Skies by Fenella J Miller is a fantastic tale of an incredible girl going above and beyond during World War II. This is the second Spitfire Girl novel from bestselling author Fenella J Miller.

Today I’m giving away an eBook each to three winners and telling you more about the book as it is my stop on the blog tour. So let’s find out a little more about the book.

About The Book

The ATA training base, Hampshire, 1940

Ellie Simpson is attached to an Air Transport Auxiliary base in Hampshire. Life as an ATA pilot is tough, but despite the long hours and danger, Ellie can think of nowhere she’d rather be.

Not only does she love flying, but doing important war work, alongside new-found friends, provides a welcome distraction from worrying about loved ones fighting on the front line.

Being an ATA girl is definitely exciting, but as Ellie soon finds out wearing the distinctive blue uniform also means putting her life on the line every time she takes to the skies. It will take friendship and a strength she didn’t know she possessed to help her county – and those she loves – to survive.

About The Author

Fenella J Miller was born in the Isle of Man. Her father was a Yorkshire man and her mother the daughter of a Rajah. She has worked as a nanny, cleaner, field worker, hotelier, chef, secondary and primary teacher and is now a full time writer. She has over thirty eight Regency romantic adventures published plus four Jane Austen variations, three Victorian sagas and seven WW2 family sagas. She lives in a pretty, riverside village in Essex with her husband and British Shorthair cat. She has two adult children and three grandchildren.


If you can’t wait to see if you win a copy of the eBook, then you can buy the book here {affiliate link}. Otherwise, just fill in the Gleam widget below. This is a UK only giveaway and ends at 23.59pm on 26th of April 2019.


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My 2019 Reading Challenge | Books 6-10

Some books mentioned here were sent for review – their full reviews will be linked and disclosed as such. This post contains affiliate links.

After posting about books 1-5 of 2019, reading slowed down a little although I am now here with books 6-10 – I’m currently on book 11 so just one book away from completing my Goodreads challenge, yay! Like the first five books I read, I thought I’d talk about the next five some more.

The Perfect Child by Lucinda Kelly – 5/5

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This is a book that I’ve recommended to many, many people. The subject matter is a little hard hitting at times and I did find myself guessing certain things but just when you think you have it all figured out, BAM! the author brings in another twist. The book was shocking, gripping, emotional and all things in between and I can’t wait to read more from this author. Apparently there is also a sequel coming – I’m quite intrigued to see where the story can go from this! You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Brave by Rose McGowan – 5/5 (Copy sent for review)

You can read my full review of this book here but I shall also include a brief review here. This was a fascinating read – all about Rose’s life from childhood to now. You learn all about her childhood in a cult, the beginnings of her career, her relationships and of course, events that kick started the #MeToo movement. Rose is a truly inspirational woman and I think this is definitely worth a read. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis – 4/5 (Copy sent for review)

I’ve written a full review here but this was a really interesting read, full of anecdotes from the author’s own life and how she has developed her business into the success that it is today. As someone who loves setting goals and striving to achieve them, this was a really interesting read. You can buy the book here {affiliate link}.

First Rhyme Mom by Leanne Stoneley – 5/5 (Copy sent for review)

I’ve written a full review here of this book – the first collection of poetry that I have read in a really long time. I could really relate to the subject matter and found some of them emotional and some of them humourous. Leanne really captures motherhood as a whole. You can buy the book here {affiliate link}.

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh – 4/5

Screenshot taken from my GoodReads app

I decided to read this after seeing Kirsty mention it on her blog. This was a fairly gripping read – although I did find it a little heavy going at some points. The author really leads you in one direction and then snatches the rug out from underneath you with the big reveal – or should I say reveals. If you love thrillers, this is definitely one you should try. You can buy the book here {affiliate link}.

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The Perfect Recipe by Keeley Holmes | Cover Reveal

Today I am sharing the cover of The Perfect Recipe by Keeley Holmes, the first book in the Three Sisters trilogy.


Norah Fox is the proud owner of Three Sisters Bakery. To those who don’t know her, she’s a happy, successful businesswoman. She’s created the idyllic life for herself, but appearances are very deceiving; and Norah can’t forget her past. How can she when the name of her business reminds her of the sisters she lost at the age of nine?

Ben Woods has the perfect life. A gorgeous fiancée, great friends, and a job he worked hard to get. Things couldn’t get any better…until things go very wrong. He’s only just caught his breath when he has to go all ‘Superman’ and save a woman from a madman in a pub.

Luck may have brought them together, but will a change in luck help Norah find out what really happened to her sisters? And can it help Ben to move on from his past?

Fate has given them both a tough ride, but will finding each other bring the new start they both need?

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First Rhyme Mom by Leanne Stoneley | Review

I was gifted a copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own honest opinion.

I don’t read much poetry anymore. When I was younger, especially when studying English Literature at GCSE and A-Level, I used to read poetry voraciously but I seem to have gotten out of the habit in recent years. When offered the chance to review a book of poetry about being a mother – deemed a poetic journey through pregnancy and early motherhood – I had to agree. After all, it would be nice to read some poetry that I could actually relate to.

First Rhyme Mom {affiliate link} is Leanne’s first collection of poetry, with more to come. The poems contained within are inspired first hand by being a first time mom. The poems talk about the ups and downs, the thoughts and feelings that come with being a mother.

What I loved about this collection of poetry was that there were two sections: Inside and Outside. As you can imagine, one stands for pregnancy and the other for life after baby makes their way into the world. As a mum who has been through the birthing process twice now, the poem Scream really spoke to me. The poem Forty Weeks also really reminds me of the last few weeks of my pregnancy with Jack, just before I became a mum for the first time. I remember all those thoughts and feelings so well.

They say that nothing can prepare you for the rush of love you feel when you become a mum and that is so true, something Leanne has captured perfectly in her poems about the baby and it’s life on the outside. She doesn’t sugarcoat things – she tells it exactly as it is. Being a mother, especially in those early day, definitely isn’t easy by any means but the love you feel for your child is ever so hard to explain.

One of her most powerful is (Re)Birth – she only needed just a few lines to perfectly convey the point. Overall, I was very impressed with this collection of poetry and can’t wait to see the future poetry Leanne Stoneley puts out – I’ll definitely be buying it! I really enjoyed having poetry that I could relate to and that spoke to me.

Author BioImage and video hosting by TinyPicLeanne has worked as an English Language teacher for fifteen years and spent the majority of her twenties living in Japan and Spain, as well as in London, Birmingham and Leeds, UK. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Now in her mid-thirties, motherhood has taken her on a whole new adventure and is one she absolutely had to write about. Leanne now lives back in her home region of the West Midlands, UK, with her husband and daughter.

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis | Review

I was sent an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for the purpose of review. All thoughts are my own honest opinion. This post also contains affiliate links.

After being offered an ARC of Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, I was wondering if I should have read her previous book ‘Girl, Wash Your Face‘ {affiliate link}, especially as so many of my friends had been raving about it in real life and on social media. But I was reassured that wasn’t the case so began reading this book.

Described as a shame-free plan for embracing and achieving your goals, it sounded just like a book I needed. I’m always pushing myself and striving to achieve my goals but it is true that so many of us feel shame when trying to better ourselves which we really shouldn’t.

Written by #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author, business podcaster and motivational speaker Rachel Hollis, the book urges women to stop apologizing for their desires, hopes and dreams and instead to go after them. Rachel is a well known bestselling author and lifestyle influencer with a global social media fanbase in the millions and a loving family. I’d heard a little about her before starting this book but found out so much more during my time reading it.

I’ve never been one for self help books, I’ve never been one for non fiction in general but I have found myself leaning towards non fiction in recent months. I was excited to see if Rachel’s advice could help me in any way.

Something I loved about the book is that it was sectioned into different parts. For instance, Part 1 was Excuses To Let Go Of and it was separated into little ‘chapters’ which were titled Excuse 1, Excuse 2 etc. The book was formed in three parts – Part 1 which was, of course, Excuses To Let Go Of; Part 2 which was Behaviors To Adopt and Part 3 was Skills To Acquire. In each part, the author details the various excuses, behaviors and skills that people use and handily provides anecdotes from her own life where applicable to show that she knows what she is talking about.

What I really enjoyed in the book was that you can see how the author has grown over the years. She always knew she wanted a New York Times #1 bestseller but had to work for it and had to wait many years before finally achieving that goal. She also talks about her first TV appearance on local TV and her appearance on the Today show, something she’d aspired to be on for many years – it was eight years between these two TV appearances and had sent hundreds and hundreds of pitches for TV appearances in the meantime with only a handful accepted in that time. It goes to show that you should never stop working towards your goals, despite how long it may take to achieve them.

Since finishing the book, I have found myself going back to certain sections to remind myself when I am not feeling especially confident about my goals. I know that they are achievable and what to do to achieve them but sometimes find myself struggling and need a kick up the bum to get myself back into action. This book is the perfect tonic for this, reminding me that it is okay to falter and stumble sometimes – we all do it. It is important to get back ‘on the horse’ though, so to speak.

If you are a woman constantly working towards your goals who is in need of a little bit of motivation and inspiration, then Girl, Stop Apologizing {affiliate link} is definitely worth adding to your bookshelves. The author is like a best friend, reminding you of your worth and telling you about what she has experienced so you can bond. She’s letting you know that if she can do it, so can you – and I’m certainly going to keep trying.