BLOG TOUR & REVIEW – The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White

The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White
“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 behavior. 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.


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This is a great book and helped me understand the issues that OCD can cause someone. It helped me experience what the illness would be like and how it can reap someone into using repetitive behaviour because they need to do it to survive or to make sure others survive. 

Katie Mack works in art as an iron welder. Years before she gave up her child, husband and life because she thought she would harm her child.

Maisie is Katie’s daughter but she doesn’t know Katie is her mother. Maisie has all the love she needs from her father Callum and Jake who is her fathers best friend. But now her father has remarried and is expecting a baby and is now also showing signs of OCD just like her mum. 

Katie is reluctant to rock the boat but has no choice when Maisie shows the same issues she has, the story shows how they all have to work together to help their child whilst also helping themselves. 

Every character of the book has experienced trauma of so sort and are afraid to live and live life to the full. Barbara White is also and OCD suffer and you can tell she has done a lot of research and used her own personal experiences which makes the book more real. 

If you are interested in OCD and what a person experiences I would recommend this book. There is a good balance between suspense and hope in the book and shows that trauma doesn’t have to define your life. 

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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. (View the book trailer here: v=tLW9XFo0nlg&t=5s)
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: fbclid=IwAR08E-DQ73f31jWBP2uKlix-eFsV7OOSQk_pXfS4uX3kqgnuHkbtVeB1Wvc
To watch Barbara’s 2018 interview with Linda Hurtado on Fox 13, click here:
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COVER REVEAL – Singles, Set and Match by Elaine Spires

Singles, Set and Match

The fifth and final book in the Singles’ Series takes us to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza then back to the Caribbean island of Antigua, where it all began.  

After making a hard decision two years earlier Eve Mitchell has moved on with the hand that life has dealt her and she finds herself on the White Island working a tennis holiday.  While it isn’t a job she would have chosen, in her typical pragmatic way Eve gets on with it, working hard to ensure that her diverse group of singles, with their hopes, expectations character flaws and baggage, have the best time possible.  And as she binds together tennis sessions, social gatherings, meals and trips Eve hears some tragic personal news that brings her to another crossroads in her life.  Will she and the love of her life Melv finally make a life together and live happily ever after? 


Publication Date – 1st July 2019

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Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All TheWay and Singles At Sea.  Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series.  Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019.  Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019!  Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.


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COVER REVEAL – The First Lie by A.J Park

The First Lie

We’ve all had sleepless nights thinking about it.
You’re home alone. Someone breaks in.
In defending yourself, you end up killing the intruder.
Now you’re the one the police want.

That is the situation that criminal barrister Paul Reeve arrives home to find.
His wife Alice stands in the bedroom, clutching a bloodied letter opener in her shaking hand.

“What have you done, Alice?”
“I didn’t have a choice…”

We would all believe the person we love most.
But would we all make the same choice Paul and Alice make next…?


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After studying literature, linguistics and Spanish at university, AJ Park trained as an English teacher and actor. He has edited magazines and taught English, Media Studies and Drama in secondary schools in England. He was also a competitive fencer for seven years.


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BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW – Dear Jane by Allie Cresswell 

KATIE’S ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW:

Dear Jane: The final book in the Highbury Trilogy
By Allie Cresswell
5 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

This was a wonderful ending to a series that I have thoroughly enjoyed! I loved that the author picked up on things that were hinted about in the original story and expanded on them to create this new story. This, I think, has been my favourite book out of the trilogy. The story is beautifully written and is full of rich detail which enables you to fully imagine everything that you are reading. I think if you are a fan of Jane Austen’s Emma then this is definitely a series that you will enjoy. Ms Cresswell has brought to life some of the lesser known characters of the original story and given them their own voice, and I love that she has kept true to the writing style of Jane Austen. This really has been a wonderful series and Dear Jane was a fantastic final book in this trilogy. I would have no hesitation in recommending it and I am really looking forward to reading more from this author again in the future! 

Dear Jane

The final instalment of the Highbury trilogy, Dear Jane recounts events hinted at but never actually described in Jane Austen’s Emma; the formative childhood years of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill, their meeting in Weymouth and the agony of their secret engagement.
Orphaned Jane seems likely to be brought up in parochial Highbury until adoption by her papa’s old friend Colonel Campbell opens to her all the excitement and opportunities of London. Frank Weston is also transplanted from Highbury, adopted as heir to the wealthy Churchills and taken to their drear and inhospitable Yorkshire estate. Readers of Emma will be familiar with the conclusion of Jane and Frank’s story, but Dear Jane pulls back the veil which Jane Austen drew over its remainder.

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Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England. 

Dear Jane is her ninth novel.

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BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW – Culmfield Cuckoo by Celia Moore


When Billy reaches out to help, her kindness brings many changes which threaten hopes, homes, and even the people she loves the most.

Who is the Culmfield Cuckoo?

Will they help Billy get her life back? Or is the Cuckoo the cause of everything that is going wrong?

Who is telling the truth?

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KATIE’S ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW:

Culmfield Cuckoo
By Celia Moore
4 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

Culmfield Cuckoo is the second book in the Fox Halt series however it can easily be read as a standalone. I read it as part of the series and would probably recommend it is read in order. 
Like with book 1 I found Culmfield Cuckoo to be well written and an enjoyable read. The authors writing is really easy to read and her stories flow really well. The author balances romance and mystery throughout the story well and this makes for an entertaining and captivating read. 
I really liked the characters in the story, they were well thought out and planned. They are multi-layered characters who I think you need to read about for a while to get to understand them. I think the authors detailed writing allowed me to really understand the characters and their story. 
The author took her time to re-cap on events from the previous book at the beginning but without re-telling everything. It serves as good reminder but also great for readers who haven’t read the first book in the series! 
There were some good twists and turns in the story that made it less predictable than I anticipated! I really enjoyed Culmfield Cuckoo and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from Ms Moore again in the future! 

Celia Moore (1967-now) grew up on a small farm near Exeter. She had a successful career as a Chartered Surveyor working in the City of London before working her way back to Devon. In 2000, she left the office to start a new adventure as an outdoor instructor, teaching rock climbing and mountaineering. Today she gardens for a few lovely customers, runs and writes (accompanied at all times by a border terrier x jack russell called Tizzy). She is running the London Marathon in April 2019 for three cancer charities. 


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BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW – The Earl’s Runaway Governess By Catherine Tinley

The Earl’s Runaway Governess

Who knew living with an earl…

…would lead to such temptation?

Marianne Grant’s new identity as a governess is meant to keep her safe. But then she meets her new employer, Ash, Earl of Kingswood, and she immediately knows his handsome good looks are a danger of their own! Brusque on first meeting, Ash quickly shows his compassionate side. Yet Marianne doesn’t dare reveal the truth! Unless Ash really could be the safe haven she’s been looking for…

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KATIE’S ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW:

The Earl’s Runaway Governess
By Catherine Tinley 
5 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

I really enjoyed The Earl’s Runaway Governess – I thought that it was a fantastic 5 star read! This isn’t the first book that I have read by this author, I really love her writing. Everything about her stories fits the era in which she has set her stories. I do think that this is my favourite book of hers I have to say. I was captivated form the very beginning. I felt like I was on the journey with Marianne, I was willing her to escape and then I was willing her to find happiness. The way in which the author wrote the story made it seem so real, her vivid descriptions helped me to imagine what Marianne was going through. I could definitely imagine watching this as a period drama on television! I really liked Ash too and I knew that as soon he met Marianne sparks were going to fly between the two!! 
Overall a fantastic read that I highly recommend! I can’t wait to read more from Ms Tinley again in the future!!

Author Bio – 

Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. 

After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached at , as well as  and @CatherineTinley on twitter.

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Giveaway – Three winners will each receive a signed copyof The Earl’s Runaway Governess, plus a mystery book by another romance writer. (Open INT)

2 x UK winners and 1 x International Winner 

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The Disgraceful Lord Gray

A spy on a mission…Until he meets this heiress!

Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye… But after that first captivating kiss, she’s certainly left wanting more!

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Katie’s ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review:

The Disgraceful Lord Gray
(The King’s Elite #3)
By Virginia Heath
5 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

This is third book that I have read in this series and again I absolutely loved it! I loved the characters and the scorching heat between them. I really love this author’s writing; she never fails to grab my attention quite quickly when reading her stories. Her storylines are exciting and they have some great twists and turns. The Disgraceful Lord Gray is probably my favourite book out of this series!
I really loved Gray and quickly fell in love with him. He had suffered a real troubled past but there was just something about him. He was such a sweet and genuine person. 
Thea was a fantastic female lead – she is strong willed, bold, outspoken everything I love in a heroine! Although she was all of those things I also really felt for her with how she felt about the things that had happened in her past. 
I was really rooting for Gray and Thea the whole way through – I thought that they were perfect for each other! 
I absolutely cannot wait to read more from this author again in the future! 

Author Bio – 

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin Mills & Boon took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Giveaway – Win 3 x e-copies of The Disgraceful Lord Gray (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