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Blog Tour – ‘Mix Tape’ by Jane Sanderson ~ @annecater @TransworldBooks @SandersonJane

It is a real pleasure to be taking part in this blog tour today.  ‘Mix Tape’ is being published in hardback and as an eBook on the 23rd January 2020 by Bantam Press and will also be available in audiobook.

I would like to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to participate in this blog tour.  Thanks also to the publisher for my review copy.

I will tell you all in a minute what I thought about this book.  First though here’s the book blurb.


Book Blurb

We all remember the soundtrack to our first love. 

Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape. But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; she’d been the one to run away, after all.

Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past. For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her too-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind. And so begins a new mix tape.

Ali and Dan exchange songs across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…

Full of heartache and promises, joy and disappointment, Mix Tape asks the biggest question of them all: what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?

Packed with music – some old, some new –  and featuring playlists of songs you’ll want to discover for yourself.


My Review

I first want to mention the cover which I really like. It’s so cleverly designed with the tape from the cassette tape forming a man and woman. It instantly made me think of a music video I sometimes see on television.

I found ‘Mix Tape’ to be a very enjoyable read and I thought it to be beautifully written. It was really quite hard to put this book down. I was lost within the pages and didn’t want to find my way back. Music played a huge part in this story and I would say that’s what made it work.

Set in the past and present, this story takes you from Sheffield where Ali and Dan lived as children to Edinburgh, Adelaide and London. I loved reading about Australia and the wildlife there, especially the cockatoos. They are such lovely birds.

There were some really interesting characters in this story. I absolutely adored Sheila and Dora and thought they were such fun. They are the sort of people I wouldn’t mind spending time with.

Ali’s story was heart-breaking. Things could have been so very different for her, but circumstances meant she had to decide what to do quickly even if it meant leaving the people she loved behind. As it goes, she didn’t really have any choice in the matter.

It’s amazing to think that years later the mix tape Dan made still meant something to Ali. I loved how music brought them together once again together with the amazing power of Social Media.

‘Mix Tape’ is a story about love, loss, joy, grief and heartache. I think a number of people will be able to relate to it in one way or the other. You are sure to be left feeling nostalgic.

I look forward to more from this author.


‘Mix Tape’ can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK:-


The paperback version will be out on the 9th July 2020.


About Jane Sanderson

Jane Sanderson is a writer and journalist. She has worked as a producer for BBC Radio 4, first on the World at One, and then on Woman’s Hour. She lives with her husband and children in rural Herefordshire.

Jane has poured much her own story into this book; from the boyfriend who gifted her a mix tape introducing her to the likes of Van Morrison, to the carefully curated playlist (featured in the book) which includes songs that have helped to shape her life and pay homage to her own youth.



Website – http://janesanderson.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/SandersonJane

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4909104.Jane_Sanderson



Blog Tour – ‘Rewrite the Stars’ by Emma Heatherington ~ @fictionpubteam @emmalou13

I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour.  ‘Rewrite the Stars’ is Emma Heatherington’s new book and it was published in paperback on the 17th October 2019 by HarperCollins.  It is also available as an eBook and in audiobook.

I would like to thank the publisher for inviting me to participate in this tour and for my review copy along with the other treats.  You will find out in a minute what I thought about ‘Rewrite the Stars’.  First though here is the book blurb.


Book Blurb

From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go…

It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back…

The years pass and Charlie moves on with her life but she can never forget Tom. He’s always there whispering ‘What if?’.

Can Charlie leave the life she has built for one last chance with Tom?  Or is the one that got away not really the one at all…?


My Review

I can’t tell you just how much I loved ‘Rewrite the Stars’. It was a book I found extremely hard to put down, the sort where you are just tempted to stay on the sofa all day and forget about real life. If only I could! I thought the writing was absolutely exquisite. I really liked the author’s note at the beginning of the book, and I got the feeling from that that I would enjoy the story.

You would be forgiven for looking at the gorgeous cover and thinking that this is nothing more than a love story. In fact, ‘Rewrite the Stars’ is so much more than that. It has a lot of meaning to it and is very thought provoking. There’s definitely a message or two in there.

There were some truly unforgettable characters in this story who will stay with me for quite a long while. I absolutely loved Charlotte and was eager to see what path she decided to take. I found myself routing for her all the way and at one point I really wanted to cheer her on. I thought what she did was great, and I can’t say I blame her for doing it either. I also really liked Charlie’s family and the way they were all there for each other, a proper support network. Jack was lovely too and I think he brought out the best in Charlie. He was very encouraging.

I really liked how music played a big part throughout the story. I can’t play any musical instruments or anything like that, but music itself is very important to me and I just couldn’t imagine a life without it.

‘Rewrite the Stars’ is a must read. It looks at a number of issues including mental health, sexuality, family and love. I am look forward to more from this author.


‘Rewrite the Stars’ can be purchased from Amazon UK:-



About Emma Heatherington

Emma Heatherington is a bestselling author from Donaghmore, County Tyrone.

Her novels include the Amazon UK Top 10 bestseller and Amazon US hit, The Legacy of Lucy Harte, and A Part of Me and You, which reached the USA Kindle Top 100 and the UK Top 40.

Her latest novel, A Miracle on Hope Street is a heartwarming Christmas themed story of love, kindness and friendship.

As well as novels, Emma has written scripts for over 70 educational short films and plays and was ghostwriter for country legend Philomena Begley on her autobiography, My Life My Music My Memories (The O’Brien Press, 2017) and Nathan Carter’s life story, Born For The Road (Penguin Ireland) which was shortlisted for the An Póst Irish Book Awards 2018.

She also regularly contributes to the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life newspapers and has appeared on chat shows on RTE, TV3 and UTV.

Emma is a mum of five, aged from 23 to 4 years old and her partner is Irish artist and singer/songwriter Jim McKee.



Twitter – https://twitter.com/emmalou13

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/emmaheatheringtonwriter/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1245032.Emma_Heatherington

Blog Tour – ‘All Together Now’ by Gill Hornby

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‘All Together Now’ is Gill Hornby’s second novel.  It was published on the 2nd June 2016 by Abacus Books.  I am one of a number of book bloggers taking part in this blog tour.  Read on for my review.


Bridgeford is a small town in crisis.  The high street isn’t what it used to be what with businesses closing.  It seems to have lost its heart.  But there is one thing that might just bring the town together: music.  The Bridgeford Community Choir have a chance to win the county championship but they need more members.

Enter Tracey Leckford and Bennett Parker, two new recruits.  Tracey who sounds like a pop star is hiding a big secret.  Bennett is the perfect tenor but he is baffled by the modern world.  Both of them feel rather lost and alone.  Can Tracey and Bennett learn to work together, save the choir and maybe even their community?

One of the first things that attracted me to this book was the cover which I think is lovely.  I liked the sound of the story too although joining a choir is something I personally would never do as much as I enjoy music.  It just wouldn’t be my cup of tea.

I thought ‘All Together Now’ was beautifully written.  It’s about a small community coming together, trying to breathe some life back into their town.  Whether they actually succeed though is another thing.  It took me a while to get into the story and I felt it was a bit too slow at times, but later on it got really interesting.

There were lots of characters in this story, many of them facing their own personal battles.  The choir was a good way for them to get out and socialise with others.  Tracey was one of my favourites, as was Bennett.

‘All Together Now’ is a feel good, light-hearted and at times funny read.

I give this book 4 out of 5.


About Gill Hornby

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Gill Hornby is a writer and journalist. She lives with her husband, Robert Harris, and their four children in Kintbury, Berkshire. Her first novel, The Hive, was a top ten Sunday Times bestseller.


‘All Together Now’ is available from Amazon UK:-



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Drinks and Cake!

Happy Halloween

I hope you’ve all enjoyed yourselves so far.  There’s more to come but for now it’s time for a break.   Get yourselves some more drinks and help yourself to cake.  How about having a dance too!  🙂


Halloween Cake

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Lunch is Served!

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All this excitement must be making you hungry by now.

Here’s some yummy food!  Help yourselves to more drinks too and enjoy the music! 🙂

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Welcome To My Halloween Event

Happy Halloween

Welcome to my Halloween Event!

Help yourself to a drink.  There are plenty to choose from including Witchy Brew, Smoky Coffee and Hot Batty Chocolate.  There’s also alcohol available, but be aware that the words on the screen could start getting blurry before long.

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Now sit down and make yourselves comfortable.  You’re in for a day and night full of fun and lots of it too.  First though, lets start off with some music.





‘Friends & Rivals’ by Tilly Bagshawe

I was one of  the lucky people who was selected to read and review this book for Lovereading.co.uk.  ‘Friends & Rivals’, published today, is I’m sure going to be very popular.

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Tilly Bagshawe, so I was pleased to be given the opportunity to review it and of course to discover another author.  ‘Friends & Rivals’ throws you into the world of celebrities and all the fame, glamour and backstabbing that goes with it.

Catriona has been married to Ivan, her philandering husband, for twenty years.  She loves him passionately and even though he has had affairs in the past, she has forgiven him.

Ivan and Jack are partners of a successful music management company.  Jack sends Kendall who is a very promising young singer to the UK so that Ivan can help promote her there.  It doesn’t take long however for Jack to offer her a better contract and then to jump into bed with her.  Once the media get wind of the affair it becomes public knowledge, which leaves Catriona totally devastated.

Ava is an innocent seventeen-year-old who is thrown into the world of fame.  When she is pitted against Kendall, the whole world watches, waiting to see who will come out the winner.

I found this to be an extremely addictive read and I was left wanting more.  It was quite amusing seeing names of actual famous celebrities throughout.  My favourite characters were Catriona and Jack, although it was Kendall and Ivan who made the story really interesting.  If you’re after pure escapism, read this book.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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