Okay I know people are probably wondering what on earth I am writing about a Publisher for. Well if you want to know you need to read on.
I've been book Blogging and reviewing for nearly 7 years now, and around 3-4 years ago certain publishers would contact me asking me if I would like to read and review their titles to get in touch. Now people who are relatively new to Blogging are probably going through exactly the same now. To an avid reader, especially one that has a Blog, this can seem like all your dreams come true. However, what many people don't realise is that Publishing and the people that have to constantly promote can be fickle.
Many times I have been on Publishers lists and constantly bombarded with offers of Book Blog Tours and review copies, however one book and one tour does NOT guarantee that they remember you or even keep you updated. Me...I work full time AND run a business so am constantly catching up on emails, meaning some would slip through the net. Over time some publishers didn't bother emailing me back when I would inquire about authors or releases, and others just fobbed me off. With one exception....yep Bookouture.
Back in 2013 I received an email from a guy named Oliver Rhodes, who happens to be the MD and founder of Bookouture. He asked me if I wanted to read and review a book by an author called Nancy Barone, which I did. Since then it seems like love blossomed...between me and Bookoture, not me and Oliver I hasten to add:-) I read and reviewed that book and then shortly after I got chatting to Kim Nash, better known to me at the time as Kim The Bookworm.
What I didn't realise at the time was that she was also a Freelance Publicity Manager who was working in conjunction with Bookouture. Since then, I have read a good 80% of the authors who are published by them. I even gained a new online BFF in the form of the wonderful Sue Watson.
Today I started a book by one of their authors Holly Martin and literally just finished it....MAGNIFICENT! It got me thinking about Bookoture and how far they have come as a Publisher and they are always my first 'go to' on Net Galley and the like. Kim has been absolutely wonderful in helping us Bloggers by giving us auto approvals for books and not pressuring any of us. She has been an absolute Gem of a woman who works tirelessly it seems for ALL the authors, including what seems to be an ever growing list of them. Even though she ALWAYS forgets to share my Facebook posts I forgive her because I think she may be a Fairy Godmother in disguise!
Not only that, but Bookoture are seriously good at this. This year alone they have got some AWESOME authors and I think these bigger Publishing Houses need to watch their back, and also take a note out of their book. This little blog post was just my way of promoting them for a change. They seem to do all the work and never get anything back in return, so this is my way of saying a MASSIVE thank you to Bookouture, especially Kim for doing what they do best.
If you are interested in their authors you can find links to their website at the bottom, but to make life easy I will list their authors here and their relevant pages. Do yourself a favour and look them up as they have some serious talent going on over there.
I have taken the liberty of putting some of my most recent Reviews in here too.
A Sister's Promise by Renita D'Silva
Synopsis: Two sisters. Bound by blood. Torn apart by love. My sister - the glue that held our family together and the gatekeeper to the memories of our shared childhood. The girl I made a pact with - to protect each other for life. The woman who destroyed my family, my future. And the only one who can save my daughter. Set against the dramatic backdrop of India, A Sister's Promise is a powerful, emotional tale of family secrets, love and the ties that bind sisters together. 'Renita D'Silva is a genius at evoking the sounds, sights and aromas of India. See my review here
The French For Christmas by Fiona Valpy
Evie used to LOVE Christmas, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory. When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest ‘love interest’, leaving the country seems like the perfect plan. Armed with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness. And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour – the très gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her Tarte Tatin? With snow falling, a special Réveillon dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie’s heart? See my review here
Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams by Sue Watson
Laura Watkin’s heart isn’t broken, she’s just forgotten how to use it. After years on her own, the highlight of single mum Laura’s week is watching Strictly Come Dancing with a glass of Pinot Grigio and a large helping of imagination. With her daughter Sophie going travelling, Laura knows the time is right to do something for herself for a change. One disastrous Zumba class later and Laura ends up at the feet (literally) of gorgeous dance instructor Tony Hernandez. A natural dancer and inspiring teacher, Tony rekindles in Laura a passion she inherited from her ballroom dancer father – and with it comes a dream… to make him proud. But when Tony enters them to perform at the National Dance Festival, can Laura’s new-found confidence survive the test? And with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn Flamenco in Spain, could Laura truly learn to dance like nobody’s watching… and love like she’ll never get hurt? See my review here
Summer By The Sea by Jenny Hale
For Faith the one summer she can’t forget is when she fell in love as a teenager – only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved ninety-year-old Grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday – at their childhood beach house, where it all began. Faith hasn’t seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she’s not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan – the owner of the beach house – or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her. Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember? See my review here.
The Girls Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart
When new mum and events planner Julia Crawford is given the opportunity to plan three weddings, she jumps at the chance. What could possibly go wrong? Forget bridezilla, Aimee’s future mother-in-law is the stuff of nightmares – hell bent on taking over the wedding entirely. Worse still, her fiancé, Jon, seems oblivious. Aimee’s starting to wonder if she and her groom-to-be are right for each other after all. Body shy Debbie is on a mission. She’s determined to shed a lot of pounds before the big day. As the wedding inches closer, will the new Debbie lose sight of what’s really important? Gill loves Mike and their blended family of five kids to bits, but with a house full of teenage hormones and her eldest, Kelly, struggling with so much change, Gill is feeling the pressure. As the women bond over cake and a cuppa, can they each resolve their wedding woes before the big day? See my Review here.
Evil Games by Angie Marsons
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work. With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment. Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time - it’s personal. Read my review here.
Sophie Hart - Women's Fiction
Mary De Laszlo - Women's Fiction
Marcie Steel - Women's Fiction
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