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Wednesday Light at the End of the Tunnel: Signs You Might Need a Break from Blogging for the Sake of your Sanity!

It’s been two years and eleven months since I launched Chocolate’n’Waffles (applause). During this period, I took two complete breaks; the first in July 2016 after having blogged intensively for six months, and the other earlier this year.

Did I feel guilty? Yes.

Did it do any good? Yes!

Is it okay to put your blog on the side for a while? Why the hell not?

Your blog, your rules! And sometimes, it might be the best decision you can take for you and your corner of the Internet…

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Pick and Choose: She Chose Me by Tracey Emerson @TraceyJEmerson @Legend_Press #SheChoseMe @CBrotherstone

Happy Monday everyone! I am so excited to kick off the week with a wonderful book. I have been lucky recently with my reads but this one is special and I only needed one sitting to finish it! That’s just how good it is!

I received an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is my thank you to the Legend Press team!

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Title: She Chose Me
Author: Tracey Emerson
Date of publication: 15th October 2018
Publisher: Legend Press
Format: e-copy

Not having a child can change your life as much as having one.’ 

Grace has returned to London after twenty years abroad to manage her dying mother’s affairs. When she receives a blank Mother’s Day card in the post, she is confused and unsettled. Who could have sent it to her and why? She isn’t a mother.

Another Mother’s Day card arrives. Then come the silent phone calls. Haunted by disturbing flashbacks, Grace starts to unravel. Someone is out to get her. Someone who knows what she has done. Someone who will make her face the past she has run from for so long.

Emerson creates an intricate web in this intense psychological thriller whose high energy and fast-pace will have you racing towards the climactic conclusion.

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Lazy Saturday Review: And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott @Wildfirebks @ThePigeonholeHQ

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From LipsyyI started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

Some author names never leave your timeline and keep you curious. I had been hearing about Rachel Abbott forever but had never taken the leap and check her novels. Silly me!

  Then I got lucky because the wonderful team at The Pigeonhole gave me the opportunity to discover the author and her latest novel!

and so it beginsTitle: And So It Begins
Author: Rachel Abbott
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: Wildfire
Format: e-copy via The Pigeonhole website

So this is how it ends. It is clear to me now: one of us has to die.

Mark and Evie had a whirlwind romance. Evie brought Mark back to life after the sudden death of his first wife. Cleo, Mark’s sister, knows she should be happy for him. But Cleo doesn’t trust Evie…

When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.

Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As Evie stands trial, the jury is forced to consider – is there ever a proper defence for murder?

And So It Begins is a darkly compulsive psychological thriller with all the hallmarks of a Rachel Abbott bestseller – a provocative dilemma, richly-layered mystery, knife-edge tension, and brilliant characterization.

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Hymne au livre à Gradignan: Lire en Poche édition 2018! @ed_lamartiniere @ActesSud @EditionsPoints @ragnarjo @Victordelarbol @anneetarnaud @LireenPoche

Un peu d’histoire…

Un jour d’octobre 2017, j’assistais à ma première édition de Lire en Poche, festival bondé et très intéressant avec ma promotion du pôle Métiers du Livre de L’IUT de Bordeaux… De bons souvenirs, un peu de timidité, et une belle rencontre, Monsieur Stéphane Marsan!

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Il y a quelques semaines, dans un petit pub de Stirling pendant le festival écossais Bloody Scotland, je me suis retrouvée devant un grand nom du polar islandais… Ragnar Jónasson! (ps: merci à mes amies pour cette rencontre!) Petit moment de fangirlism, petite discussion, chanson en islandais, bref, j’étais sous le charme de ses livres depuis longtemps et j’ai découvert un homme gentil et très intelligent!

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Deux auteurs géniaux et une blogueuse après une grosse journée!

Ce soir la, j’ai également découvert que Lire en Poche 2018 réservait de belles surprises…

Oui, parce que je suis coupable. Lectrice invétérée, je nage dans les eaux anglaises depuis si longtemps que j’ai délaissé mon pays et ma langue. On ne m’y reprendra plus!

Quelques jours plus tard, une fabuleuse amie et collègue de la librairie Mollat me proposait un petit panel cosy en companie d’un auteur dont j’avais vendu le livre sans l’avoir encore lu… Víctor del Árbol.

L’Espagne et l’Islande, deux en un, ici chez moi, en Gironde? Je dis OUI!

C’est donc avec excitation que j’ai décidé de faire de Lire en Poche 2018 mon premier festival français en tant que blogueuse et diplômée en édition!

Visitez le site pour savoir ce qu’il s’y passait! Ici!

Et cliquez sur ‘read more’ pour connaître mon aventure 2018 à Gradignan!

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Toxic Blood: Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt @writermels @avonbooksuk

A bit late but I am hoping to do this novel justice… Hush Hush now!

Thank you to the lovely Avon team for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. This review is unbiased.

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Title: Hush Hush
Author: Mel Sherratt
Date of publication:  2018
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 385

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

An unforgettable thriller that fans of MARTINA COLE and won’t be able to put down.

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Ready for the Lie Detector: The Righteous Spy by Merle Nygate @MerleNygate @Verve_Books

It’s not every day that you are invited to take part in the launch of a digital publisher. I am proud, honored, and so happy to feature The Righteous Spy, the first novel by the wonderful Verve Books team, on Chocolate’n’Waffles today. Thank you for providing me with a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for letting me share your steps into this great book world, and congratulations!

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Title: The Righteous Spy
Author: Merle Nygate
Date of publication: October 2018
Publisher: Verve Books
Format: e-copy

WINNER OF THE 2017 LITTLE BROWN / UEA CRIME FICTION AWARD

Innocent lives are at risk. But who is the real enemy…?

Eli Amiran is Mossad’s star spy runner and the man responsible for bringing unparalleled intelligence to the Israeli agency. Now, he’s leading an audacious operation in the UK that feeds his ambition but threatens his conscience.

The British and the Americans have intel Mossad desperately need. To force MI6 and the CIA into sharing their priceless information, Eli and his maverick colleague Rafi undertake a risky mission to trick their allies: faking a terrorist plot on British soil.

But in the world of espionage, the game is treacherous, opaque and deadly…

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Killer Read on Every Level: Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #KimStoneSeries

Massive book hangover alert. I am in love with Angela Marsons. My heart might not recover and I couldn’t help but share some thoughts on Twitter as I was reading. I am not over this book, and I don’t want to!

Happy publication day, Angela!

A massive thank you to Bookouture for providing me with an e-copy of this brilliant novel and my biggest thanks to Angela Marsons for feeding my crime fiction love. This review is unbiased but filled with fangirlism because #TeamKimStone!

fatal promiseTitle: Fatal Promise
Author: Angela Marsons
Date of publication:  TODAY! 19th October 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 388
All the stars

Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident.

Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.

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Open Your History Book to Page 171, No, Just Kidding: Bognor and other Regises by Caroline Taggart @CiTaggart #Extract @midaspr

Happy Thursday!
Today, we get something different. Something fun, something out of my comfort zone, something you might enjoy!

Today I’m proud to share an extract with you!

I would like to thank the publisher and Midas for inviting me to share a bit of this book with you! Let’s jump through time!

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