As the Sun Breaks Through by Ellie Dean #BookReview #BlogTour

Cliffehaven, June 1944

As the planes continue to circle over Cliffehaven, Peggy Reilly’s sister Doris must seek refuge after a V-1 blast destroys her home. Rita, Sarah and the other residents at Beach View Boarding House quickly find their peace disturbed and it’s not long before even Peggy loses her patience. But with more bad news to come, will Doris finally be forced to swallow her pride?
Meanwhile Peggy’s father-in-law Ron Reilly is delighted when his sweetheart Rosie returns home. Until a heart-breaking confession suggests things may never be the same between them.
With loved ones scattered far and wide across the globe, and tensions running high, the end of the war feels somehow further than ever. And yet with the long-awaited Allied invasion in sight, a glimmer of light is starting to break through...

I'm delighted to be hosting the first stop on the blog tour for As the Sun Breaks Through by Ellie Dean today. Many thanks to the author and Becky McCarthy from Penguin Random Ho…

The Fighter by Michael Farris Smith #Giveaway #BlogTour

It's my pleasure to be hosting the blog tour for The Fighter by Michael Farris Smith today and I'm delighted to be able to offer UK readers the opportunity to win a paperback copy of the novel. Many thanks to the author, publishers and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, with a particular thank you to No Exit Press for providing the prize. Details on how to enter are below but first here's the description of The Fighter,

Jack Boucher, a former bare-knuckle fighter, has nothing more to give. In a single twisted night, he is derailed. Hijacked by a sleazy gambler out to settle a score, Jack loses the money that will clear his debt with the queen of Delta vice, Big Momma Sweet.
As Jack’s foster mother slowly dies, her mind eroded by dementia, so Jack finds his mind is failing too. Years of bare-knuckle fighting have taken their toll and recurrent concussion leaves him relying on painkillers and a notebook of names, separating friend from foe, to keep himself alive. Yet a saviour comes in the form of Annette, a tattooed carnival worker and free spirit, who guides him towards some sort of salvation. But the road to redemption is filled with danger and Jack is forced to step into the fighting pit one last time, with the stakes no less than life or death.
Farris Smith brings raw power and poetry to every sentence. Tense, evocative and full of violent beauty,
THE FIGHTER cements his place as one of the finest new writers in the American literary landscape. 

I can't wait to read it, particularly now I've seen some of the fabulous reviews from other bloggers on the tour. Details of the other stops are below so you can check them out too. Keep scrolling down for the ways to enter the giveaway!

The Fighter Giveaway

The Fighter will be published by No Exit Press on 29th March 2018 and can be pre-ordered here.

About the Author

MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH is a native Mississippian who has spent time living abroad in France and Switzerland. He is the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Author Award and has been awarded the
Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his essays have appeared with The New York Times, Catfish Alley, Deep South Magazine, and more. He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.


  1. Thanks for hosting the giveaway Karen x

  2. Think my dad would enjoy this book.

  3. Wonderful. That's a new author for me to discover.

  4. I'd really enjoy this book - good luck everyone :)


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