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Books in waiting

There are a few hundred books on my Kindle still awaiting my attention but I keep finding others by totally new-to-me authors from a variety of sources now, especially via NetGalley and a variety of publishers and blog tour organisers.  Some of the books are not published yet but I have been given access to advance reader copies (ARCs) of them so I can let you know what I think of them before they reach the shops! In many such cases I now schedule my blog about them to appear on or within a week of the date they are due to be published – hence sometimes you’ll find I post several reviews in one day and many book reviews are scheduled months in advance of to coincide with their publication date. Whatever the source, I will always give my very honest review.

If you are an author or publisher and you’d like me to read (or listen to the audiobook version) and give an honest review of a book, feel free to contact me and, if it appeals and time permits, I’ll give it a read and review! I do warn you, though, that I will be honest in my review and I currently have a large to be read pile so I tend to only agree to read ones I think I’ll thoroughly enjoy – life’s too short to spend time struggling to read something I’m not connecting to IMHO, sorry!

If you are a reader and have a particular favourite you think I’d like me to read and review, feel free to comment and let me know. I do have other books to read but will prioritise the NetGalley ones first and, if these get few in number, I’ll add others from my Kindle and book pile that are waiting in reserve!

Here is a list of blog tours and special posts scheduled to be posted in the next few months . . . . sorry but don’t be surprised if this isn’t totally up to date as I’ll only update this list when I remember! I no longer list all the books here that I have already read and reviewed, so there will be many additional ones that I just post the review for. None of the reviews will be available until the scheduled date. I try not to publish reviews too long before the book is available, so many reviews for books not featuring in a tour will be scheduled for their actual publication date over the next few weeks and months – just check my home page to read them. I  also add other reviews as I read other books (or listen to audiobooks)- but only if time permits and at the moment, as you’ll see, there are lots scheduled. Entries marked with tbc or ? are ones I’ve signed up for but not had my participation confirmed when I last updated the list! I also tend to use summaries on the ones that I haven’t read yet – so if you see BT that’s Blog Tour, R is Review, POB is a pre-order blitz (or POA Pre-order alert, depending on the tour organiser!) S is spotlight, GP Guest Post and AI Author Interview.


9 May BTR: Just Another Silly Love Song by Rich Amooi via Rachel’s RR
10 May BTR: A Shop Girl At Sea by Rachel Brimble via Rachel’s RR
11 May R: Lost Solace by Karl Drinkwater
12 May BTR: Josie James and The Teardrops of Summer and Josie James and The Velvet Knife by Lily Mae Walters via Rachel’s RR (2 MG Books)
R: Her Purrfect Match by Robyn Neeley via Tule
13 May BTR: Swipe Right by Stephie Chapman via Sarah Hardy/Hera Books
14 May S: Questions of Perspective by Daniel Maunz via Rachel’s RR
S: Always Been You by Lasairiona McMaster via Rachel’s RR
The Summer of Falling in Love via Rachel’s RR
CR: Winters’ Gift by Florence Keeling via Rachel’s RR
15 May BTR: The Little Village of New Starts by Donna Ashcroft via Bookouture (NH)
S: Blue Hollow by Cheryl Rees-Price via Rachel’s RR
CR: The Middle Aged Virgin in Italy by Olivia Spring via Rachel’s RR
16 May BTR: Sing Me A Secret by Julie Houston via Victoria Joss
BTR: The Secret of the Chateau by Kathleen McGurl. Is Rachel’s RR
17 May BTR:  Her Last Mistake by Carla Kovach via Bookouture (Noelle)
18 May R: Chasing Solace by Karl Drinkwater

CR: Heart and the City by Cecilia Fyre via Rachel’s RR

19 May AI: A Ration Book Wedding by Jean Fullerton via Rachel’s RR
BTR: When Darkness Begins by Tina O’Hailey via Rachel’s RR
R: Ambush before Sunrise by B.J. Daniels via Harlequin NG
20 May BTR: Secret Investigation by Elizabeth Heiter via Harlequin
21 May BTR: CLAIMED BY A STEELE by Brenda Jackson (Harlequin Desire) via HQN
22 May BTR: JoJo’s French Escape by Lorraine Wilson via Rachel’s RR
23 May An Implacable Woman via Rachel’s RR
BTE: Winters’ Gift by Florence Keeling via Rachel’s RR
BTR: The Plus One Pact by Portia MacIntosh via Rachel’s RR
24 May BTR: A Good Demon Is Hard to Find by Kate Moseman via Rachel’s RR
BTR: Up Close and Personal by Kathryn Freeman via Rachel’s RR
25 May BTR: TCD: 48 hour Lockdown by Carla Cassidy via Lisa Wray @Harlequin
26 May BTR: TCD: Secret Investigation by Elizabeth Heiter via Lisa Wray @Harlequin
27 May BTR: TCD: Midnight Abduction by Nichole Severn via Lisa Wray @Harlequin
BTR: A Cornish Summer Holiday at the Little Duck Pond Café via Rachel’s RR
AI with Cecilia Fyre author of Heart and the City via Rachel’s RR
28 May BTR: TCD: Running out of Time by Cindi Myers via Lisa Wray @Harlequin
29 May BTR: A HIDDEN HEIR TO REDEEM HIM by Dani Collins (Harlequin Presents) via HQN
30 May BTR: Ambushed Before Sunrise by BJ Daniels via Lisa Wray @Harlequin
31 May BTE: Forbidden Lust by Karen Booth via Lisa Wray @Harlequin (Early excerpt)
1 Jun BTR: Time Out by Emma Murray via Rachel’s RR
2 Jun BTR: Water’s Edge by Gregg Olsen via Bookouture (NH)
R: Deadly Connection by Lenora Worth via Harlequin
3 Jun BTR: Murder on a Mississippi Steamboat by Leighann Dobbs via Bookouture (SH)
4 Jun BTR: The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge via Vicky @Head of Zeus
5 Jun BTR: The House on Firefly Beach by Jenny Hale via Bookouture (NH)
6 Jun R: The Staycation by Michele Gorman
7 Jun Seven and a Half Minutes by Roxana Valea – content 7-10 tbc
8 Jun BTR: Growing Up For Beginners by Claire Calman via Rachel’s RR NG
9 Jun BTR: First Shot by John Ryder via Bookouture (NH) 
10 Jun GP by Roxana Valea, author of Seven and a Half Minutes via Rachel’s RR
11 Jun R: The Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin via OMC NG Rachel’s RR
12 Jun BTR: Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen J Rolfe via Rachel’s RR
13 Jun BTR: One Day In Summer by Shari Low via Rachel’s RR
14 Jun BTR: The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly via Rachel’s RR
15 Jun BTR: The Summer of Taking Chances by Lynne Shelby via Rachel’s RR
BTR: The Little Shop in Cornwall by Helen Pollard via Bookouture (SH)
16 Jun BTR: More than Neighbours by Shannon Stacey via Lisa Wray @Harlequin
17 Jun BTR: Sweet Pea Summer by Alys Murray via Bookouture SH
18 Jun
19 Jun BTR: The Old Girls’ Network by Judy Leigh via Rachel’s RR
20 Jun BTR: Summer Island by Natalie Normann
21 Jun
22 Jun
23 Jun
24 Jun R: Summer Island by Natalie Normann vi NG
Up Close and Personal via Rachel’s RR
25 Jun BTR: Tell That To My Heart by Eliza J Scott via Rachel’s RR
26 Jun
27 Jun BTR: Esme’s Gift by Elizabeth Foster via Rachel’s RR
28 Jun BTR: A Wish For Jinnie by Audrey Davis via Rachel’s RR
29 Jun
30 Jun R: Flame by Donna Grant A Dark Kings Novel via Natalie @ St Martin’s
R: Never an Amish Bride by Ophelia London
1 Jul BTR: The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride by Virginia Heath via Rachel’s RR
AI with Adrienne Chinn, author of The English Wife via Rachel’s RR
2 Jul AI with Melissa Oliver, author of The Rebel Heiress and the Knight via Rachel’s RR
3 Jul BTR: The Life She Left Behind by Nicole Trope via Bookouture tbc
4 Jul BTR: Sun, Sea and Sangria by Victoria Cooke via Rachel’s RR
5 Jul BTR: Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds 2 – Still living the dream in rural Ireland by Nick Albert via Rachel’s RR
6 Jul
7 Jul AI: with Tom Benjamin, author of A Quiet Death in Italy via Rachel’s RR
8 Jul
9 Jul
10 Jul AI: with Annalisa Crawford, author of Grace & Serenity via Rachel’s RR
11 Jul AI: with Delia C. Pitts , author of Pauper and Prince in Harlem via Rachel’s RR
BTR: Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow by  Jessica Redland via Rachel’s RR
12 Jul
13 Jul BTR: Flying Solo by Zoe May via Rachel’s RR
14 Jul BTR: A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee via St Martin’s Griffin (Natalie Tsay)
15 Jul R: Summer at Orchard House by Ellyn Oaksmith via Bookouture (pub 13/7)
16 Jul AI with Kate Zarrelli , author of The Casanova Papers via Rachel’s RR
17 Jul BTR: The Village Shop For Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock via Rachel’s RR
18 Jul
19 Jul
20 Jul BTR: Gloria the Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead via Rachel’s RR pbk?
21 Jul
22 Jul
23 Jul R: Night Falls, Still Missing by Helen Callaghan via NG Penguin Michael Joseph
24 Jul
25 Jul
26 Jul
27 Jul
28 Jul
29 Jul BTR: The House Party by Mary Grand via Rachel’s RR
30 Jul
31 Jul BTR: My Mother’s Choice by Ali Mercer via Bookouture (NH)
R: The Seal cove Theoretical Society by Scott Clemens via Author
1 Aug
2 Aug
3 Aug
4 Aug
5 Aug
6 Aug
7 Aug R: Secrets of a Serial Killer by Rosie Walker via OMC/NG ???
8 Aug R: The Summer Villa by Melissa Hill via HQ
9 Aug BTR: As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May via Rachel’s RR
10 Aug BTR: Memories of Wild Rose Bay by Susanne O’Leary via Bookouture (NH)
11 Aug
12 Aug
13 Aug
14 Aug
15 Aug
16 Aug
17 Aug
18 Aug
19 Aug
20 Aug
21 Aug
22 Aug
23 Aug
24 Aug
25 Aug
26 Aug
27 Aug
28 Aug BTR: The Charm Bracelet by Ella Allbright via Rachel’s Rr
29 Aug
30 Aug
31 Aug

12 comments on “Books in waiting

  1. Maya Mirza-Gill
    December 7, 2015

    I am a newly self-published author and would love for you to receive a free Kindle copy of my book Struck, and its sequel Lost for reviewing.


    • bicted
      December 7, 2015

      Thank you for the offer, Maya – I have sent an email to you!


  2. Tara St. Pierre
    January 2, 2016

    Hello! My name’s Tara St. Pierre, and I recently published a YA book “Just a Few Inches” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XX8HGUS). I like your site and the style of your reviews, and I’d love to have you review my book if you’re interested in reading it.

    Thanks for your consideration!


    • bicted
      January 2, 2016

      Thanks for you kind words and offer, Tara – I have replied via email 🙂


  3. Rex
    February 24, 2016

    Hello my names Rex Grainger and I’ve adventure thriller out on amazon. It’s called Elixir Stone. Could you please email in regards of reviewing it. Thank you, and keep up the good work.


    • bicted
      February 24, 2016

      Thanks, Rex, for continuing this conversation via email!


  4. Linda Bradley
    March 6, 2016

    Hi there. Found your website through writing pal, Roni Hall. I really like your delivery and premise. My first book came out in June 2015 with Soul Mate Publishing. It’s Women’s Fiction and is titled Maggie’s Way. I have cover quotes from Jane Porter and Lori Nelson Spielman and was wondering if you’d like to read it for a review. I’d be happy to gift you an ebook or send you a paperback. Here’s my website info if you’d like to check it out.


    Thanks for considering my work and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Lisa Potocar
    April 15, 2016

    Hello Elaine!

    I so appreciate the wonderful things you are doing on behalf of us authors to get our names and brain children out to the world. I would love to have you review my YA historical novel (set during the American Civil War), which includes sub-plots of romance and adventure and which was published in 2012. It’s titled Sweet Glory, and its sequel, Train to Glory, will be released this coming May 10th through distribution (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). If you would like to check out Sweet Glory, it’s available on Amazon at:


    Thanks for your time and consideration of my story, and I look forward to hearing from you.


    P.S. I discovered you and your website via the Amazon Discussion Boards and the tremendous review you did for Rarity of the Hollow by Robert Eggleton.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. www.kjmcpike.com
    July 25, 2016

    Hi Elaine,

    Thank you for all you do to help authors get our names out there! I would love to have you read/review my award-winning Young Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy novel XODUS. In short, XODUS is about a girl who discovers she can astral project and tries to use her new ability to find her mother, who disappeared two months prior.

    You can find the book’s Goodreads page and official blurb here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28483134-xodus

    I am happy to provide an e-book in your preferred format (PDF, MOBI, or EPUB).

    Thank you for your consideration. I hope to hear from you soon!


    Liked by 1 person

  7. Eddie Owens
    October 11, 2016

    Hi Elaine,

    I would like to request a review for my new e-book, please.



    If you are willing to review, I will be happy to send you a PDF or Word doc, copy manuscript.

    The cover can be viewed on my Goodreads page.


    This is a contemporary, coming of age, comedy drama for young adults, 12+.

    Millie Hardiman is a thirteen year old from Bognor Regis, with a wild imagination, who dreams of becoming a writer.

    When Millie’s scriptwriter dad, Barry, has writer’s block, Millie becomes his muse for the daytime television soap, Double Top.

    After her success on Double Top, Millie creates a Sci-Fi, teen drama, The Adventures of Martian Girl.

    Millie falls in love for the first time with Wolf Van Der Beek, an arrogant, South African child actor.

    This is a story about friendship, first love and growing up.

    Kind regards



  8. jupiterkj
    February 7, 2017

    Hello! Thank you so much for what you do. I recently published a book through Kindle, (a Young Adult Dystopian-SciFi-Thriller), and would love for you to consider reviewing it. Feel free to email me 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. xoxoeditaxoxo
    April 18, 2018

    OMG Lucky you!! I was dreaming about Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon for eveeer now. Sucks being a student, cause you can’t afford it lol Read that one, I heard it’s amazing.


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