Book club

Earlier this year I moved back to Lancashire where I was born. In July a friend of a friend asked me to come along to their book club.  They had read Vision in Love that month and liked the idea of discussing it with the author. Well, I wasn’t going to say no!

I’ve considered joining a book club for a while but never got round to it. I was also hesitant when friends complained about reading books they wouldn’t choose. But when they asked me to join their book club in August I thought it might be good for me to read beyond my genre.

August’s book was:

5147jj7gblThe million-copy bestselling phenomenon, Fredrik Backman’s heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step. Perfect for fans of Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project and David Nicholl’s US.

New York Times bestseller

‘Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving’ Daily Mail

‘Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it’ SpectatorBooks of the Year

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…

Book club opinions ranged from finding it funny to not being able to finish it. It wasn’t my usual kind of read but it did have its funny moments. If you’re a fan of grumpy old men then this book may be for you.

September’s book is Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas.

Have you read it? If you haven’t you could read it in September with us. I’d love to know what you think of it.

Until then happy reading!

Liz x


 

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National Book Lovers Day

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day. A day for anyone who loves books & reading to celebrate!

Happy Book Lovers Day

Books forms have evolved over the centuries from clay tablets to papyrus. Early books had pages made from parchment or vellum. More recently there has been a shift from hardback & paperback copies to ebooks.

But whatever your preferred book format it seems reading a book is good for you. A new study has found that, on average, people who read lived almost two years longer than non-readers. What better excuse is there to pick up a book?

So relax & spend your national book lovers day with your favourite read.

Or if you’re looking for something new to read, then why not try my romantic fantasy series while it’s on sale!

Only 99c/99p                    FREE                               Only 99c/99p


 

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Available now!

 

Title: Vision in Faith

Author: Liz Bower
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: August 7, 2016
Series: Legends of the North series, Book 3
Cover Designer: Premade Ebook Cover Shop
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Hairstylist, Vicky Hudson, has lived just outside of Altenchester her whole life. Of course she’s heard of the Altenburys, who hasn’t? They rule the village, own most of it, it’s even named after them. Vicky is on the verge of fulfilling her lifelong dream of opening her own salon. The only obstacle may be James Altenbury. According to his mother, he is the one who has the power to stop Vicky’s dream from becoming a reality.

Her own parents are supportive yet deeply traditional but Vicky has different ideals. Ones that she starts to question when she becomes the victim of strange visions of people and places she doesn’t know. What is behind them and where do they come from?

Afraid to admit what is really going on, she is finally forced to take them seriously when James is attacked once again, only this time by the very monster from one of her visions. It is only then she realises he is much more than just an Altenbury.

Will they finally succumb to the evil that has been preying on the Altenbury family for generations, or can they hold off the evil, and together finally stop the attacks?

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“What can I do to help?”
She stared at him as though he’d just asked her to dye his hair green. Putting Teazle down, he took her hand so she couldn’t fiddle with her bracelet. “Vicky?”
“You want to help?”
He kissed her in answer, just a chaste brush of his lips against hers. “Yes. If you want me to. I can put the shelves up, if you’d like?”
She laughed and he frowned, his eyebrows drawing together. “What’s so funny about that?”
She stopped laughing and tried to look serious. “Do you know how to put shelves up?”
She doubted his manliness? James reached for her, gripping her arse as he whispered in her ear. “You weren’t questioning what my hands were capable of yesterday.” He heard her breath hitch and he smiled.
Other Books in the Series
Vision in Love
Legends of the North
(Book 1)
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Vision in Trust
Legends of the North
(Book 2)
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Liz has lived in a lot of places but is originally from Lancashire, England, where most of her books are set.She started her writing career with an online course and is studying for a creative writing degree, so it was probably inevitable that she would write a novel.

When not writing, Liz can be found curled up with a cup of coffee and a book or walking her dog.


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Tuesday teaser & giveaway

Liz Bower

 

It’s less than three weeks until the final book – Vision in Faith – in my romantic fantasy series releases on August 7!

You can pre-order your copy now for just 99p/99c!

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If you haven’t had a chance to read the first book yet then why not enter to win 1 of 5 signed first edition paperback copies of Vision in Love

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Vision in Love by Liz Bower

Vision in Love

by Liz Bower

Giveaway ends August 18, 2016.

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Cover Reveal

 Available for Pre-order 

Title: Vision in Faith

Author: Liz Bower
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: August 7, 2016
Series: Legends of the North series, Book 3
Cover Designer: Premade Ebook Cover Shop
 Add to Goodreads

Hairstylist, Vicky Hudson, has lived just outside of Altenchester her whole life. Of course she’s heard of the Altenburys, who hasn’t? They rule the village, own most of it, it’s even named after them. Vicky is on the verge of fulfilling her lifelong dream of opening her own salon. The only obstacle may be James Altenbury. According to his mother, he is the one who has the power to stop Vicky’s dream from becoming a reality.

Her own parents are supportive yet deeply traditional but Vicky has different ideals. Ones that she starts to question when she becomes the victim of strange visions of people and places she doesn’t know. What is behind them and where do they come from?

Afraid to admit what is really going on, she is finally forced to take them seriously when James is attacked once again, only this time by the very monster from one of her visions. It is only then she realises he is much more than just an Altenbury.

Will they finally succumb to the evil that has been preying on the Altenbury family for generations, or can they hold off the evil, and together finally stop the attacks?

 Pre-order now 

Amazon: US I UK I AU I CA

Other Books in the Series
Vision in Love
Legends of the North
(Book 1)
Amazon: US I UK I AU I CA
Vision in Trust
Legends of the North
(Book 2)
Amazon: US I UK I AU I CA

Liz has lived in a lot of places but is originally from Lancashire, England, where most of her books are set.She started her writing career with an online course and is studying for a creative writing degree, so it was probably inevitable that she would write a novel.

When not writing, Liz can be found curled up with a cup of coffee and a book or walking her dog.

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Excerpt

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It’s almost less than a month until Vision in Faith is released! You can pre order your copy now for only 99p / 99c (price increases after release week)

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Excerpt

 

 

After several glasses of champagne, she gave up trying to join in and just listened. Emma sounded happy, and that was really all Vicky needed to know. Clumsily, she got to her feet and weaved her way to the ladies’ room. When she walked back out, someone grabbed her arm and dragged her backwards into the darkened corner.

Opening her mouth to scream, a hand clamped over it and she felt a puff of warm air by her ear. She could tell by the smell of bittersweet coffee mingled with beer that it was James.

“Don’t say a word. Just hear me out.” He pressed her back against the wall and caged her in with a hand on either side of her head. His hips pinned her in place and when she looked up at him, his jaw was clenched, the muscle in his cheek twitching. He’s mad at me?

Before he said anything, she pushed her palms against his chest. “No.” He took a step back as her anger flared. “You don’t get to laugh at me, to look down on me, and then think you call the shots. No.” Shoving him, he stumbled back, and she took the chance to escape.

Emma looked up as she sat back down next to her. “You okay?”

“Fine. Why?”

“You look a bit flustered, that’s all.”

“Nope, I’m fine,” Vicky said, finishing the champagne in her glass. Helping herself to another, she was so annoyed with herself for saying anything to James. Maybe I really am going crazy.

Taking a sip of the champagne, she turned to see Matt and Emma kissing. She glanced over to where Rob and Jess were tongue-duelling too.

Placing her full glass back on the table, she walked towards the exit. Emma wouldn’t notice, and frankly, she’d had enough of happy couples for one night.

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Top 10

I’m finishing up the final edits on book 3, Vision in Faith, before it goes to my editor on July 1st. I’m so excited to share the last book in the Legends of the North series with you and will be doing a cover reveal on the 12th of July!

I can’t wait to finish the series (I only have five other book ideas waiting to be started so far!) but it’s also a little sad too. It’s been a huge learning curve publishing my first book -my first series. I’m sure I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve also made a lot of friends along the way and had some fun.

So as the end of the series nears, I thought I’d share my Top 10 favourite moments of the Legends of the North series:

Vision in Love – Book one

1. When Matt and Emma meet for the first time at the museum.VisionInLoveSmallerWebUse

2. Emma’s vision where she is wearing a wedding dress.

3. When Jess comes home drunk.

4. Matt and Emma exchanging gifts on Christmas Eve.

5. When Matt is in the graveyard and he sees his gran as a young woman.

Vision in Trust – Book two

VisionInTrustSmallerWebUseUpdated6. Jess’s vision with the peacock.

7. Girls’ night out – where Vicky and James meet for the first time.

8. The night Jess and Rob play truth or lie.

9. When Jess finally starts to open up to Rob.

10. After Jess is attacked.

 

What are yours? I’d love to know!

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