Archive for July, 2020

  • Title: Photographing Kate
  • Author: Elle Sweet
  • Publication Date: 15th July 2020

Copy received from author and blog tour organiser for review purposes.


After Kate’s husband of over twenty years is sentenced for embezzling and fraud, she loses everything and needs to start over. She decides to visit Moonshire Bay to regroup at the urging of her friend, Claire, who owns the diner there.

Knowing she needs a way to support herself, she rekindles her passion for photography and starts to think maybe staying in Moonshire Bay is her best chance at happiness.
Zach is the town attorney and a confirmed bachelor. After a scarring experience with love and almost marriage in his younger days, he vowed never to get any closer to a woman than a casual relationship.

When Zach meets Kate, the wounded look that lingers behind her smile grabs him and he wants to know her better, but Kate was burned by her lawyer ex-husband. Even if she wanted a relationship it wouldn’t be with a member of that profession.

Zach tricks Kate in order to get to know her better. When she finds out, will she understand and forgive him or will it push her further away?

My Thoughts:

I’ve found that my reading tastes have changed slightly during these past few months. Reading has become a much needed escape, but it also has to be something I can do either first thing in the morning or last thing at night. I say first thing in the morning as there’s something so nice about curling up with a cuppa and a book, listening to the birds and enjoying a rare peaceful hour or so before everyone else gets up.

Photographing Kate was the perfect book for one of those mornings. Although it’s book three of the Moonshire Bay series, it can be read easily without the other books, indeed I read this book before any of the others of the series … breaking my own rule about reading a series in order.

Without rehashing the plot, this is a tale about a woman starting over. Kate’s life has been turned upside down, shaken and then flung about a bit more. Taking advice from her dear friend Claire and one of her daughters, Kate makes a trip to Moonshire Bay for a break and spend time with Claire. She didn’t expect to fall in love with the place, she didn’t expect to find a job or a man.
With a character that many readers will relate to, or feel a strong connection with, Kate is endearing but feisty. Her anxieties about starting over feel real and understandable, the panic and worry about what people will think of her because of her husband’s court case is well written.

Zack on the other hand, now there’s a character that is hard to work out. His backstory is one I found interesting, his relationships with his father and Rhoda show different sides to this character, and seeing how the various people in the town view him is intriguing. Whilst his actions may be questionable at times, his head and heart not always working in unison, I would happily go on a picnic with him.

I loved the setting of Moonshire Bay, it sounded like a lovely place, the descriptions brought it to life and had me wishing I could visit there. Looking forward to the next book of the series and getting to know more of the characters of Moonshire Bay.

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  • Title: Holiday Date
  • Author: Debbie Ioanna

Copy received from author and blog tour organiser for review purposes.


Relationships are tested in this highly anticipated sequel to ‘Blind Date’.

Jenny is back in this romantic comedy, and this time she has her man. Life is wonderful as she switches her sex dreams for the real thing with her hunk, Zack. As well as feeling loved up, she must also console her recently-single best friend, Sarah. Those much-loved blind dates make a welcome return as Jenny gets the sweet taste for vengeance.

After a girly holiday to Rome, and a somewhat unexpected vegan experience, Zack whisks Jenny abroad for a romantic holiday of their own. However, jolly holidays aren’t on the menu when faced with a twenty-something stunner in the next villa.

Holidays take the centre stage for this sequel, where relationships are put to the test, at home and abroad.

My Thoughts:

Having read and enjoyed the previous book by Debbie Ioanna, I was looking forward to catching up with Jenny and seeing how life was treating her. In Blind Date, Jenny’s life was filled with fun, and disastrous dates that her mother had set up for her. Taking control of her life and destiny, after that embarrassing incident with the Chinese food, she finds love and happiness with the man of her dreams.
So, what can Debbie Ioanna offer readers when they dive into Holiday Date? More of the same giggle inducing fun that has readers feeling great appreciation for Jenny helping her friend Sarah with her blind dates as a form of payback. On their trip to Rome, Jenny and Sarah have the break they needed. The sights, sounds and flavours of Italy delighting them and I have to admit to being very jealous, the biscotti they had sounded absolutely delicious! The vivid imagery used brought the scenes to life, I could almost see the lovely landmarks, the picturesque setting and the wee guest house.

As well as the relationship between the friends, readers also get to meet Jenny’s family when there is a catch-up. Thankfully with Zack there for support, things aren’t as awful as Jenny might have imagined them being … unless you count the menu.

It’s fair to say that family and holidays play a huge part in this book. When Zack introduces Jenny to his parents they are invited to join them abroad at their villa.
Jenny’s insecurities are something that many readers will sympathise with. Being part of Zack’s life and seeing the people important to him is fine until she meets the stunningly beautiful young woman that has been part of Zack’s life up until now. Immediately Jenny worries and spirals into panic that her perfect relationship is doomed.

As a secondary thread to the plot, readers get to see Sarah’s disastrous dates as she dips her toes back into the dating pool. One date in particular is enough to make you cringe, but at the same time chuckle out loud, grateful that it’s not you that was in that situation.

I really enjoyed these books, they provided a much needed escape; bringing laughter and heartwarming happiness at a time when doom and gloom was prevalent. I’d highly recommend them as the perfect summery read, and look forward to seeing what Debbie Ioanna writes next!

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Hello July! It’s been quite a while since I’ve sat down and pulled together a post for The Quiet Knitter blog, partly because I’ve been kept busy with my daughter being home from school, but also because I’ve been proofreading for some fantastic indie authors.

Today’s Celebrating Indie Publishing post is a little different, instead of sharing a book that I’ve read and loved – there will be more of those posts soon – I have decided to shine a spotlight on a new indie publisher that I discovered during the past few weeks.

Please welcome to the stage Hobeck Books! I am thrilled that the people behind the name were able to take a coffee break and chat with me about who they are, what their plans are, and generally talk books with me. The bonus for me was that I didn’t need to share the yummy homemade cakes I’d just made with my daughter.

“Hobeck Books is the brainchild of founders Rebecca Collins and Adrian Hobart. The idea first struck us at the end of 2018 – why not create a publishing house harnessing the traditional publishing know-how that Rebecca’s twenty-five years in the industry brings, with the digital and multimedia experience that Adrian’s career in the BBC offers? Eighteen months on, we’ve made that idea a reality, signing our first authors and publishing our first books. It has been an exciting adventure and we have been learning as we go. No two days are the same. We celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes, but we both agree – this is the most rewarding and fulfilling work we have ever done.

Publishing is changing so fast, and it is now possible to create books of great quality with unprecedented speed and flexibility, reacting to audience demand in an instant. Digital marketing allows publishers and authors to reach readers across the globe in ways that were unthinkable even five years ago. We are building Hobeck Books to be at the forefront of this revolution.

Beyond that, we felt that our approach had to be different, so we place great importance in the way we work with our authors, collaborators and our readers. We want this to be an open creative relationship, rather than the ‘top down’ and committee-led approach taken by traditional publishers. We describe our approach in a simple tagline: ‘Trad Values, Indie Spirit.’ In other words, we work to the highest possible industry standards of editing, cover design, copywriting and book production, but we retain the nimbleness to try new approaches in these areas, as well as marketing and communication with our authors and readers. At risk of sounding a little folksy, we want to build a ‘Hobeck family’ spirit between everyone we work with and our readers.

Future plans

We are actively building our list of authors, beginning with British actor and bestselling crime author Robert Daws. We are thrilled to be working with someone of Robert’s talent and experience and are delighted with the enthusiasm with which he has embraced our approach to publishing. His third Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery novel, Killing Rock will be published by Hobeck on July 14th, with the previous two bestselling novels, The Rock and Poisoned Rock refreshed with new covers designs and typesetting. Robert is already working on a fourth in the series, Blood Rock, which we plan to release in 2021. Robert is also putting his acting skills to use, and we will be releasing all the novels as audiobooks this summer.

We are close to announcing further exciting signings to our portfolio of authors, and we remain open to submissions. We’re also writers ourselves: Adrian is writing a time-travel thriller Out of Time, featuring Commander Rafe Edwards, a British wartime spy who is pitched into the twenty-first century, where the changes in society seem almost as threatening as the government agents sent to kill him. Rebecca is also working on her first novel, Outside, inspired by the lockdown experience, a love story of two people confined indoors for different reasons: one through fear and the other through circumstance.

We are also working with a range of first-time writers with natural story-telling skills who perhaps have not considered writing fiction before or had the creative and nurturing environment to find their confidence and voice. We offer them the space and time needed to develop, and the creative and emotional support to hone their craft. We have faith in their raw ability and are happy to wait as long as it takes for their books to be ready.

Ultimately, we aim to build Hobeck Books into one of the leading independent publishers of crime, thrillers, suspense and historical fiction in the UK, whilst retaining our core values and open approach to publishing.”

A huge thank you to Rebecca and Adrian for joining me today, and can I just say that Out of Time sounds like something I am really looking forward to, please come back and tell us all about it, but also when we can pre-order it! I’m quite intrigued by Outside, I really want to know what the stories there are and find out more about those characters!

If you want to find out more about Hobeck Books, their authors and their books, then head over to the website https://www.hobeck.net/ or you can find them on Twitter https://twitter.com/HobeckBooks or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hobeckbooks10/

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