Just for fun!

Books I’m excited about in 2014

Happy New Year!

So to start the year off I thought I would give a list of books I’m excited for in the coming year. I’ve made a list and added the current release dates (we know how they may change).

Books that have REALLY got my interest are:

The Guestbook

Willow Cottage is open for business. But who will come to stay? A young family with a very astute child who notices everything, a lady with her menagerie of animals including a hungry python, the naturists, who shock the local residents, the medium with her spirit guide and a famous actress in hiding are just a few of the many guests that come through the front door.

Annie Butterworth welcomes a colourful array of guests to the seaside holiday cottage and their thoughts and comments written in The Guestbook give a snapshot of their lives.

Then there’s Oliver Black, number one crime writer in the world. He is seen on the covers of the gossip magazines every week, on the arm of various models or actresses. All his books have been made into huge blockbusters and he has an adoring female fan club. But to Annie, he will always be Olly Butterworth, the brother of her dead husband, Nick, and the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.

But Annie has her own story to tell. What was in the will left to her by her dead husband? What happened that night six months after he died that caused Olly to run? And what was in the biscuit tin?

A hilarious peek at the lives of Annie’s guests reveals a story woven with mystery, joy, intrigue, happiness, guilt and love.

and then The Prophecies (the follow up of The Sentinel)

Eve grows stronger and more powerful every day as she strives to ensure she is ready to face her destiny. But her new gifts draws the unwelcome attention of The Oraculum, the council that created her. When she is summoned to their castle she becomes aware of a rift between the council members that not only could endanger her life, but could put the whole planet at risk. Would The Oraculum really turn against her and risk everything?

But in the darkness, a light burns bright. Her love for Seth is stronger than any of her powers.

But as she battles against a new threat, will everyone Eve loves survive?”

both by Holly Martin.
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you will know how much I LOVED The Sentinel, so I’m desperate to start the next part of the story. As for The Guestbook, I was lucky enough to read a sneaky peek and I’m so excited to be able to read the full story and find out what’s in the biscuit tin!
(There are currently no covers to share with you, but I will get them up as soon as there are).

The Guestbook is due to be released February 14th
The Sentinel is due for release April.

Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn by Tilly Tennant.

There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, who doesn’t even know she exists. Not only that, but half the women of the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. But the real men in Bonnie’s life only let her down, and a man that you can never have can never let you down… right?

When Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and his band, it seems all that is set to change. Bonnie is about to find out that you should be careful what you wish for, and that happiness can come in the most unexpected shape…

This is a book I’ve already been lucky enough to read (review coming soon) and it’s just absolutely brilliant. Perfect if you want to laugh and swoon in equal measures. This is absolutely one to watch out for. (Again no cover as of yet, will be added).

Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn is due for release on January 30th.

The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman,

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Today is my death anniversary. A year ago today I was still alive.’

Rachel, Max and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life – until the night Rachel’s heart stopped beating.

Now Max and Ellie are doing their best to adapt to life without Rachel, and just as her family can’t forget her, Rachel can’t quite let go of them either. Caught in a place between worlds, Rachel watches helplessly as she begins to fade from their lives. And when Max is persuaded by family and friends to start dating again, Rachel starts to understand that dying was just the beginning of her problems.

As Rachel grieves for the life she’s lost and the life she’ll never lead, she learns that sometimes the thing that breaks your heart might be the very thing you hope for.”

I’m so excited for this, SO excited. I feel this is going to be a real roller coaster of emotion.

The Dead Wife’s Handbook is due for release on February 13th and you can pre-order here.

Thursday’s Children by Nicci French,
I am such an UBER fan of Nicci French, I have read and and own every single book, even their separate novels. This is the going to be the fourth in the Frieda Klein series, each book had been so gripping and full of suspense, I’m excited to watch the next part of the story unfold.
(There is currently no cover, but will be added when there is)
Thursday’s Children is due for release April, as soon as you can pre-order I will add the link. If you haven’t read any of the series so far, DO. The first book of the series is Blue Monday, and the story progresses with each new book, so I advise they are read in order.

The One Plus The One by JoJo Moyes,

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“One single mum
With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to . . .

One chaotic family
Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone.
Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking . . .

One handsome stranger
Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .”

I’m such a fan of JoJo Moyes, such a fan. She is obviously very well known for Me Before You, which I adored. But for me The Girl You Left Behind was easily her best story yet, it was so moving and incredibly well written, I think that it just doesn’t get enough praise. It’s easily so much better than Me Before You, get it and read it, trust me.

Anyway, The One Plus The One, I am of course very excited about, JoJo Moyes has a way of pulling you in and captivating you leaving you breathless, I’m so excited about this book I may burst.

The One Plus The One is due for release February 27th and you can pre-order it here.

The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson by Paige Toon,

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Meet Jessie, the daughter of Johnny Jefferson, as featured in Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine…

My fifteenth birthday was the worst day of my life, and it’s inconceivable to think that any single day in my future will ever be as bad. My mum was killed in a freak accident on her way to pick up my cake. Even when there was still no sign of her after two hours later, and my friends started to arrive at our house, it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t be coming back.

That was six months ago. My mum died without telling me who my real dad was. And for a while I hated her for it. I thought she’s taken the secret of my father’s identity with her forever. But she didn’t. Holy hell, she didn’t. Because three weeks ago I found out the truth. And I’m still reeling from the shock of it. My dad is none other than Johnny Jefferson, mega famous rock star and one-time serial womaniser. And now I’m on my way to LA to meet him and his family.
My tiny little world has just got a whole lot bigger…”

I’m again, such a huge fan of Paige Toon, I’ve followed the story of Johnny and Meg and am very excited to now follow the story of Jessie. I’m expecting an absolute fire cracker who causes lots of trouble. (Poor Meg!)

If you haven’t yet, you need to read Johnny Be Good, Baby Be Mine and Johnny’s Girl (ebook), these will prepare you for The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson and be prepared to fall in love with a bad boy.

The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson is due for release January 30th and you can pre-order here.

This year Paige is also releasing a novel called Thirteen Weddings which I’m MEGA excited about as I know it will feature some old favourites from Pictures Of Lily, Ben and Lily. (As soon as there is a cover and release date I will add them).

The Vintage Guide To Love and Romance by Kirsty Greewood.

This is ALL I have on this BUT I’m excited about it all the same. (I will add all details as soon as I know them).

Watching Over You by Mel Sherratt,

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Following the death of her husband and unborn child, Charley Belington sells the family home and bravely starts life over again. On moving into a new flat, she is befriended by her landlady, Ella, who seems like the perfect friend and confidante.

But, unbeknown to Charley, Ella is fighting her own dark and dirty demons as the fallout from a horrific childhood sends her spiralling down into madness—and unspeakable obsessions.

As Ella’s mind splinters, her increasingly bizarre attentions make Charley uneasy. But with every step Charley tries to take to distance herself, Ella moves in a tightening lockstep with her, closer and closer and closer…”

I’ve already read and reviewed this here and it is absolutely incredible. Without a doubt, one to put on your lists!

Watching Over You is due for release January 14th and you can pre-order it here.

Falling by Emma Kavanagh,

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“A plane falls out of the sky. A woman is murdered. Four people all have something to hide.

Jim is a retired police officer, and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared and he knows something is wrong.

Tom has woken up to the news that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son.

Cecilia had packed up and left her family. Now she has survived a tragedy, and sees no way out.

Freya is struggling to cope with the loss of her father. But as she delves into his past, she may not like what she finds.

‘Before the plane crash, after the plane crash, such a short amount of time for the world to turn on its head.”

I really, REALLY like the sound of this and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

Falling is due for release March 27th and you can pre-order it here.

Rebel Bride by Elizabeth Moss,

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He is under her spell…

Hugh Beaufort, favoured courtier of King Henry VIII, likes his women quiet and biddable. Susannah Tyrell is neither of these things. She is feisty, beautiful, opinionated and brave. And Hugh is fascinated by her – despite himself.

Their lust is undeniable…

When Susannah pulls her most outrageous stunt yet and finds herself lost in the wilds of England, Hugh must go to her rescue. Neither of them is prepared for the dangers that lie in wait. But most dangerous of all is their desire for one another. Alone together in the forest, far from the restraints of court…

Their passion knows no bounds”

After reading Wolf Bride, which I reviewed here, I’m without a doubt ridiculously excited to get my hands on Rebel Bride as i NEED to read more, I found Wolf Bride so addictive, i cannot wait to feel that desperation of needing to finish a book in one sitting again.

Rebel Bride is due for release March 27th and you can pre-order it here.

The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman,

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“The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address…

What would happen if your memory of these began to fade?

Is it possible to rebuild your life? Raise a family? Fall in love again?

When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. But how can she hold on to the past when her future is slipping through her fingers…?”

I’m really looking forward to this book, it just sounds like it’s going to be superb. I really like the idea of reading a book of someone’s memories, it’s quite personal and is likely to very honest.

The Memory Book is due for release on the 30th Jan and you can pre-order it here.

Waiting For Prince Harry by Aven Ellis,

Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer…Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it…”

Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis,

“Recent college graduate Avery Andrews is ready to begin a new life in the big city. She’s landed an apartment in Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park neighborhood–and has her eye on the cute commodities trader just a floor above.

If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing coordinator—but it’s not like Avery needs a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills…and fund a few little shopping excursions on Michigan Avenue, too.

Her new lifestyle comes with a hefty price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype—so she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is vacant and spoiled, does it? Of course not.

When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for doing it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that horrible vacant, husband-hunting fashionista label for good.

Anytime the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the mysterious cameraman assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—as well as Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet…”

Both these books by Aven are out in 2014, as soon as I have covers and dates I will add them.

The reason I’m looking forward to both of these by Aven is because she writes about GOOD guys, they have no hidden bad side and they are absolutely swoon worthy. Aven also writes her heroines to be good role models, we don’t get any “playing dumb” and I love that.

These are just a few of the books I’m excited about. There are many I will be waiting for, some I will be pressed up against the shop window for, longing to get my hands on, looking at the bookshop staff with pleading eyes begging them to let me in.

Which books have caught your eye already? Any favourite authors that you are dying to get your hands on? Let me know.

10 thoughts on “Books I’m excited about in 2014

  1. They all look fab! I love the cover for Hannah’s, just gorgeous. And having already read Watching over you and The Guestbook, I’m looking forward to being able to swap views with people when everyone else gets to read them!

      1. oh good and thank you I have The One Plus One on my list to read very soon and I just knew Watching Over You would be a good read! I’m even more excited about having these on my list now!

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