This Stolen Life is on the Not The Booker longlist

Eeep! This Stolen Life (written as my alter ego Jeevani Charika) is on the longlist for the Not The Booker. Every year, alongside the Booker Prize, The Guardian newspaper runs a parallel competition, where the books are nominated by readers. It’s not so much a competition as a bit of fun and a chance to make some noise about your favourite books.

The longlist is whittled down to a shortlist by popular vote. So if you’ve read This Stolen Life, I’d love to have one of your two votes. Voting closes on the 5th of August, which is really very soon!

Here’s the link: https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2019/jul/29/not-the-booker-longlist-vote-now-to-decide-the-2019-shortlist

If not, I’d appreciate a review left on your favourite book shop/ ebook shop site.

Have a great weekend!

Rhoda

Cover Reveal: This Stolen Life

My alter ego Jeevani Charika has a book coming out on the 8th of May. It’s a story about motherhood, student life and the secrets we hide from the people we love. It will be published by Hera books.

Here’s the cover and the blurb. 🙂

Book cover for This Stolen Life by Jeevani Charika. Asian woman smiling with book title text.

Would you tell the truth, if it meant losing your one true love?

Soma is a shy young woman adrift in a strange new country. After moving from Sri Lanka to Yorkshire to become a nanny to baby Louis, Soma tries to settle into life in the U.K., even if every day presents her with a new challenge, from trying new food or getting to grips with the language. 

But the one thing Soma never counted on was falling in love. When she meets Sahan, a Sri Lankan student at the local university, the two feel an instant attraction. Meeting in secret so that Sahan can teach Soma English, their friendship quickly blooms into something more. But their differing backgrounds – Soma is from poverty, while Sahan is the son of a wealthy family and cousin to Soma’s employer – means they have to hide their love from the world. 

While they bare their souls to each other, Sahan has no idea that Soma is hiding a huge secret from him – but as her lies come crashing down, Soma is faced with an impossible choice. Should she tell the truth – even if means losing Sahan?

A moving, unique and utterly engrossing love story about how well we really know the person we fall in love with – fans of Amanda Prowse, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain will be captivated.

Preorder it now for 99p

Belonging wins Chill with a Book award

Belonging has won a Chill With A Book award! How exciting is that?!

The cover of Belonging, next to the shiny award badge.

The Chill with a Book awards are a long running prize which is awarded to indie published books of high standard. The readers assess each book against a set of criteria like:

  • Were the characters strong and engaging?
  • Was the book well written?
  • Did the story have you turning pages to find out what happened next?
  • Was the ending satisfying?
  • Would you recommend this book to someone who reads this sort of book?

Eight readers read Belonging as part of the judging and they must have liked what they read because they awarded it a Premier award. Which means I get a badge and everything!

Here’s a few of the comments from the readers

“I liked everything about this book. I’ve already recommended it to a friend at work.”

It was a lovely, relaxing, easy read.”

I truly enjoyed this gem of a book.”

Have you read Belonging? Please could you leave a review on the retailer site of your choice (Amazon, I mean Amazon, really). Even just a few words makes a massive difference.

Christmas At The Palace is on tour this week!

Christmas At The Palace in on tour of some awesome book blogs this week.

It’s already been to:

A Cat, A Book and a cup of tea who gave it 4 cats!

and Jera’s Jamboree 

You can click on the links to read the reviews. (I’ve read them both – over and over… )

Tune in for the rest of the tour.

Did I mention that Christmas At The Palace is available in ebook, paperback AND Audio now? Did I? Oh, okay. As you were.

Christmas At The Palace – now in paperback. With sparkles

 

Christmas At The Palace is out in paperback! If you see it a shop (Hopefully, you’ll spot it in Asda…) please take a photo! I’d love to see the book out in the wild.

In case you were wondering what it’s about (it’s not like I’ve been going on about it for months, right?) -A British- SriLankan doctor falls in love with a Prince, which is brilliant, until she realises that she has to give up the job that she loves. Oh, and everyone isn’t keen on someone non-white joining the royal family.  The book follows their romance (which first came out as A Royal Wedding), up to their first Christmas as Sandringham.

It’s the first book that has come out under my real name – and it’s SO STRANGE seeing my actual name on a book cover.

I shall head out in a minute to go buy the traditional book release day treat of a pot of ice cream and some Lego.

I’m so excited!

[If you bought A Royal Wedding in ebook and are having trouble updating it to get Christmas At The Palace – I know there are some issues. The publisher (Bonnier) are working on it!]

Belonging – even more reviews

Book cover for Belonging small town romance

Here are some more reviews for Belonging. This little book is getting so much love, I’m overwhelmed.

“The characters are wonderful. The story is true to life. I recommend picking up your own copy.” A Soccermom’s Book Blog

“gave me all the feels and exceeded my expectations… hands down, a five star read.” Touch My Spine Book Reveiws

“It may only be a shortish book but it carries so much charm, emotion and understanding.” Ali the Dragon Slayer

“This book is full of drama and emotion with a little bit of romance too.” Coffee and Kindle Book Reviews

“I read this book in one sitting and didn’t even have a cuppa in between. Loved it.” Six Tinder Weeks

“A beautifully told tale about bereavement and letting go.” Against The Flow Press

Want to check it out and see for yourself? Buy Belonging now! (It’s free in Kindle Unlimited)

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Belonging – more reviews

Here are some more reviews from when Belonging went on tour with Rachel’s Random Resources. They are so lovely.

“A short story that will leave you entertained, enlightened and reaching to make that call to a friend or love one who you haven’t spoken to in a while. ” Hayley Reviews 10

“The romance was sweet and emotional… and the ending to this little gem of a story was absolute perfection!” Audio Killed the Bookmark

“… an uplifting story which shows its best to open up and share your grief and deal with in head on” That Thing She Reads

“Rhoda Baxter gives her readers a deeper insight into the grieving process in this witty, heartfelt novella!” Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews

“My heart broke for Niamh.” Dash Fan Book Reviews

“A lovely heart warming read … Would definitely recommend, but don’t forget the tissues!” Stardust Book Reviews

 

Why not check out Belonging and see if you agree with the reviews?

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Belonging – so many reviews!

Book cover for Belonging small town romance

Belonging went on tour with the fabulous crew from Rachel’s Random Resources. After a brilliant week, there are now lots of reviews. This book is a little darker than my usual books, so I was a bit worried about how it would be received. I needn’t have worried. Here are just some of the reviews from the tour. The words ’emotional’ and ‘heartwarming’ come up a lot:

“This is a quick read, but really packs an emotional punch.” The Book Review 

“It is an emotive, contemporary family drama and romance, with a lovely ending to leave you with a smile on your face.” “I enjoyed it so much that I went to look at other books by this author “ Splashes Into Books

“Second chances, new beginnings and a heartwarming vibe make this book extra special!”  Rae Reads

“The story is not just a quick chick lit read it is quite emotional at times and has some real added depth that made it stand out for me.” Donna’s Book Blog

“A lovely and emotional story.”  B for Book Review

More reviews tomorrow.

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New Release announcement! Belonging is out now!

Book cover for Belonging small town romance

Belonging is finally out in the world! It’s on Kindle only at the moment and it’s on spesh for 99p/99c for a few days. It’s more women’s fiction than rom com, this book, although there are a couple of jokes in it (as always). I hope you enjoy it.

 

It’s only been out a few hours, but here’s what people are saying about it:Book cover for Belonging small town romance

As well as being a lovely romance with a HEA it is also a very good story about family, love and honesty.” Amazon review

There’s so much heart in this little story of second chances” Amazon review

(I) loved how although the two women had barely met before, they were able to take comfort from each others acquaintance.” Amazon review

There only a few reviews at the moment, so if you do read it, please, please post a review.

 

She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?

Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost lover. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.

Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.

As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.

But with attraction comes guilt.

Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?

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