Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Bookishly Inspired Creative Finds 23 - 29 May

Welcome to another week of beautiful creative finds inspired by my Literary Flits book reviews and spotlight posts. Apologies that this post is a couple of days late - we found ourselves sans wifi! I hope you love discovering these items as much as I enjoyed searching them out. Maybe you'll spot a book or two to tempt you as well?
(If you enjoy these posts, you might also appreciate my Artisan Rainbow blog showcasing a different creative find I love each day and following the colours of the rainbow throughout the week.)
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Myracles in the Void by Wes Dyson + Giveaway + Excerpt


Handmade Recycled Paper by Caitlins Paper
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Paper by Bahiyyah Nakhjavani


Pride And Prejudice Book Bag by Well Read Company
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Dark Blue Waves by Kimberly Sullivan + Giveaway + Excerpt

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The Burly-Que Girls by Linda Hughes + Giveaway + Excerpt


Matisse Inspired Earrings by Project Odditt
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Tangier in the Rain by Fabien Grolleau & Abdel de Bruxelles

As always, Etsy and Oxfam Online links are affiliate links which go straight to each item's shop page. Book titles are linked to their Literary Flits blog posts and Giveaway or Free Book links go to my dedicated giveaways index page, also on Literary Flits.

Saturday, 28 May 2022

Return to Blackwater House by Vikki Patis + Giveaway


Return to Blackwater House by Vikki Patis
Published by Hodder and Stoughton on the 1st March 2022.

How I got this book: Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


You can run from your past, but you can't hide forever...

Rebecca Bray has moved on from a childhood she desperately wants to forget. She has everything she's ever wanted - the perfect fiancé, a loving stepdaughter, a career she's proud of, and now the house of her dreams. But when the family move to the Cornish village where Rebecca grew up, everything she wanted to bury from those years starts to claw at the surface. Then, when her stepdaughter goes missing at a New Year's Eve party, Rebecca must finally face the ghosts of her past - or Ava might never come home safely...

A haunting, atmospheric read full of twists, turns and bumps in the night - perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, Nuala Ellwood and Sophie Draper.

Return To Blackwater House is the fourth of Vikki Patis' books that I have enjoyed. It features a minor character, Kate, from her earlier thriller novel, The Diary, now in a significant role as the Family Liason Officer assigned to Ava's case when the teenager mysteriously disappears from a New Year's sleepover. Other than this link, however, the two novels are standalone stories. I'd highly recommend reading them both!

While I didn't feel that Return to Blackwater House had quite the same degree of tension as The Diary, it is still a cracking good read with an original and convincingly plausible plotline. We see most of the story from Rebecca's perspective with Kate taking over narrating for some chapters. I loved being inside Rebecca's thoughts because she is somewhat of an unreliable narrator and carries a lot of demons from her neglected childhood. Patis deeply explores how our formative experiences shape our adult psychology, and how we often recreate the familiar even when such scenarios are self destructive. The relationship between Rebecca and her husband, Daniel, is brilliantly portrayed and I appreciated how Blackwater House almost becomes a character in its own right. The memories that just being there again dredge up for Rebecca add a great depth to her character and the atmosphere of this isolated place perfectly focuses the tone for this whole novel. There's a strong sense of Cornishness throughout Return To Blackwater House as well - true Cornwall, not just cute holidays!

I don't want to say too much more about this book and then inadvertently spoiler something. The more I think back over the story though, the more enthusiastic I get in remembering how well plotted and written it is. If you enjoy psychological thrillers depicting strong, realistic women then Return To Blackwater House will be a rewarding read.



And now it's time for the Giveaway!

Open to UK postal addresses only, the prize is a paperback copy of Return to Blackwater House by Vikki Patis. Entry is by way of the Gleam widget below.

Return to Blackwater House by Vikki Patis PB giveaway

I will contact the winning entrant by email shortly after the closing date and they will then have seven days to respond with their mailing information. (I will be checking that the winner did complete the winning action!). The prize will be posted directly to the winner from the book's publisher so please be aware that I will need to share address information with them.
Good luck!

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Book Giveaways Roundup

Welcome to the resurgence of my Giveaway Roundup posts!

The list below shows a snapshot of all the current and forthcoming giveaways across my Literary Flits and Stephanie Jane blogs. There's books up for grabs here, plus Amazon gift cards and other prizes. Click the book covers or titles to visit their individual blog posts (after the start date!) to enter.
If you'd like to publicise your own blog's giveaways, drop the link and details in the Comments. 

I'll post another snapshot update here in a few weeks. Keep up to date in the meantime by visiting the Literary Flits Current Giveaways page or by following my Twitter for on-the-day notifications of new giveaways starting!

Mermaid Of Paris by Jincey Lumpkin blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win $20 Amazon gift card and a deluxe swag bag. Open internationally from the 16th to the 26th May.
False Illusions by Jennifer Youngblood blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win a $25 Amazon gift card. Open internationally from the 19th to the 26th May.
River Of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win a $20 Amazon gift card. Open internationally from the 20th to the 26th May.
The Memory Keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win an ebook copy of The Memory Keeper Of Kyiv. Open internationally from the 21st to the 26th May.
Fearless And Friends series by Mother Melania blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win signed copies of the entire Fearless And Friends series. Open to the USA only from the 6th to the 27th May.
What Makes Me ... Me by Anne Baldwin blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win a signed copy of What Makes Me ... Me. Open to the USA only from the 18th to the 27th May.
Myracles In The Void by Wes Dyson blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win a $25 Amazon gift card and an ebook copy of Myracles In The Void. Open internationally from the 25th May to the 2nd June.
Kingdomless by Michelle Garyfalakis blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win a $25 Paypal gift card. Open to the USA only from the 23rd May to the 10th June.
Return To Blackwater House by Vikki Patis blog tour (Stephanie Jane blog): Win a paperback copy of Return To Blackwater House. Open to the UK only from the 28th May to the 11th June.
Alycat And The Cattywampus Wednesday by Alysson Foti Bourque blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win a signed copy of Alycat And The Cattywampus Wednesday. Open to the USA only from the 6th to the 24th June.
Shadow Of Murder by Lauren Carr blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win a $50 Paypal gift card. Open internationally from the 30th March to the 1st July.
Shades Of Murder by Lauren Carr blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win a $50 Paypal gift card. Open internationally from the 5th April to the 1st July.
The Murders At Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr blog tour (Literary Flits blog): Win a $50 Paypal gift card. Open internationally from the 26th April to the 1st July.

Good luck!

Sunday, 22 May 2022

Bookishly Inspired Creative Finds 16 - 22 May

Welcome to another week of beautiful creative finds inspired by my Literary Flits book reviews and spotlight posts. I hope you love discovering these items as much as I enjoyed searching them out. Maybe you'll spot a book or two to tempt you as well!



Vintage Jourdan Mermaid Necklace by Viki Vintage France
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Vintage Carved Wooden Clogs by Mrs Smalls Wonders
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Magic Clogs by Stjepan Varesevac Cobets

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What Makes Me...Me by Anne Baldwin + Giveaway

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False Illusions by Jennifer Youngblood + Giveaway + Excerpt


Abbey Ruins Print by Giant Mousie
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River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor + Giveaway + Excerpt

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The Memory Keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken + Giveaway + Excerpt

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As always, Etsy and Oxfam Online links are affiliate links which go straight to each item's shop page. Book titles are linked to their Literary Flits blog posts and Giveaway or Free Book links go to my dedicated giveaways index page, also on Literary Flits.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Bookishly Inspired Creative Finds 9 - 15 May

Welcome to another week of beautiful creative finds inspired by my Literary Flits book reviews and spotlight posts. I hope you love discovering these items as much as I enjoyed searching them out. Maybe you'll spot a book or two to tempt you as well!


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The Ardent Swarm by Yamen Manai



Reusable Sandwich Wrap by Brierley Field
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Motherhood Love Knot Pendant by Believe Jewellery Shop
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Till A Better World by Nadija Mujagic


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In The Trap by Jessica Cranberry + Giveaway



Mermaid Cuff Bangle by Jewel Ari Designs
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Breathe And Count Back From Ten by Natalia Sylvester



Forager's Perpetual Calendar by Island Wild Food
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Forage In Spring by Robin Harford



St Kilda Beach Travel Poster by Art Of Adventure Shop
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From the Razors Edge by Stjepan DZ Benedict

As always, Etsy, Not On The High Street and Oxfam Online links are affiliate links which go straight to each item's shop page. Book titles are linked to their Literary Flits blog posts and Giveaway or Free Book links go to my dedicated giveaways index page, also on Literary Flits.

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Bookishly Inspired Creative Finds 2 - 8 May

Welcome to another week of beautiful creative finds inspired by my Literary Flits book reviews and spotlight posts. I hope you love discovering these items as much as I enjoyed searching them out. Maybe you'll spot a book or two to tempt you as well!



Walking Stick Self Defence Booklet by An Indian Police Officer
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Murder Out Of The Blue by Steve Turnbull


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Expletives Deleted by Angela Carter



German Shepherd Greetings Card by Loopy Doodle Designs
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Twelve To Murder by Lauren Carr + Giveaway



Cat In A Tree Print by Lucy Begent
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Where There's Doubt by Terry Tyler



Crow Earrings by Juju Treasures
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The Omen of Crows Nest by Cathrina Constantine + Giveaway


Only six creative finds this week because I also blogged my newest WorldReads post - Five Books From Indonesia

As always, Etsy, Not On The High Street and Oxfam Online links are affiliate links which go straight to each item's shop page. Book titles are linked to their Literary Flits blog posts and Giveaway or Free Book links go to my dedicated giveaways index page, also on Literary Flits.