Monday 16 June 2014

Book Promo, Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Spell of Summer (Once Times Thrice Romance Series) by Dianna Hardy

Today, I am extremely pleased to start off The Spell of Summer Blog Tour, showcasing author Dianna Hardy's newest book, The Spell of Summer (Once Times Thrice series), which is a contemporary romance with a touch of magic.
Please check it out! It is fantastic!!! Oh, and enter the giveaway below too!!!

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Words can change everything, but can they change your destiny? 

Meredith is leading a straight-laced life in London with her straight-laced fiancé, determined to forget her reckless, wild-child past. They're about to get married.

Jamie is an old, poetic soul with a broken heart returning home to Cornwall to get his life back in order.

What binds them?

One chance meeting thirteen summers ago; one innocent spell spoken after one perfect night...

And now history is unravelling; the past and present, merging...

Words can change everything, but can they change your destiny?

And in the messy world of magic, what part does love play?

It's summer all over again, but the spell has only just begun.

Full length, contemporary romantic fiction, written in British English.


The Spell of SummerThe Spell of Summer by Dianna Hardy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the first book in a new romance series by this author. I LOVED IT!

Meredith Goodwill (Merri to her friends) is a wonderful character. She is an accountant and lives in London. She suffers from panic attacks, but is braver than she knows. I liked this character a lot. She has a big heart, but it was damaged when her father left. Now about to marry, Merri finds her past and present collide when an old flame comes back into her life.

James (Jamie) Corbin is a marine biologist, coming home to Cornwall after a broken relationship in Australia. However, he can't forget the girl he met on the edge of a cliff 13 summers before.

This is a fantastic contemporary romance.This story is certainly different to the author's other paranormal series, as there are no shape shifters or magical beings, but there is magic. I started to read the story, and quickly found myself entranced. I was drawn into the story and I struggled to put the book down. I was whisked away into an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I loved meeting Merri's best friend, Candice North (Candy for short). She is a free spirit and, although not as wild as Merri was as a teenager, fun to be around. It was interesting to see how she had matured from a reckless teen into a woman with secrets.
There are a few other interesting characters in the story, which were brought to life with their imperfections. I found myself reaching for a tissue or two as I read the story, as some of the characters have pasts and presents that touched me deeply. The story is not only told from the view points of Merri and Jamie, but also a few other characters too. I loved this, as it allowed me to see and feel what they did. Merri and Jamie fairly smolder together, and the heat between them was rather palpable. I found this story was peppered with pearls of wisdom. I don't normally put quotes in my reviews, but I couldn't not put this one in: "Love finds you, not the other way around, and you can't run from it." This is just one of many that have actually struck a chord in me. I also loved the wasp-stung ice cream scene; it made me giggle. I love little Rebecca, she is so adorable! The end of the story has a slight twist, and now I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Dianna Hardy has written a wonderful contemporary romance with a paranormal twist. I loved the fast pace and flow of the story. I am a huge fan of this author's work. Her characters are lifelike, likable, and sexy.

As this story has a few scenes of a sensual nature that are a bit on the explicit side, I do not recommend this book to readers under 17. However, I highly recommend this book if you love contemporary or paranormal romance. - Lynn Worton

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The Spell of Summer Blog Tour

Stop 1: An introduction

I've enjoyed writing my fantasy books and trying to make them as “real” as possible. Now, I wanted to write a real story, but also make it as magical as possible.

The Spell of Summer is a story about second chances, unconditional love, having trust, forgiveness and overcoming obstacles. This will be the theme throughout the whole Once Times Thrice series, which will follow the lives of six people.

In book one, we focus mainly on Meredith and her journey with Jamie … with the help of a little magic J

Defined as Practical Magic meets a Nicholas Sparks novel, written
'Dianna Hardy-style' - do not miss this summer's must-read story!


Win yourself a signed paperback copy and a signed promo card! All you have to do is follow the instructions in the rafflecopter below.

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Release date: 17th June 2014

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Author Bio

Dianna Hardy is the international bestselling author of The Witching Pen series, and the Eye Of The Storm series. She writes paranormal / urban fantasy and contemporary fiction that's twisted in plot, big on the romance, high on the erotic, with a dusting of humour. She currently lives in Surrey (United Kingdom) with her partner and their daughter, where she writes full-time.

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