When I decided to sign up with the fabulous book blogger Rachel Gilbey for a blog tour to celebrate the release of Raving About Rhys, I had it in my mind that it was two years since his release, and reeled slightly when I realised it has been three. Where on earth has that time gone?
Raving About Rhys is a novella, roughly a quarter of the size of each part of the Welcome to Whitsborough Bay trilogy and Bear With Me, so is a lovely quick read for anyone tight on time. I won't tell you all about it as the story behind the story for Rhys will be coming out shortly. This is simply to acknowledge his anniversary and to kick start the blog tour.
Rhys will be visiting three blogs a day, starting today. Some will simply promote him but most will give a review. I'm therefore excited about the tour but also a little anxious. What if they don't love him? What if they don't like him? So far, Rhys has accuulated 44 reviews on Amazon, 33 of which are 5-star and 8 of which are 4-star but there are two 2-star ones and both say they feel more could have been added to it and it wasn't as good as the trilogy. If I'd added more to it, it wouldn't have been a novella, though, and it would never have been written. I'm hoping, therefore, that reviewers will review it on the basis of it being a novella rather than comparing it a more plot-complex novel. Time will tell.
A huge thank you to Rachel for setting up the blog. If you would like to follow her Rachel's Random Reads blog, you can find it here.
Happy anniversary, Rhys xx
Here's the blurb:
Bubbly Callie Derbyshire loves her job as a carer, and can't believe she's finally landed herself a decent boyfriend - older man Tony - who's lasted way longer than the usual disastrous three months. Tony's exactly what she's always dreamed of ... or at least he would be if he ever took her out instead of just taking her to bed. And work would be perfect too if she wasn't constantly in trouble with her boss, The She-Devil Denise.
When the new gardener, Mikey, discovers her in a rather compromising position at work, Callie knows that her days at Bay View Care Home could be numbered. Can she trust him not to tell Denise? If she's issued with her marching orders, who'll look out for her favourite client, Ruby, whose grandson, Rhys, seems to constantly let her down? What does Ruby know about Tony? And what is Denise hiding?
Surrounded by secrets and lies, is there anyone left who Callie can trust?