Release Blitz: When We Were Ghosts by E.J. Phillips

When We Were Ghosts | E.J. Phillips

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Release Date: October 20th, 2020

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When We Were Ghosts will be reduced to $0.99 on Amazon from October 20-22

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HWW2X57

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Were-Ghosts-J-Phillips-ebook/dp/B08HWW2X57

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Blurb

Gemma’s a loner, but she’s got her twin brother Alex, so who really cares, right? When you’re a twin, you’re never alone.

Then, one day, she doesn’t have Alex anymore. Instead, she has a ghost named Eve and her brother’s dickhead friends for company—and one desperate plan.

They’re going to get Alex back.

It just means catching the Wild Hunt, convincing the fae to give them an Undying heart, and chasing down the elusive spirit of her dead brother first. Simple.

Falling in love with a ghost wasn’t in the plan. But sometimes you have to veer off track before you find what you’re searching for.

A haunting novel about grief, loss, and finding your way home.

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Excerpt

“This is important,” she finally said. Because it was, in a distant, muffled sort of way.

Eve’s brow furrowed. “What could be more important than resurrecting your brother?”

In the rear-view mirror, Alex’s reflection gazed out the window, muttering silently to himself as he leant his forehead against the glass and watched the horses in the paddocks. Gemma stared at the window, willing it to fog up before her brother’s lips, but it didn’t. She took a deep breath and turned her attention back to the road, breathing out slowly and watching the windscreen shimmer with a hint of condensation as her breath hit it. It felt like this moment would never end, caught as it was between death and life, before and after. Amongst the three of them sitting there, all sides were represented: life, death, and the unknown that rested in between.

But this moment would end. Life called to her, and with it, obligation.

She cleared her throat. “His funeral.”

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About the Author

E.J. Phillips (also known as Ellen Jane) is an Australian indie author of wlw romance. She loves writing about LGBTQ women who experience complex lives, emotions, needs, and desires. Her books are written for people who crave love stories where friendship is just as important as romance, and who want to experience cosy warmth with a hint of mystery, magic, and emotion.

You can find her writing under two pen names: Ellen Jane and E.J. Phillips. If you like light, cosy wlw romance suffused with magic and mystery, Ellen Jane is the pen name for you. If you prefer something a little heavier, and you like your wlw romance tinged with magic and tender angst, E.J. Phillips is the one you want.

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Lacuna hit all my fantasy high notes perfectly

55703944._SY475_Lacuna by N.R. Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, that was a cracker!

I absolutely adore fantasy, it’s my first love and I’m always really happy to see more authors in the MM genre writing it.

With Lacuna, Nic does an excellent job of not only creating a fully immersive world, but bedding a romance into the heart of the narrative.

The premise is simple, four kingdoms, four rulers, one rare event requiring them all to gather, then betrayal and threat from outside forces. But it’s the way she then weaves the culture of her creation into the story which worked so well for me.

Crow, King of the Northlands, and Tancho, King of the Westlands, couldn’t be more opposite if they tried. There are influences in their Kingdoms from our own cultures, the Northlands are icy and vaguely Scandinavia, the Westlands are all watery and heavily evocative of Japanese culture.

An unexpected event at the gathering of these four rulers forces Crow and Tancho together and theirs is a sort of “enemies” to lovers romance.

They were never actual enemies but there’s animosity at first, which slowly, because of circumstances, turns into mutual admiration and respect – and a possibly slightly unhealthy dose of jealousy which provides a lot of the humour in the story.

With a wonderful cast of supporting characters, this story races through a complicated, but never confusing, plot involving alchemy, astronomy, a wee bit of magic and a lot of collaboration and bravery.

While the main plot is resolved in this story, there is enough left that I think there could be more to come and I would very much love to read more. Crow and Tancho’s relationship may have originally begun through forces outside their control, but it very much became one of mutual love and trust.

I also loved the other two rulers of the Eastern and Southern Kingdoms, both Elmwood and Samiel (the only Queen) were engaging characters with definite personalities and I’d be very happy to read more about them too.

Definitely one of my favourite books from Nic and I absolutely LOVE the cover.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Kit and Henry’s story is one of loss and longing but ultimately of love

55220895._SY475_Restored by Joanna Chambers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Utter perfection.

This book was everything I hoped it would be and much, much more. Kit Redford has always fascinated me whenever he’s appeared in this series of books from Joanna.

Henry, Duke of Avesbury, we last saw bursting into Simon Reid’s office when he was meeting Murdo and David in The Bequest and in obvious distress.

In this book we find out why. Poor Henry has spent 18 years believing his Christopher was comfortably living in the house he’d bought for him with a yearly stipend and a nice payoff to invest for his future.

Instead, the reader knows Kit has had a traumatic time, glimpses of which we’ve had throughout the Enlightenment series, as he was left alone and vulnerable when Henry was forced to leave him because of a promise to his dying wife.

Henry is such a wonderful man, he is everything you’d ever hope a Duke would be, caring, responsible, willing to do his duty to the best of his ability, and capable of dealing with immeasurable loss and still go on. His is the perfect English stiff upper lip in attitude.

There may be readers who think “but he cheated on his wife?” with Kit. But, it’s more than that. There is an understanding between Henry and his wife because of her own nature, and I really appreciated that she was herself a thoughtful and kind person. She’d been fully complicit in Henry finding himself a lover.

Kit has always been there in the background, the owner of the self-named club where gentlemen of a certain persuasion could come and freely mingle without fear of discovery or exposure.

But there’s always been a sense of him holding something back, there was an air of aloofness amid his joviality and here we finally get the full story of these two men.

With a beautifully written narrative, Joanna gives the reader their journey back, they are Restored not only in each other’s eyes but also in the love that they’ve never lost.

And she does it through a multitude of individual plotlines which weave brilliantly together to create a build up of tension which all comes to a head with a dramatic encounter at a gaming den (and hello Jake Sharp, aren’t you a delicious character!)

This is also wonderfully steamy, the dynamic between Kit and Henry is turned utterly on its head and oh gawd how much did I love seeing Henry willing to do whatever Kit wished?! So, so emotionally vulnerable and chemistry bouncing off the charts.

I won’t go into more detail than I have here, other than to say there wasn’t a bit of this story that didn’t work for me. In actuality, it was the complete opposite, it left me wanting more.

More Kit and Henry, more of Simon Reid, definitely more Jake Sharp.

It also gave me George and Freddy, Henry’s two grown-up sons, and George is just like Henry and oh, how my heart hurt for him. His has clearly been broken and a throwaway comment from his father years before has led to a world of unintended pain, which I really hope Joanna is going to resolve with his own book.

And yes, I’m begging you for that one, Joanna! 😁😉😊

PS: How gorgeous is this cover too?! The Enlightenment series has some of my absolute favourite covers in the genre, such simplicity which evokes not only the time period but the men inside.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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