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5 Books That Inspired Me by Sabine Barclay [Xpresso Book Tours]

Last Updated on June 25, 2023 by Louisa

We’re pleased to be hosting the Bratva Beauty by Sabine Barclay book tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours today where we’ll be sharing a guest post by the author.

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About the Book:

  • Title: Bratva Beauty (The Ivankov Brotherhood, #4)
  • Author: Sabine Barclay
  • Published by: Oliver Heber Books
  • Publication date: November 1st 2022
  • Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mafia, Romance
  • Find it at: Amazon
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She can pretend not to notice…

They say I’m the best looking in my family. I couldn’t care less.

But her…She takes my breath away.

Not everyone sees her the way I do. That’s fine by me because she’s mine.

I pity those who think they can come between us.

I won’t stop until she’s at my side. Mine to touch. Mine to love. Mine to push to her limits then bring her back.

She’s my everything. She’s my soulmate.

Bratva Beauty is an interconnecting, standalone Dark Mafia Romance with a HEA and no cliffhanger. It contains extra-steamy scenes that will make your toes curl and your granny blush. This is book four in The Ivankov Brotherhood, a six-book series that’ll keep you warm at night.

5 Books That Inspired Me by Sabine Barclay

It’s hard to pick five books that inspired me, but I can tell you several authors who have.

My friend, Victoria Vale, wrote a Mafia book that was part of a multi-author series. It’s called Marrying the Mobster: Leave Me Breathless (American Gangsters). I loved it, so I read a few more books in the series.

Then another author friend suggested Sophie Lark, so I read several of hers next.

Then I jumped to Jane Henry, Bianca Cole, Jagger Cole, and Maggie Cole. I gobbled up all their books and spent three weeks bingeing.

I read a book a day, sometimes even two.

By the first week of January (2022), I knew I wanted to start writing Mafia along with my Historicals (as Celeste Barclay).

I decided I would release the first one just before the 4th of July holiday (2022), and I did.

I’m absolutely loving writing these, and I can’t wait to write more.

I love how much freedom I have with contemporary romances.

My characters can swear and make raunchy jokes whenever I want them to. The sex scenes are scorching and on the kinky side.

And I love adding in twists and turns that readers might not expect to keep them wondering who the villain is in each book. And I’m including a pet in each book!

It’s been a lot of fun to work in some comedic moments in otherwise rather dark stories, and animals help. 

It’s been wonderful discovering this genre through a fellow author friend and now making new friends who write the same thing as I do. I love reading and writing it.


Tour-wide giveaway. The competition ends on November 10th, 2022.

  • 2x paperback copies of Bratva Beauty (US only)
  • 3x ebook copies of Bratva Beauty (INT)
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About the Author:

Sabine Barclay, a nom de plume also writing Historical Romance as Celeste Barclay, lives near the Southern California coast with her husband and sons.

Growing up in the Midwest, Sabine enjoyed spending as much time in and on the water as she could. Now she lives near the beach.

She’s an avid swimmer, a hopeful future surfer, and a former rower.

Before becoming a full-time author, Sabine was a Social Studies and English teacher.

She holds degrees in International Affairs (BA), Secondary Social Science (MAT), and Political Management (MPS).

She channels that knowledge into creating engrossing contemporary romances that will make your toes curl and your granny blush.

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Tour Schedule:

October 31st
The Avid Reader >> Interview
Books We Love >> Review
Wolfesbooks >> Review

November 1st
rosad_1983 >> Review
Natasha Brooks’ Favorite Books >> Interview
Echoing Books >> Excerpt
Reading Rebel Reviews  >> Review

November 2nd
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm >> Excerpt
Crazy Kalm >>Review
Celticlady’s Reviews >> Excerpt
SplendeurCaisseBooks >> Excerpt

November 3rd
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt
–Epic Book Society >> Guest Post
Brandi Danielle Davis >> Review

November 4th
Stephanie’s Book Reports  >> Review
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author >> Excerpt
So Many Books, So Little Time >> Excerpt

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About Louisa Smith

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Louisa is the Founder, Editor, and Head Honcho of Epic Book Society. She was born and raised in the United Kingdom and graduated from the University for the Creative Arts with a degree in Journalism. Louisa began her writing career at the age of 7 when her poetry was published in an anthology of poems to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Upon graduating university, she spent several years working as a journalist writing about books before transitioning to become a Primary School Teacher. Louisa loves all genres of books, but her favorites are Sci-Fi, Romance, Fantasy, and Young Adult Fiction. Read more Louisa's story here.

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