Friday, 27 November 2015

My Christmas Reads: Guest Post by Jaimie Admans

Why oh why doesn’t Christmas last longer? Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of the festive season. It can’t come early enough for me – as soon as October sets in, out come the Christmas socks and jumpers while I search desperately through my TV for a channel showing a hint of a Christmas film or playing a bit of Christmas music. I develop a dependence on the 24-hour internet radio stations that thankfully play festive tunes all year round. One of the biggest reasons behind my eagerness to get started on the festive season is so I can also get started on my festive reading list. It’s a reading list that seems to grow every year as more Christmassy books are released, and ones that I didn’t find time to read last year are carried over, and the truth is I could read Christmas books all year round and never make a dent in my festive to-read list! So each year I choose the ones that sound the absolute best (a difficult task as pretty much every Christmas book sounds amazing to me!) and make sure they’re on the front page of my Kindle, and every year I snuggle up in bed with a mug of hot chocolate and one of the Christmas channels on the TV beside me, and lose myself in Christmassy goodness!

A Boy Called Christmas – Matt Haig

The Accidental Guest (Once Upon a Winter series, Book 1) – Tilly Tennant

The Mince Pie Mix-Up – by a certain Jennifer Joyce!

The Little Bookshop on the Seine – Rebecca Raisin

Christmas at Lilac Cottage and Snowflakes on Silver Cover – Holly Martin

How to Stuff Up Christmas – Rosie Blake

A Christmas Tail – Cressida McLaughlin

There are many, many more Christmas books I want to read than this little list, but we’d be here until next Christmas if I tried to list them all, these are just my 2015 must-reads!

I’m also a festive writer this year, as I have a novella featured in Carina’s anthology Christmas Wish Come True.

My story is the last in the book, it’s called Christmas Every Day, and it’s about Emma - her life is pretty dull and the highlight of her day is saying hello to Gorgeous Dog Walker, a man she passes when she takes her dog out each night. She doesn’t even know his name, but all that changes when she (accidentally!) pushes him under a bus and he ends up in a coma, and Emma finds herself taking over his very unusual job and learning the secret of his very unusual identity!

It’s a story that’s had a couple of different titles and gone through a lot of changes over the past couple of years, but I’m so pleased it will finally be out in the world on December 4th, and bundled in with two other lovely festive stories to warm your Christmas cockles!

And as we speak, I’m supposed to be writing next year’s Christmas novel, but I’m procrastinating (again!) by thinking about all the lovely Christmas books out this year – again!

Happy Christmas reading, everyone!

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Jaimie is a 30-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea, and watching horror movies. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she sounds like a dying hyena. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots. She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She has been writing for years but has only recently plucked up the courage to tell anyone. She is the author of romantic comedy Kismetology and young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Mince Pie Mix-Up Playlist

I love Christmas music, so it was such a joy to put together the playlist for The Mince Pie Mix-Up. I’ve listed my chosen songs below but I’ve also put together the playlist on Spotify, which you can listen to using the Spotify box below. So grab a mince pie and a mug of hot chocolate and let’s get our Christmas on!

1. The Christmas Song (Bing Crosby)

2. Step Into Christmas (Elton John)

3. All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey)

4. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Lady Antebellum)

5. Jingle Bell Rock (Daryll Hall & John Oates)

6. Fairytale of New York (Kirsty McColl & The Pogues)

7. Last Christmas (Wham!)

8. Walking In A Winter Wonderland (Bing Crosby)

9. Merry Christmas Everybody (Slade)

10. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (Wizzard)

11. Driving Home For Christmas (Chris Rea)

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About The Book

‘I wish I could live your life. I’d happily swap lives with you.’

’Tis the season to be jolly but for Calvin and Judy the usual festive bickering has already begun! Judy’s convinced that her husband has it easy – no glittery wrapping paper, no playground gossip and absolutely no Christmas baking.

Calvin wishes he could trade in his obnoxious boss and dull nine-to-five job to spend more time kicking back with his kids – how hard can Judy’s life really be?

But after a magical mince pie mix-up, one thing’s for certain – by Christmas Day, life for Judy and Calvin will never be the same again. Perhaps the grass isn’t always greener after all…

The Mince Pie Mix-Up is available from Amazon and other e-tailers now

If you've read the book, I'd love to hear what you thought. You can leave a review here

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Time To Get Bundled Up Again!

It's so cold, I'm bundled up again. Carina have created another cosy bundle, with The Mince Pie Mix-Up nestled up with two more festive reads.

Snuggle up with not one, not two, but three fabulous festive romances this holiday season!

Wish Upon A Christmas Cake by Darcie Boleyn

When Katie Warham wished for the best Christmas ever, she never expected her ex-boyfriend Sam to turn up on her doorstep! But as the snow begins to fall, Katie begins to wonder…could her Christmas wish actually come true?

What Happens at Christmas… by T.A. Williams

Men have always been off the cards for high-flying Holly, but there’s something about mysterious writer, Jack, that has her re-thinking her three-date rule. And with only a few days until Christmas, there’s magic in the air…anything could happen!

The Mince Pie Mix-Up by Jennifer Joyce

’Tis the season to be jolly, yet for Calvin and Judy the usual festive bickering has already begun! But after a magical mince pie mix-up, one thing’s for certain – by Christmas Day, life will never be the same again…
Once Upon A Christmas is available from Amazon now

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

#AmWriting - I promise

I haven't updated my #AmWriting posts since September but I have been writing, I promise.

I've been a busy (writing) bee since the last post, finishing and posting my Halloween short story, The Ghost of Halloween Past (which you can read here or view all my short stories), publishing The Mince Pie Mix-Up and writing a new festive short story, which I'll be sharing on the blog soon. It's set in The Green Teapot, which will be familiar if you've read The Mince Pie Mix-Up!

As well as all that, I completed my 'Delilah' book, which will be published by Carina around March(ish) 2016. I love my main character, Delilah James and I can't wait to share her with you. I'll keep you updated on covers and blurbs etc as soon as possible. I have no idea what the cover is going to be like so I'm looking forward to having a peek!

I'm also still working away at my next book (I told you I've been busy writing). This first draft is a bit slow-going but I'll get there, word by word. At the moment I'm around 25,000 words in so I've made a good start. Hopefully that number will have grown by my next #AmWriting update!

Monday, 23 November 2015

I'm Bundled Up This Christmas!

And I'm not just talking hats, scarves and gloves (although they are present every time I leave the house - brr). No, I'm talking about a festive book bundle of Carina authors. Three festive books have been bundled up to create Under The Mistletoe.

Three sparkling Christmas stories in one, perfect for an evening keeping warm in front of the fire

Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge

The festive season wasn’t looking too bright for Kimmy Jones, newly single – and homeless – she needed some luck this Christmas! Then, as winter closes in, she lands a gorgeous temporary home and her dream of starting a cupcake company begins to come true. It seems like Kimmy might just get everything she wished for this Christmas – all except for oh-so-handsome handyman Luke…

The Mince Pie Mix-Up by Jennifer Joyce

’Tis the season to be jolly, yet for Calvin and Judy the usual festive bickering has already begun! But after a magical mince pie mix-up, one thing’s for certain – by Christmas Day, life will never be the same again! Perhaps the grass isn’t always greener after all…

Baby It’s Cold Outside by Kerry Barrett

Snow is in the air, but all Esme and Jamie can think about is their romantic wedding…that is until an avalanche seals off their mountain hometown from the outside world. Esme will need all the Christmas magic she can get to pull off her dream wedding, but will they make it to the church on time?

Under The Mistletoe is available from Amazon now

Sunday, 22 November 2015

A Chat With... B R Maycock

Can you tell us about your book?

It Started With A Snub is a romantic comedy which tells the story of a quirky, happy go lucky twenty-something named Heather as she moves in with four guys, much to the disgust of her boyfriend Graham. It concentrates on each of them and all of them with ups, downs, laughs and shocks galore!

What was your inspiration for It Started With A Snub?

One night while I was binge-watching ‘Friends,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother’ the guys jumped into my head and wouldn’t leave until I started putting them down on paper!

What has been your greatest experience since publishing your book?

I’d probably say it was receiving an email from a stranger asking would I think about doing a sequel and saying that some of the characters had jumped into her head a few times when she was reading other books. It really is true that you write just because you have a story or some people in your head that you want to get out, and you hope that others will like them too, but to see it in an eamail or hear it is just something else :) :) :)

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Read all around you, it really is reflected in your writing and it teaches you so much. When you’ve ‘finished’ take a step away from it all to let you see it with a new perspective (as long as possible, even months, you can be working away on other things in the background but you need a complete break from the actual piece). Never ever ever self edit unless you’re a qualified editor, you won’t know what you’re looking for. Oh and enjoy it all, that’s why you’re doing it (shuts up and jumps off pedestal)!!!

What was the first book you ever bought yourself?

Definitely would have been a Saddle Club book by Bonnie Bryant, I was a horse addict when I was younger!

What was the last book you read?

Dream A Little Dream by Giovanni Fletcher (would highly recommend!)

Finally, what are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a book that is the continuation of a short story I wrote for one of the Imagine Write Inspire anthologies ‘Stop Waiting for Friday’ (Carmel Harrington’s writing group which I’m lucky enough to be in) anthology. It’s about a young single mother trying to make it in the working world after she decides it’s time to be a responsible grown up. It’s a romantic comedy with love, friendship and some good old fashioned competition!

You can find out more about B R Maycock and her book on:


BRMaycock’s book blog




Saturday, 21 November 2015

My Festive Reads: Carole Colbert
Today I'm delighted to welcome Carole Colbert from Carole's Book Corner, who will be sharing some of the festive reads she's enjoyed recently.
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I love a good Christmassy read, curling up by the fire while the cold winds are howling outside and the snow or rain is falling.  They really put me in the festive spirit during the cold winter months.  Here are some recent book reviews that are set around Christmas time ..... they're not all feel-good stories but most of them are.

What are some of your favourite festive reads?

A year to forget .... the perfect escape ..... and a little Christmas magic

One of my favourite Christmas reads



A sparkling collection of short stories based around the guests staying in a hotel over Christmas

I don't normally enjoy short stories but I loved these!




Her heart was frozen ...... this winter can love melt it once and for all .... ?

Another fabulous yuletide read set around a Christmas Theme Park



For some, Christmas can be murder .......

A brilliantly chilling and clever psychological thriller set around the 12 days of Christmas



Her man is gone by she'll stay strong for her family this Christmas

An easy read, set over several Christmases during the war years



Christmas is coming but not everyone is looking forward to it .....

A wonderful feel good story



A love story to warm your heart

This is my no.1 favourite Christmas read .... with a mystery, a cute puppy and a brilliant story and characters .... fabulous!

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You can find out more about Carole on her blog or on Twitter

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