Monday, 20 October 2014

Cover Reveal: One Hundred Christmas Proposals by Holly Martin

 

The eagerly anticipated follow-up to One Hundred Proposals.

If you thought Harry & Suzie’s life couldn't get anymore sweepingly romantic than Harry asking her to marry him at the end of One Hundred Proposals – think again!

It’s Christmas in a snow-kissed London, and the.PerfectProposal.com have vowed to carry out one hundred proposals in December. No easy task at the best of times - made even more complicated by Harry & Suzie trying to plan their first Christmas and a visit from the dreaded in-laws. But one hundred deliciously Christmassy proposals later they find themselves asking if everything is still perfect in their own relationship…

Welcome back to the divinely warm world of One Hundred Proposals – with a sprinkling of pure, joyful, festive magic.

Have yourself a very merry Christmas indeed with Holly Martin’s Christmas novella. 
 
Available to pre-order now
 

Friday, 17 October 2014

#AmWriting Nothing

 
 
Last month, I was writing lots but at the moment I'm in between projects. I've just finished planning Book 4, which is really early as I won't start writing it for quite a few months yet but I learned from Book 3 that I need a bit of breathing space between the planning stage and the first draft. With Book 3 I spent a whole month planning the book and then decided it wasn't going the way I wanted it to and had to start from scratch again. Luckily I hadn't started writing it yet otherwise I'd have been pretty miffed!
 
So Book 4 is planned (for now?) but I won't be telling you the title just yet - mostly because it doesn't have one. Not even a working title as I'm really struggling with naming it. I'm not going to panic just yet about that because, like I said, I won't be writing it for a while yet and there'll be several drafts so there'll be plenty of time to come up with one.
 
I'm having a little writing break now but in November I'll be starting the first draft of a Christmas novella that I'll hopefully be releasing next year. I'll tell you a bit more about it nearer the time!
 
Next month I'll be writing my festive short story. I'm writing a festive sequel to a previous short story and you can help decide which one by voting here by 31st October.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Guest Post: Rachel Naples


Getting divorced was the inspiration behind my book ‘Dirty Laundry.’ I was married to ‘the man of my dreams.’ Now, that phrase makes me cringe! Clearly, I would not make a good a romance novelist!

My divorce was nasty and worse, it felt like the whole world was watching. Okay, so I sometimes have a flair for the dramatic. The whole world wasn’t watching, but hey, it felt that way as our dirty laundry got hung out to dry. It left me feeling betrayed and angry and when the dust began to settle, I wondered how I could create something of value out of something that had been so painful. 

But it wasn’t just my divorce that led me to writing my book; it was looking back a decade or so later that made me realize how lucky I was NOT to be married to him anymore. I felt so much gratitude that I literally got on my knees and thanked the Universe. From where I stood, that was a story that needed to be told because I know a lot of women (and men) who are still upset, feeling like they got the short end of the stick in their divorces. Here’s the kicker; my ex husband gave me more by leaving than he ever did by staying. 

I’m a comedy writer but my secret weapon is transformation; and at the end of the day, that’s what matters to me. I believe we learn best when we don’t know we’re learning (thank you Tony Robbins) and story is a powerful way to do that. So what if I could help someone suddenly feel grateful instead of pissed off? Like, Oh God, I’m getting divorced, but thank God I don’t have to tolerate his emotional unavailability anymore. Now that’s something to think about, yes? And definitely something to be grateful for!

I’d just finished a chick flick for Paramount called ‘Shopping for Boys.’ We had our director and actresses in place. We were ready to go, when it all fell apart. To say it was soul crushing could not begin to describe how I felt. When I picked up myself off the floor (yes, I was really on the floor and not on my knees thanking the Universe), I decided I’d take matters into my own hands and write a book; and the best part? Nobody could tell me I couldn’t. And ’Dirty Laundry’ was born.  

 
Dirty Laundry is available from Amazon now
 
You can find Rachel on Twitter @RachelNaples1 or email dirtylaundrybook@gmail.com
 
 
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Blog Tour: Humbugs and Heartstrings by Catherine Ferguson

Today I'm pleased to be taking part in the blog tour of Catherine Ferguson's Humbugs and Heartstrings with a review.

 
Bobbie hates working for her miserly boss, Carol. They were once best friends but now Carol is bad-tempered and ruthless when it comes to her cleaning business, Spit and Polish. Bobbie and Carol were once so close and Bobbie hopes that one day they can mend their fractured friendship but that doesn't seem possible, especially when they meet Charlie, a charming hotelier who they both take an interest in.
 
Humbugs and Heartstrings is a humorous festive tale of love and friendship that had me giggling almost immediately. Bobbie isn't very happy with her life. She feels stuck in her job, she has no real social life and she needs to scrimp and save to pay for an operation for her little brother. She couldn't be more different to Carol who is bossy and mean-spirited. Despite Carol's unpleasantness, I thought she was a fantastic character and I loved her penny-pinching ways. I also really liked Charlie and the bond he quickly forms with Bobbie.
 
There are so many great characters in the book, from Bobbie, Carol and Charlie to Bobbie's slightly flaky mum and her friend, Bunty. The book isn't overly festive but it is full of warmth and charm and a hefty dose of fun and humour. I was interested to find out what had happened between Bobbie and Carol to destroy their once close friendship and I wondered whether they would ever be able to put their past aside and get back to the friends they had once been. I liked the little references to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol which are sprinkled throughout the novel and hoped that this would mean Carol would see the errors of her way and change for the better!
 
I thought Humbugs and Heartstrings was a lovely, heart warming romantic comedy and I enjoyed it very much.
 


Monday, 13 October 2014

Book Extras: Introducing Clementine & Martine

 
 My second book, Everything Changes But You is out now so I thought I would put together some book extras.

Last time I introduced Ally and next up are Clementine and Martine:


Clementine isn’t your average character – she isn’t a human being for a start. Clementine is a magical guardian-angel-type-being who grants wishes. While Clementine can be sweet, she also has a wicked sense of humour and likes to tease. She’s pretty new to the granting wishes game, so things don’t always go to plan.

Book Quote:

Her skin was unearthly in its paleness but she had bright blue eyes, ruddy cheeks and ruby lips, which were stretched into a smile as she observed Ally from the middle of the sitting room. Her strawberry blonde hair was twisted into a thick plait that reached the base of her spine.


Martine is a human being, but she isn’t always a pleasant one. She is vain and vacuous and quite often vindictive. Martine likes to drink, dance and flirt above all else and doesn’t feel complete unless she is with a man. To Martine, life is all about appearances. She knows what she wants and will do anything to get it, no matter who gets hurt in the process.

Book Quote:

Martine pulled a face as she plonked herself back down on the sofa. ‘I know. It sucks, doesn’t it? Can you imagine if we did get together? I’d be a stepmother.’ She gave a shudder. ‘Gross. And we’d never get rid of his wife. She’d always be hanging around, wouldn’t she?
‘It’s the sacrifice you have to make when you go after married men.’ Ally was being sarcastic but Martine gave a sage nod.
‘That’s true. But he’ll be worth it, won’t he?’


Ally is about to meet both Clementine and Martine and when she does, her life will never be the same again.


Everything Changes But You is available from Amazon here

Don't forget you can add the book to Goodreads or view the Pinterest board

Friday, 10 October 2014

Calling All Festive Book Lovers!

 
 
I know, I know, it's only October but next month I'll be starting a new feature - My Festive Reads - and I'd love it if some other book bloggers (or simply book lovers) or authors took part too! I'd love to hear about your favourite festive reads or, if you're an author, all about your Christmassy books with a guest post.
 
Guest post topics can include:
  • Your favourite festive read
  • The festive reads you're looking forward to this year
  • Your festive reading list
  • Your top 5 or even top 10 festive reads of all time
  • Your favourite festive covers
  • Your favourite place to read during the winter months
Or feel free to be creative with your own ideas. As long as it's festive and involves books - I want to hear about it!
 
If you're an author and you have a festive book out or one about to be released, get in touch too! You can share the inspiration behind your story or why you chose to write a festive tale or any research for your book. Again, feel free to be creative!
 
I'm going to be running the feature from November through to Christmas, so do get in touch if you'd like a slot.
 
What to do:
  • send your guest post to me at jenniferjoycewrites@gmail.com
  • include any images you'd like to go with the post
  • don't forget to include any links to you and your social media that you'd like adding
  • if you like, you can add a short bio to go at the end of post along with your links
We can then arrange a date for posting!
 
If you'd like to join in but would rather not write a guest post, I can send some festive-themed questions for you to answer instead. Just let me know you're interested in taking part with a Q&A at jenniferjoycewrites@gmail.com and I'll email them over.
 


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Cover Stars: Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon

 
Every month I choose my favourite cover from my TBR pile. Feel free to comment or add your own suggestions for ‘Cover Stars’.
 
 
Sometimes you have to step out of the light to see clearly again…

Bronte never expected to see Alex after their one night together, but she never stopped thinking of him. So when she arrives at work one day to find that Alex is a new colleague, she is secretly thrilled. The only problem is that Alex is now engaged to Zara, the girl he was on a break from the night they met.

 Determined to move on with life, Bronte becomes a part-time wedding photographer, alongside her day job. Surrounded by loving couples, warring couples, tearful bridesmaids, mischievous pageboys and interfering mothers-in-law, she tries to navigate her way through wedding after wedding while her heart is being torn apart. 

 As Alex's own wedding day draws ever nearer, Bronte and Alex's chemistry becomes harder to ignore, and Bronte must decide whether to fight for the man she loves, or to let him go forever.
 
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I like when books have a brand so that you can tell just by having a quick glance at the cover who they are by and Paige Toon's books are the perfect example. Each cover is different but has the same style.
 
Thirteen Weddings has such a lovely, romantic feel to it with the confetti falling from the top and the church in the background. I like how the colour of the confetti mirrors the flowers in the bottom corners of book, creating a gorgeous frame of pinks, blues and oranges. The cover is so pretty, it has me itching to pick the book up and discover the tale inside!
 
 
Click here to see all 'Cover Stars'