Monday, 29 September 2014

Book Extras: Introducing Ally

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

First up is an introduction to the book's main character, Ally:

Ally Richmond is a soon-to-be thirty-year-old woman who works as an HR Assistant for a coach hire company. She has been with husband Gavin since they were 15 but their views on how their marriage should progress are starting to differ. Gavin wants to start a family, but the thought terrifies Ally. She wants to live a little before they give up their freedom to raise children and feels that time is running out.

Ally works with Kelly and Jason, who she has a teeny tiny little work crush on. She would never actually cheat on Gavin, but it helps to pass the time. She doesn’t get on with Kelly at all and the pair take every opportunity presented to snipe at one another. Ally says she doesn’t like Kelly, but the truth is Ally is jealous of the life Kelly has. Kelly is still young and free to have wild nights out (which she frequently boasts about at the office) and isn’t being pressured to fill her womb with babies.

Ally has a close relationship with her family, especially with her (very slightly) younger sister, Freya. They spend their Tuesday nights in the local pub for karaoke and a glass of wine or two. And this is the extent of Ally’s social life. There are no crazy nights in clubs, no falling out of taxis at the end of the night or dancing until her feet beg for mercy. She has no stories to regale her colleagues with on a Monday morning. Or any other morning.

Ally feels like she’s stuck in a rut, but when she makes a birthday wish that comes true, her life is given a major shake-up and she is finally given the life she covets. But will this equate to a happily ever after? 

Book Quote:

“‘I just need a bit more excitement in my life. I don’t want to end up like Francine, tied down to the kids. She has one night out a week, you know. One lousy night.’

‘It’s better than nothing,’ Gavin pointed out but it only fuelled Ally’s argument.

‘Exactly! I don’t want to settle for “better than nothing”. I want to be free to live.’”
Everything Changes But You is available from Amazon here

Friday, 26 September 2014

#AmWriting Lots

I've got quite a few writing tasks going on at the moment so I thought I would start a new feature: #AmWriting!
I've just published my second book, Everything Changes But You and a day later finished the first draft of Book 3. I didn't write it super-duper quick (imagine if I could write that fast) but I've been working on it for the past few months when Everything Changes was with an editor and between proofreads.
I've now put that draft away (I like to leave some time between draft one and two so I can go back to it with fresh eyes. It also gives me a bit of thinking time away from it to spot any major flaws and things to work on). I'm now planning Book 4 (which is nowhere near close to having a title yet) and also working on my Halloween short story (which does have a title and will be posted here on the blog next month).
As well as those two projects, I'm also thinking about my festive short story for this year. It's a bit difficult to plan yet though as I'm going to write a festive sequel to a previous short story and have left the decision up to my blog readers (you can vote here until 31st October).
I now need a lie down. Writing about all that writing is exhausting!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Giveaway Winner: A Night In With A Film

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway of a 'Night In With A Film' pack or spread the word on Twitter and Facebook.
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Well done, Sharon. I hope you enjoy your prizes!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Writing Book 2 - Part 9

The End
So that's it. Book 2 aka Everything Changes But You has been written, edited and published. It is now 'out there' all on its own, telling Ally's story.
To celebrate, I hosted a couple of giveaways on publication day and my husband had secretly ordered me a cake made in the shape of a book with my cover on it. It's the closest I've come to owning an actual physical copy of one of my books!
The weekend before publication, my family and I went out for a meal to celebrate (it was actually a joint celebration for publishing my book, my husband's birthday and our wedding anniversary - we were determined to get our money's worth :-P )
out with the family

Although the writing of Everything Changes But You is finished, it isn't all over yet. The blog tour is going on right now and I'm going to start posting book extras, from character bios, to the cast and soundtrack and quizzes!

Everything Changes But You is now available from Amazon here

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Written In The Stars by Ali Harris

Bea Bishop is about to marry the man she loves but as she prepares to walk down the aisle, she starts to have doubts. She loves Adam but is marrying him the right thing to do? She has a painful past she has never dealt with properly and she isn't even sure who she is as a person. Swallowing her niggles, Bea begins to walk down the aisle but on her way to Adam, she slips and is knocked unconscious. Bea's world is split into two and she gets to live out both decisions of what she should do that day. Waking, the first Bea composes herself and continues to walk down the aisle to marry Adam while the other flees from the church.
While Bea is unaware that her world has been divided, we get to see what would have happened with each decision she made, whether she stayed and married Adam or changed her mind and fled. The basic premise is very much like the film Sliding Doors and I wondered how that would translate on paper. Would it be difficult to keep with each Bea and follow her individual storyline? The answer is not at all! I quickly got to grips with each Bea (married-Adam and didn't-marry-Adam) and what followed was an interesting story of what I'm sure most of us wonder from time to time - what if...? I liked that we got to see how that one decision would effect Bea's future, the consequences of choosing each path. The two alternative lives are cleverly woven together and I liked how parts from each life started to cross, as though fate was intervening.
Bea has a painful past that she has never dealt with. Instead, she has tried to push her thoughts and feelings away but they are still there, preventing Bea from moving on. As the book moves along, we start to dig away at Bea's past and learn what happened to her. I found it quite sad at times (and not just the tragic aspects of the book) and hoped that she would get a better resolution at times, but life isn't perfect and it made me feel for Bea even more.
One of my favourite aspects of the book was the flowers, which form an important role throughout the book. Bea has always dreamed of being a garden designer but dropped out of her course for personal reasons and never picked it back up again. Flowers and gardening feature heavily in the book and I found both the descriptions and meaning of the flowers, as well as the garden design, interesting and it helped to bring Bea's lives together.
Written In The Stars is a beautifully written book that deals with some serious issues without feeling too heavy. I enjoyed the mix of characters and thought the concept made a fascinating read.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Everything Changes But You: The Blog Tour

The Everything Changes But You blog tour has begun! From now until 5th October, my book and I will be travelling through the blogisphere and we'd love for you to join us.
Click to view each blog tour stop
(when available)
[Guest Post: If I Had Three Wishes]

Friday 26th September - Tishylou's World
[Guest Post: Inspiring Films]

Saturday 27th September - This Chick Reads
[Guest Post: The Book's Themes]

Monday 29th September - Reviewed The Book

Tuesday 30th September - Sam's Book Corner

Wednesday 1st October - Comet Babe Books

Thursday 2nd October - Sky's Book Corner

Friday 3rd October - Jill Loves To Read

Saturday 4th October - Bookaholic Confessions

Sunday 5th October - Lost In Chick Lit

Everything Changes But You is available from Amazon here

Friday, 19 September 2014

Giveaway! Win A Handmade Felt Bookmark

My second novel, Everything Changes But You was published on Tuesday so to celebrate, I made some 'Make a Wish' bookmarks to giveaway!
One winner will receive one of the bookmarks pictured below.
To enter, fill in the rafflecopter form below and leave a comment telling me if you had one wish, what would it be for?
If you've already entered the giveaway on Tuesday, you'll have to pretend you've been granted a new wish - lucky you!
If you haven't entered Tuesday's giveaway, you can enter here until Tuesday 23rd September
You can earn extra entries but these are all optional.
The giveaway will end on Monday 29th September.
Rafflecopter will choose one winner at random, who will be notified by email before being announced on the blog.
This is giveaway is open internationally
Good luck!
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Everything Changes But You is available from Amazon here
Don't forget, you can add the book to Goodreads or view the Pinterest board