Blog Tour Review And Giveaway | A Faerie Wedding by Stephanie Keyes

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for A Faerie Wedding by Stephanie Keyes. You can find my reviews of previous books in The Star Child series here.

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Thank you to Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for sending me the eBook to read and share my thoughts.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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A Faerie Wedding (The Star Child #4.5)

by Stephanie Keyes

Release Date: February 12, 2015 | Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Genre: New Adult | Designer: Naj Qamber

“Gabe Stewart has everything he ever wanted. Mortal Earth is safe. He’s a super-hero Protector whose best friend is within telepathic shouting distance. And then there’s his soul-mate, Singer. He knew right away she was the one he’d been waiting for.

But Gabe’s world shatters when Singer professes she doesn’t love him. On top of that, his mother admits she’s been messing with his memory making him doubt everything he’s ever known. And just when it seems things can’t get any worse, his best friend in the whole freaking world, Kellen St. James, wants Gabe to stop being his Protector. Being a Protector is who Gabe is. What will happen if he’s not standing between the prince and danger?

When the man who’s sacrificed his freedom is faced with life alone, which path will he choose? Will he remain the last Protector? Or will he finally get the happy ending he deserves?”

*A Faerie Wedding is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series. It is a New Adult novella and features adult language and situations.

MY REVIEW

It had been a while since I had visited this magical world so I was little concerned that I’d struggle to fall into the storyline. I needn’t have worried because in no time at all I was wrapped up in what was going on in front of me.

Something that has always stuck in my mind about this series is how likeable the characters were and this book was no different. I wanted the best for all of them so when an unexpected twist came along I felt confused but intrigued to find out where it would lead.

For me, this wasn’t just a story about a wedding (as I had first thought it would be after reading the title) but also about self-discovery and finding your place in the world.

The author has a magical style of writing that makes the impossible seem possible and brings all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures to life!

This was a quick and enjoyable read. A fabulous addition to The Star Child series.

KEEP THE MAGICK GOING! 

Love The Star Child series, but want to hold a book in your hand? Want them all in one e-book? Pick up your copy of Into Faerie: The Star Child Novellas today!

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CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

stephStephanie Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, The Star Catcher, and The Last Protector. The Boy In The Trees, part of the Blood In The Shadows anthology, released in November 2015.

The Star Catcher won first place in the 2014 Dante Rossetti Young Adult Novel Awards—Mythological Category. The Star Child was a finalist in the 2015 BTS Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards. Keyes was also selected as a 2015 Rutgers University One-On-One Plus Conference mentee. She’s an active member of SCBWI.

Steph lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Mr. Keyes, her boys, Hip-Hop and Bam-Bam, and dogs Duncan MacLeod and Princess Riley. Steph is a hopeless romantic and Whovian who’s shamelessly addicted to Nutella and spontaneous singing.

*Author photos courtesy of Kristina Serafini Photo

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GIVEAWAYS

For your chance to win some fantastic prizes, click on the following links:

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Blog Tour Review And Giveaway | Sunkissed by Carys Jones

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Sunkissed by Carys Jones.

Thank you to Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for sending me the eBook to read and share my thoughts.

Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: 15 January 2016

“Dawn Summers is dying. It’s 1853 and as the seventeen year old continues to fade away she has visions of the father she never knew, urging her to fight for her life.

In the small village of Fandova the only medical care is in the form of the mysterious Dr. Moralus who has a known penchant for bloodletting. Thomas, Dawn’s fiancé, is warned against inviting his intervention, but feels he has no choice, he pleads with the doctor to save Dawn’s life…whatever it takes.

MY REVIEW

How far would you go to save the one you love? This was the question that entered my mind not long after I started Sunkissed. I also couldn’t help but notice the mysterious atmosphere, it felt dark without me being able to establish exactly why it felt that way.

Dawn and Thomas were a curious couple who became caught up in something sinister. I was particularly interested to see where it would lead them as they both seemed to have a very different view on the situation. I didn’t have to wait long to get my answer.

I loved it when the storyline jumped to the present day, I couldn’t wait to see how the characters had grown and changed over the years. What followed was my favourite part of the book, I guess because I could relate to the modern-day aspect more easily. During this time the author created a strong feeling of suspense with her words, I just knew something was about to happen. And happen it did!

It had quite a fast pace and as the story unfolded I found myself flying through the pages – I couldn’t put it down.

This was a mysterious, quick read that held my attention throughout. I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science-fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

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BUY THE BOOK

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GIVEAWAY

For your chance to win a £10 Amazon giftcard in the tour giveaway click the following link:

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(Please note, Me, My Books and I will not be responsible for providing the prize)

BLOG TOUR

Fri 15th: Lynsey James | Lil Novelist
Sat 16th: Ali – The Dragon Slayer | Book Review Café
Sun 17th: Book Lover Worm Blog | Lilac Diaries
Mon 18th: Me, My Books and I | This Chick Reads
Tues 19th: Bookabie, Gina Dickerson
Wed 20th: Shaz’s Book Boudoir | Aggies Books
Thurs 21st: Sky’s Book Corner
Fri 22nd: Amanda Oughton

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Blog Tour Review | The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien #TheQueensChoice

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien.

Thank you to Sophie from ed public relations for sending me the book to read and share my thoughts.

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Publisher: Mira Books

Publication Date: 14 January 2016

“France, 1399: The Duke of Brittany is dead and his widow, Joanna of Navarre, has inherited control of their land – a testament to her intellect, integrity and political prowess.

Then comes an unprecedented proposal from Henry IV, King of England. The price of becoming his Queen? Abandoning her homeland, leaving her children and sacrificing her independence.

Henry’s hold on the crown is unsteady and war is brewing. With the constant threat of rebellion, Henry will trust no-one – not even his new Queen. Crossing the channel is a dangerous prospect. But the union between Joanna and Henry would bring the chance of a vital alliance between two proud states – if they will allow it.

One question. Two paths. A choice that will make history.

MY REVIEW

Regular Me, My Books and I readers will already know that I’m a fan of Anne O’Brien’s writing. This obviously means that I was super-keen to find out what she had in store for me this time.

Wow, what a journey! I was quickly pulled into the storyline and, as with all of Anne’s books, it was wonderful to revisit the past and discover it from yet another viewpoint.

I found Joanna very easy to like, she was quite feisty and, at times, hot-headed but I loved that side of her. Henry was someone I had been intrigued by in The King’s Sister so I relished the opportunity to find out more about him. I was surprised by what I found. I hadn’t expected to like him because of his actions in the previous book but as I read about the things he had been through I couldn’t help but warm to him. Another surprise for me was how Thomas de Camoys became such a favourite of mine, I can’t quite put my finger on why I liked him so much, all I know is that I smiled whenever he made an appearance.

When Joanna had to make a big decision about her future I had very mixed feelings which, I would imagine, was exactly how she felt about the situation. I loved how I was drawn into the storyline and made to feel part of it – as usual the author had a fantastic way of making me feel at home in history.

The twists and turns that followed were truly captivating, I became immersed in historical politics, family loyalties and romantic words of the past. As I reached the epilogue (which was everything I hoped it would be by the way) I felt sad that the book was coming to an end.

This was another wonderful novel from Anne O’Brien, a must-read for all historical fiction fans!

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

ANNE O’BRIEN was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years where she taught History. Leaving teaching – but not her love of history – Anne turned to novel writing and her passion for giving voice to the oft forgotten women of the medieval era was born. Today Anne lives in an eighteenth-century cottage in Herefordshire, an area steeped in history and full of inspiration for her work.

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To Catch a Creeper by Ellie Campbell – Excerpt and Giveaway!

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the Fiction Addiction Book Tours promo blitz for To Catch a Creeper by Ellie Campbell.

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Published 24th March 2014.

“Cathy is riding high in her brand-new job at a (surprisingly bitchy) top London advertising agency working with best friend Rosa. But when Rosa’s pregnancy goes amiss and enemies sabotage her new career, she finds herself leading a chaotic double life of lies and deception, hiding a shameful secret from all, especially husband Declan who appears in the throes of a nervous breakdown.  

Meanwhile she’s agreed to unmask the notorious Crouch End Creeper, a burglar terrorizing their neighbourhood. Little does she know that her meddling, assisted by fellow mothers (the Wednesday Once Weeklies) and the Neighbourhood Watch, will lead their dangerous opponent to murder.  And that it’s not only the tall elegant transvestite who is placing herself at risk…”

BUY LINKS

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EXCERPT

‘It must have been horrendously frightening, Cathy,’ Holly Willoughby’s sparkling white teeth are shining directly into my eyes causing me to spontaneously blink, ‘finding yourself stalked and then almost strangled to death.’

‘Oh yes,’ I nod and refill my water glass. ‘Terrifying.’

Although, I squirm as three huge cameras circle closer like a cackle of hyenas moving in for the kill, nowhere near as terrifying as being on live TV. All through the interview I keep getting these uncanny impulses to indulge in a touch of Tourette’s, spouting obscenities while intermittently flashing a nipple.

‘And then not only did you capture the culprit but you managed to turn the situation round and through it launched the most talked about advertising campaign this decade.’

‘Not just me…’ I grin bashfully as Camera One’s red light gives a little wink in my direction.

‘So as a woman who’s spent the last eight years as a mother and housewife,’ Holly continues brightly, ‘how are you finding it being back out in the workplace?’

How am I finding it? Fantastic. Sodding-bloody-fantastic, I want to reply but for some reason, ever since the camera did that little wink, my throat simply refuses to co-operate.

‘It’s a…a…’ I cough and reach for the water, ‘case of…’

‘And balancing this brand new exciting career with taking care of two primary-school age children?’ prompts her co-presenter nicely. ‘You must be very organised…’

‘Well, Joseph… I mean Jason… I mean…’

And that’s it. My mouth freezes while I rifle through my memory bank trying to recall his name. Jason or Joseph… But no, it can’t be either. Joseph was the biblical character that this guy portrayed at a West End theatre and Jason…he was the ex-Neighbours actor who also played Joseph as well as dating Kylie Minogue and picking David Guest’s nose on some reality show. So this guy, the one sitting in front of me, all mike-ed up, awaiting an answer while millions look on… God, who is he? Sweat pools under the armpits of my new Vivienne Westwood polka-dot dress with the waist-cinching corset as I scan and rescan his grey speckled hair and cute baby face. ‘The thing is…’

A reassuring hand rests on my arm. For the fifth time this morning, Rosa steps in to save me.

‘Oh she is, Phillip,’ she laughs lightly. ‘Super-organised, that’s our Cath. Packed lunches prepared night before. Uniforms folded neatly on chairs. Dishwasher and washing machine fully loaded. Plants watered. Fish fed. Wonderwoman has nothing on her.’
She slaps me on the back, just as I take another gulp of water. Instead of drowning the giant South American toad now living in my larynx, a fountain shoots out from my mouth and nose.

Holly smiles once more as she smoothly links back to the weather, before the cameras wheel away, allowing her to dab at her water-spotted jacket and mercifully ending the second most scary moment of my entire life.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sisters, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell who collaborate across the mighty Atlantic from their respective homes in Surrey, England and Colorado, USA, finding writing together a great excuse for endless phone conversations.   Together they have written three previous novels How To Survive Your Sisters, When Good Friends Go Bad and Looking For La La.   They love any chance to connect with their readers.

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Ellie Campbell is represented by the Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency (www.hardmanswainson.com). For further information and to get in contact with them please visit their website: http://www.chicklitsisters.com.

AUTHOR LINKS

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CHECK OUT LOOKING FOR LA LA

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“In a recent survey 65% of mothers admitted feeling undervalued, over-criticised and constantly tired.

Cathy is no exception. Her dull, uneventful days as a stay at home, mother of two, are radically transformed however with the arrival of a heavily lipsticked postcard addressed to husband, Declan. Who is the mysterious La La? Could Declan really be having an affair? And is Cathy actually being stalked?

Whatever – it will definitely prove riveting gossip for the Tuesday Twice Monthlies, Cathy’s ‘Mothers Restaurant Research’ group where scandal flows as recklessly as the wine. But what starts as a light-hearted investigation with best friend Raz, soon turns into something much more sinister.

With a possible murderer on the scene, a sexy admirer igniting long-forgotten sparks, and all her friends hiding secrets, it’s not only Cathy’s marriage that’s in jeopardy. Add in the scheming antics of Declan’s new assistant, the stress of organising the school Save The Toilet’s dance and the stage is set for a dangerous showdown and some very unsettling, possibly deadly, revelations.”

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GIVEAWAY

Ellie Campbell is generously offering a giveaway of a paperback copy of To Catch a Creeper PLUS £5/$10 Amazon Gift Card. This giveaway is open Internationally.

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OFFERS

The authors have kindly set up two offers to coincide with launch week:

Looking for La La is discounted to 99cents/99pence from Monday 24th to 30th March

US  http://www.amazon.com/Looking-for-La-ebook/dp/B00BJH29QQ

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Looking-for-La-ebook/dp/B00BJH29QQ

How to Survive Your Sisters will be free Wednesday 26th to 30th March – US only

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Waiting For Prince Harry by Aven Ellis – Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the Fiction Addiction Book Tours cover reveal blitz for Waiting For Prince Harry by Aven Ellis.

And what a gorgeous cover it is!

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Coming in 2014 – Publisher Soul Mate.

“Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer…Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.  

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course.  And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down.  But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present?  And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it…”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author PhotoAven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.  Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published this year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

AUTHOR LINKS

Connect with me on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1 

Talk to me on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/AvenEllis 

Visit me on the web:

http://www.avenellis.com/index.html 

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Check out Connectivity, Aven Ellis’ debut novel:

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“Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.

MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well…”

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Aven Ellis has featured twice before on Me, My Books and I – read her author interview here and read my review of Connectivity here.

GIVEAWAY

The giveaway on this blitz is 1 x ecopy of Waiting for Prince Harry (when it is published) and 1 x ecopy of Connectivity.  Open Internationally. Click the link below and follow the instructions to enter.

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Guest Post by Alison Jack – Dory’s Avengers Blog Tour Including Giveaway!

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the Fiction Addiction Book Tour for Dory’s Avengers, featuring a fantastic guest post from author Alison Jack!

But first of all, lets introduce the book…

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Publisher: Book Guild Publishing

A brutal regime. A docile population. A glimmer of hope.

In a stifled and oppressed United Kingdom, nothing can be achieved without the approval of the dictatorial Sponsors, at whose head is the malevolent and cruel Lord William St Benedict. In Britain’s cities the Sponsored live narrow, if privileged, lives, while the Unsponsored are confined to menial roles and to ‘less desirable’ districts. Among the Sponsors’ many victims is Lord William’s own son, the forthright and charismatic Theodore – ‘Dory’ – held captive by his father since he was a boy.

In the unassuming town of Applethwaite, in the shadow of the Cumbrian fells, an unlikely revolution is brewing. Albino gymnast Louis Trevelyan and his motley group of friends are fiercely proud of their Unsponsored status and gradually forge a plan not only to liberate the beleaguered Theodore but the whole of the United Kingdom.

‘Dory’s Avengers’ are coming…!”

GUEST POST

Authors Rock!

A question I’m asked a lot is ‘Does it get lonely being an author?’ Knowing that my previous job had been a very sociable one, my friends were particularly concerned to begin with when I voiced my ambition to become an author, wondering how I’d cope with life holed up in a lonely garret, scribbling words that no one will ever read, warming my ink-stained hands over a spluttering candle, going slightly mad…

Stop right there! The old fashioned image of the garret-dwelling quill-scraper is far removed from the reality of the modern day author, with the possible exception of the ‘going slightly mad’ bit. For starters, we all have computers now. No more ink stained hands – and we can network. Double bonus. We authors can network with each other, and we do!

About six months prior to publication of my debut novel Dory’s Avengers, I dipped my toe into the sea of bloggers, thinking it might be a good idea to start building my own platform. More simply put, I wanted some readers for my work, and realised they weren’t simply going to appear – I needed to go and find them. Was launching a blog a good idea? Yes, without a shadow of a doubt it was.

As soon as I started blogging, support came flooding in from my fellow authors, and the wholehearted generosity of this support has blown me away. No one’s in competition; no one’s trying to steal all the readers for themselves and to Hell with the rest. Every indie or self published author and every blogger I have befriended in the past year realises how difficult it is for new writers to gain the recognition they deserve, and everyone is happy to help promote their fellow writers’ work alongside their own. We’re all book lovers; and as any self respecting book lover will tell you, there can never be too many books. Through the online community of bloggers and authors (most of us wear both hats) I have been offered amazing opportunities to promote Dory’s Avengers, this fabulous Fiction Addiction tour being a perfect example. I’ve also learned so much about the modern day writing business, made wonderful new friends – one or two of whom I’ve actually (gasp) met in person – and been introduced to some highly entertaining and informative blogs.

I’ll admit it: I was more than a little sceptical when e-readers first hit the shops, but I quickly changed my mind. The e-reader gives unknown authors an exciting new opportunity to publish and promote their work, and as a result there’s so much good reading material available to buy that I can’t keep up. For the first time in my life I have books waiting to be read. BIG gasp – that’s never happened to this voracious reader before. And just when I thought things couldn’t get any more wonderful, I find that my favourite indie authors are reading my work. They’re liking it, promoting it, reviewing it, tweeting about it… Wow!

Writing a lonely profession? Not any more it’s not.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

official-author-photoAlison Jack has spent much of her adult life working in book distribution – Dory’s Avengers, however, is her first foray into the world of books as an author. She is a keen walker and has a particular love for the Lake District fells – the atmospheric setting for much of her novel.

Aside from writing her own novels and blogging, Alison spends a lot of time editing the work of other authors. When not writing, Alison enjoys reading, playing guitar – with more enthusiasm than skill – and wakeboarding. She lives near Cambridge with her partner and three cats.

AUTHOR LINKS

Alison’s Website | Alison’s Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

BUY THE BOOK

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GIVEAWAY 

The giveaway on this tour is 2 x signed hardback copies of Dory’s Avengers. UK and IRE only.

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Guest Post by Rosie Blake – How To Get A (Love) Life Blog Tour

Today I’m delighted to welcome Rosie Blake to Me, My Books and I.  To celebrate the release of Rosie’s first full-length novel How To Get A (Love) Life we have a fantastic guest post for you!

But first of all, lets introduce the book…

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Published by Novelicious Books in January 2014.

Some people book last-minute holidays, walk barefoot in the grass or party on a week night. Not Nicola Brown

Nicola is the kind of girl who double-locks the front door, leaves the plastic covering on new furniture, sticks to a super-strict diet and definitely, absolutely Does Not Date. 

Her colleague Caroline – loopy, warm and exasperated by her, knows that Nicola’s reluctance to lose control means she’s living only half a life. And so she lays down the gauntlet: Nicola must cast aside her hang ups and go on as many dates as it takes to find true love in time for Valentine’s Day. 

The pick of local men is, quite frankly, a bit rubbish. And there are only three months until February 14th. Surely it’s an impossible task? But, as Nicola is about to find out on her dodgy dates, letting go isn’t quite as scary as she imagined. In fact, it’s rather a lot of fun…”

GUEST POST

On the theme of Me, My Books and I, can I explore whether anyone in my own novel is based on anyone IRL?

My debut novel How To Get A (Love) Life is out now and the story focuses on Nicola Brown – a controlling, uptight girl who needs something in her life to change. Still harbouring a hurt from years before, she needs something to break the rut she has found herself in. Cue chaotic colleague Caroline and The Bet – a search for a (love) life before Valentine’s Day. Can Nicola do it? A clairvoyant, a sea-kayaking trip in November, a rent-a-dog experience, a carpentry class – she tries any means she can to find the man for her and on her hunt she meets a whole host of useless, not-so-useless men and a little something about herself too…

A lot of people I know have asked me if Nicola Brown is based on me. The short answer is No. The long answer is that I think we can all get ourselves into a place in our lives where we can’t see our way out and sometimes we need some help; whether it’s a nudge from the right person, a bit of a break or a new perspective. So much of this novel is about Nicola’s transformation and her attempt to re-find the old her. The fun, relaxed, trusting Nicola. One edit note from Novelicious Books can sum up how I feel about her. In the margin it just said, “Aw. I want to give her a big hug”. I too felt a sisterly affection for her and hope the reader is gunning for her happy ending.

As for the other characters – are any of them based on real people? Well the pathologically-happy cleaner Basia shares my own mother’s name and is a nod at her impossibly sunny nature. She has to be one of my favourite minor characters and I adore the fact that she seems tickled by the everyday. Brother Mark is inspired by the friendly banter of my own brothers and sisters – I love that relationships and family features heavily in the book. And, of course, then there are the men. A hotch potch of bad dates, good dates and tiny moments of “ahhhhhh”. Some of those dates are based on men I went out with, but on that score, you’ll just have to keep guessing. I will give away nothing. Unless you ask me really nicely. And then I will probably spill.

I hope you enjoy the read.

Rosie x

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rosie BlakeRosie spent her university years writing pantomimes based on old classics. The 2003 production of The Wizard of Odd: Search for the Ruby Strippers enjoyed critical acclaim. This was followed a year later with a successful showing of Harry Potter: The Musical (complete with moving opening number, In my Cupboard I will Stay).

Rosie went on to write a winning short story in the La Senza/Little Black Dress Short Story Competition and was shortlisted in a few others including competitions run by Women and Home and The Daily Mail. Her first full-length novel, How to Get a (Love) Life, will be published in January 2014 by Novelicious Books.

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