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#BlogTour! #QandA with author of ‘Dark and Fluffy’, Janet Stock @rararesources

Fifth blog tour of the day! Thank you for all of the shares and support for the previous blog posts today – much appreciated. I am back with my second RaRaResources blog tour of the day, a Q&A with author of Dark and Fluffy, Janet Stock. Before all of that, here is a little more information about the book:

Following on from Dark & Fluffy, this collection is a further nine short fiction pieces. The title Dark & Fluffy II, reflects the general styles of the stories/prose in the book. Some are a bit darker, and may be a bit uncomfortable to read, Death by Testing and The Broken Arrangement fall into this category. Others are happier, feel good pieces like The Disney Club. Whatever your preference, I’m sure you’ll find something that will grab your attention.

Purchase Links

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Fluffy-II-Janet-Stock-ebook/dp/B07LDRKL5D

US  https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Fluffy-II-Janet-Stock-ebook/dp/B07LDRKL5D

Q&A with Janet Stock

Could you tell us a bit about you and your background before you began writing?

I’m a 51 year old mum of a teenage son. I started writing as a child and took it up again about 10 years ago. I decided last year, to take my writing seriously and self-publish at least one book. I ended up self-publishing 3 books last year, Dark & Fluffy, Dark & Fluffy Vol II and 500 Words. The Dark & Fluffy 1 & 2 are an assortment of short fiction works, and 500 Words consists of 5 flash fiction pieces that I wrote for my website. I am currently promoting Dark & Fluffy II. I work part-time in an engineering company in Lincoln, but I hope to become a writer full-time in the near future. 

Have you always wanted to become a published writer?

Yes, that’s always been my dream

What made you decide to write your new novel?

I always promised myself that I would become a writer and get something out into the public domain. I turned 50 last year and decided to do it then. My current book is a collection of short fiction works. Some of the stories in the books have been on my computer for many years, and I decided to dust them off and publish them in an anthology. There are also some new pieces and a couple of stories actually showcase future works of mine, Queens of England and Gisella in Dark & Fluffy II are examples of these.

How hard was it to find the inspiration for your book?

I always have ideas for stories, ideas are always floating around in my head, and I don’t always know where they come from, they just pop in. Alternatively, I deliberately take a topical subject such as the Windrush scandal and the suffragette commemorations and write stories around those themes. 


If you could pick a favourite character from your novel, who would it be and why?

I think Elizabeth Bennet is a timeless character. I think that whatever kind of woman you are, you can identify with and recognise some of her characteristics in yourself. 

Did you ever regret writing a character into your story after it was published?

That hasn’t happened yet! I think getting to know your characters is key, especially when writing a novel, if you know them inside out you shouldn’t really have cause for regretting adding them.

Did you find yourself under any personal pressure for your debut novel to succeed and be liked by many? 

I try not to worry too much about whether people will like what I write. That may sound funny as we all want our writing to be well-received, but if I worried too much about what people thought I probably wouldn’t write at all. I have put quite a punishing plan in place with regards to getting my first novel finished. I always give myself deadlines, I find I work better that way, my writing become the priority then.

Time for a tough one, if you could choose any book that has already been published to be the author of, which one would you choose and why?

That’s not too tough. I would choose to be the author of the Harry Potter series of books. To be that successful, famous and rich from writing books, doing something that you love has surely got to be every writers dream!

What does your ‘writing space’ look like?

A laptop surrounded by notebooks, folders, bits of paper and reference books. With a pot of coffee in there somewhere.

Were there any authors you wanted to be like, when you were a child?

Probably Enid Blyton. I loved her imagination and the fact that she wrote so many successful books.

If you had to sum up your book to a stranger in five words, what would they be and why?

Quirky, amusing, historical, dark and universal.

What’s coming up next for you? Any exclusives?

My main focus this year is to complete book 1 of my 12th century trilogy mentioned above, I intend finishing it this year. I have been writing this book on and off for 10 years, and self-publishing Dark & Fluffy II has given me the confidence to pursue bigger things. I hope to publish my novel the traditional way, i.e. with an agent and a publishing house. This is my ultimate dream. 

I will also be self-publishing Alternative Histories later this year, a book that takes pivotal moments in history and looks at what-if scenarios. I have already showcased this idea in Dark & Fluffy II, in the story Queens of England. This is a story based around the idea of what could have happened if Queen Elizabeth I had not executed Mary Queen of Scots.

Looking further into the future, I will be self-publishing a novella called The Rue Stone. I have already self-published this as a short story, in the first Dark & Fluffy, and I have had lots of feedback all with a common thread; people felt a bit short changed after finishing the story and they would like to read more. I’ve taken on this feedback, which I agree with, and will now work on this to extend the story into a longer format.

After that, then it will be back to books 2 and 3 of my historical trilogy. 

Interwoven with completing these books is an idea I have for a novella called A Tale of Two. This will be a story of two people, a man and a woman, who have an affair. The story will be told in two distinct parts, one from his point of view and one from hers.

And..I have literally just found a synopsis for a novel set in the dark ages that I must have wrote years ago. So, after all ofthe above, look out for a character called Morjena in the future!


One final question. What advice would you give to a writer that wants to be published? Any words of wisdom?

Just write. If you want to do it, just sit down, write, and then just write some more.

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#BlogTour! #Review – East of England by Eamonn Griffin (@eamonngriffin) @Unbound_Digital @AnneCater

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Fourth blog tour post of the day is my review of ‘East of England’ by Eamonn Griffin. Many thanks (for the third time today) to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review:

East Of England Cover from Unbound

Dan Matlock is out of jail. He’s got a choice. Stay or leave. Go back to where it all went wrong, or just get out of the county. Disappear. Start again as someone else. But it’s not as simple as that. 

There’s the matter of the man he killed. It wasn’t murder, but even so. You tell that to the family. Especially when that family is the Mintons, who own half of what’s profitable and two-thirds of what’s crooked between the Wolds and the coast. Who could have got to Matlock as easy as you like in prison, but who haven’t touched him. Not yet.

Like Matlock found out in prison, there’s no getting away from yourself. So what’s the point in not facing up to other people?

It’s time to go home…

What does TWG think?

‘East of England’ is the type of book which is brilliant at making readers react both positively and negatively to the characters. I have no idea why, when people say that they dislike a main character, it puts them off a book. Heck, I adore disliking characters because sometimes you don’t want to sit there and like a man who you wouldn’t want to come across down a dark alley! Yes, I guess I’m talking about Dan Matlock, the hard-nosed, tough character who likes to get his own way….and not nicely.

The grit in this book is insatiable! Eamonn Griffin has created a character which most readers will end up loving to hate, but secretly loving. A bit like marmite. The violence is dark yet thrilling at the same time, and the level of suspense is through the roof.

Even though I was left with a few unanswered questions, in the grand scheme of things it didn’t bother me too much because I was so caught up in the twisted plot which Eamonn Griffin crafted excellently.

I will admit that certain events made me wince at times, but I thought the brutality of the characters actions worked well with the overall darkness of the novel.

All in all, an impressive, rollercoaster ride of a read which left me breathless. Highly recommend.

Buy now!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheBelleHotel by Craig Melvin (@ccmelvin) @unbounders @AnneCater

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Third blog tour of the day is for ‘The Belle Hotel’ by Craig Melvin. Many thanks (once again) to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Unbounders for the review copy. Here is my review:

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13 October 2008. Welcome to the worst day of Chef Charlie Sheridan’s life, the day he’s about to lose his two great loves: his childhood sweetheart, Lulu, and the legendary Brighton hotel his grandfather, Franco Sheridan, opened in 1973.

This is the story of the Belle Hotel, one that spans the course of four decades – from the training of a young chef in the 1970s and 80s, through the hedonistic 90s, up to the credit crunch of the noughties – and leads us right back to Charlie’s present-day suffering.

In this bittersweet and salty tale, our two Michelin star-crossed lovers navigate their seaside hangout for actors, artists and rock stars; the lure of the great restaurants of London; and the devastating effects of three generations of family secrets.

What does TWG think?

‘The Belle Hotel’….what a BRILLIANT name for a hotel! I guess I would say that seeing as my daughter’s nickname is indeed, Belle, but still!

This book is one unique story, one which I suggest you read after stuffing your face otherwise you would end up with a stomach making some rather unsavoury noises. If you haven’t guessed already, ‘The Belle Hotel’ is a story which contains a lot of food (and a lot of swearing). Think early Gordon Ramsay….although his name does crop up once or twice throughout the book though, as do many other chefs!

Charlie Sheridan has stuffed up big time. The hotel which had been in his family for many years, was about to be sold from under his very feet. How did it get to that stage? Well, seeing as the storyline delves into the past of the hotel and how it became what it was, the author gives us readers front row seats to Charlie’s demise…or close demise that is.

‘The Belle Hotel’ may contain a lot of recipes, but it also contains a lot of heartbreak over the years for all members of Charlie’s family. Don’t get me wrong, some of those family members bring on a few troubles themselves, but overall a lot of ‘The Belle Hotel’s past makes for quite a tough to swallow read.

I actually really enjoyed the uniqueness of the storyline! I ended up switching from laughing out loud to frowning, in a matter of minutes, more than once. I felt the emotion through the authors words, and I also felt his knowledge of food filter through the entire book. Let’s just say that good ol’ beans on toast doesn’t make the menu!

‘The Belle Hotel’ is a poignant novel which takes readers on a journey through heartbreak, humour, and multiple hangovers. I enjoyed delving into the past of the hotel, and I enjoyed watching Charlie’s journey from little boy to chef.

Buy now from Amazon

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – It Started With a Note by Victoria Cooke (@VictoriaCooke10) @HQDigitalUK @RaRaResources

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Second blog tour post of the day is for ‘It Started With a Note’ by Victoria Cooke. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog blitz invite, and thank you to HQDigitalUK for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Superhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. But now that she’s seen her son safely off to university (phew!), life seems a little, well…empty.
 
So when Cath unexpectedly discovers some letters written by her great-grandfather during the First World War, she decides to take herself on an adventure to France to retrace his footsteps.
 
Cath expects to spend her holiday visiting famous battlefields and testing out her French phrase book. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her tour guide, the handsome Olivier, will be quite so charming! Soon Cath isn’t simply unearthing the stories of the past – she’s writing a brand new one of her own, which might end up taking her in a very unexpected direction…

What does TWG think?

History is one of my all time favourite things so, if you were to pair it with a story,  I turn into one exceptionally happy little bunny. ‘It Started With a Note’ is tinged with history from a very personal point of view. Personal to the main character, Cath, that is!

I’m probably not going to be too popular with my opinion here, but I wasn’t overly keen on Cath’s character as I found her to be a little bit weak at times. Don’t get me wrong, I admired her tolerance to her situation, but I couldn’t quite grasp why she point-blank refused to air her grievances out loud towards her brother, instead of allowing him to walk all over her. Yes, I know, it’s probably a family thing and we all want to help our families. That said, he didn’t seem to be exactly forthcoming with his help, now did he?

‘It Started With a Note’ does exactly what it says on the tin – the storyline started with a note and took Cath on a journey which ended up changing her life for the better, as well has helping her to move on from an emotional past.

I loved the fact that as readers, we got to see Cath flourish before our very eyes and yes, I suppose my opinion of her ended up being a little more positive at the end than what it was to begin with. I felt that the journey she went on to uncover pieces of her past was one that obviously needed to happen to unlock something deep within herself.

Victoria Cooke’s novel is ideal for romantics everyone, and is definitely a story which will warm your heart and show you that, in time, your own journey can be paved with stones you’re confident enough to walk upon.

Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in her hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first romantic comedy novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’ in 2016. 

Cooke’s third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #Home by Amanda Berriman (@MandyBerriman) @PenguinRHUK @AnneCater

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It’s a very busy day here at TWG, and I am delighted to be kicking the day off with my review of ‘Home’ by Amanda Berriman. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Penguin Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Jesika is four and a half.

She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window.

And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.

She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.

What does TWG think?

Does anyone know if double-sided tape will fix a broken heart? Asking for a friend….

Actually no, I’m not asking for a friend. I’m asking for myself because I still have absolutely no idea how to piece my heart back together after reading ‘Home’. Now I’m not too sure whether my heart broke because the narrative was the voice of a four-year old girl, Jesika, or whether it was because the theme of the book is one that hit home (pardon the pun) rather drastically. Maybe it’s both, I really have no idea. I just know that my heart shattered…

As I’ve just said, ‘Home’ is told by four-year old girl, Jesika. Yep, that’s right – the entire story is written from a four year olds perspective, including the language that a young girl like Jesika may use. Little Jesika doesn’t understand why a man is shouting at her mummy, or why her little brother and mummy are constantly coughing and crying. She also doesn’t understand why the floor is wet in their bedroom or why the big box in the kitchen stops working and makes the house cold.

Whilst Jesika’s situation is heartbreaking in itself and her innocence to the entire situation is enough to make the strongest person melt into a puddle, the storyline became even more heartbreaking as it progressed. I don’t want to give too much away, but a new girl has appeared at Jesika’s playgroup, little Paige, and, whilst Jesika wants to try to take her under her wing as much as a four-year can, there is a lot more to Paige that meets the eye. Way, way more.

I said at the start of this review that the theme of ‘Home’ hit home drastically, and I still stand by that fact because, if you have already read this book, you will understand what I’m about to say and the meaning behind it. However, if you haven’t yet read this book, I urge you to stock up on tissues and all will become clear once you digest the words for yourself…..

I was Paige.

No, I don’t mean that I am actually Paige in this book, I mean that at one point in my life, I was ‘a Paige’. I had endured a situation very similar to hers and I just wanted to reach into the book and protect her from it. But I couldn’t and, as weird as this sounds, I actually felt as though I was letting her down because I couldn’t protect her. Daft eh?

Many readers will be able to relate to ‘Home’ on various different levels. In an ideal world, nobody would be able to relate to the situations covered in the book, but the big wide world isn’t perfect. What I loved most about this book was the way in which Amanda Berriman captured my heart from the very beginning by telling her story via Jesika. I have never read a book which was told from a person as young as Jesika before and I thought it was such a clever way of bringing the heartbreak home. I mean, people need to sit up and take notice of children, don’t they?

I thought the themes were written realistically yet sensitively, keeping the impact of the devastating circumstances as real as possible as though the events were actually unfolding before your eyes. It was hard to read, but then storylines like this shouldn’t be easy to read, should they?

Amanda Berriman is a phenomenal, phenomenal storyteller who has created a suspenseful, heartbreaking novel in the most beautiful way possible. It was flawless and highly emotional, and probably one of the most outstanding books I think I have ever read.

I’m not ashamed to admit that my eyes leaked a bit at the end of the book, nor am I ashamed to admit that my body was exhausted from the emotional rollercoaster I had just read. But, hand on heart, I think that everyone needs to be put under Jesika’s spell as she tells the story of her life in the way that she sees it – innocently.

A stunning portrayal of heartbreak, innocence, and the power of friendship – ‘Home’ is the book of all books to make you feel like you truly are, at home.

Buy now!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Time Will Tell by Eva Jordan (@EvaJordanWriter) @UrbaneBooks #LoveBooksGroupTours

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Being personally requested by the author to take part in their blog your made my day, so thank you to Eva Jordan for wanting me involved, and thank you to LoveBooksGroup for making it happen and the ARC. I am very excited to be sharing my review of Eva Jordan’s new book for my stop on the tour. Enjoy!

 

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Writer, Lizzie Lemalf, and her loving but somewhat dysfunctional family are still grieving over the loss of a much-loved family member. Lizzie is doing her best to keep her family together but why does the recent death of a well-known celebrity have them all in a spin? The police suspect foul play; Lizzie and other family members suspect one another. Lizzie begins searching for answers only to find herself being dragged back to the past, to 1960’s London to be exact, and to the former life of her father, that up until now she has never been privy to. Every family has its secrets but how can the past hold the key to a present day celebrity death..

 

What does TWG think?

Wow. I really will be impressed with myself if I manage to put together a review which is somewhat coherant! ‘Time Will Tell’ is extraordinary. It’s gritty. It’s dark. It’s suspenseful. It’s romantic. It’s emotional. It is a readers dream, putting it mildly.

 

What I absolutely loved most about this book was how, as readers, we  are transported back to way back when before the main characters were born. We get to see how Lizzie’s parents became just that; her parents, during a gangster and unlawful time in London. Things were hard for her parents and other family members, and the subjects raised throughout this book are not for the faint hearted at all, but they need to be spoken about.

 

Every single page had me hooked, with many questions regarding certain events, urging to slip off the end of my tongue. Did I suspect who would end up in the firing line? Not a chance! I had absolutely no idea how everything would conclude,  whether that is ignorance on my part or due to the fact that I was gripped by multiple character flaws, unspoken tribulations or fragile emotions, I really couldn’t say. Although my gut instinct certainly points to the latter!

 

Eva Jordan  hasn’t written a story about one topic and that’s the end of it; she has written a book which delivered such immense beauty and poignant fragility, telling the story of lives lost, relationships severed, all tied up with the strength of two words – time and love.

 

I finished this book with tears rolling down my cheeks and to be homest, I really couldn’t have wished for a better reaction from my own self. I adored Eva Jordan’s phenomenal story telling, and I loved being wrapped up in the love of some truly  beautiful characters. A simply stunning, emotional, and beautifully crafted read which is on the radar to becoming one of my top reads of 2019. My heart is full with love for this book in its entirety!

 

Buy now!

 

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#Review – #GallowsTreeLane by Kate London (@kate_katelondon) @CorvusBooks @AnneCater

Seeing as I screwed up my blog tour dates, I am delighted to post my review of ‘Gallowstree Lane’ on my blog tour. Apologies to the author, Corvus Books and RandomThingsTours for my genuine error.

Please don’t let me die. Please don’t. The final words of teenager Spencer Cardoso as he bleeds out on a London street, his life cut short in a single moment of rage.

 

When a teenage boy steps out of the shadows of GallowstreeLane and asks a passer-by for help, it’s already too late. His life is bleeding out on the London street. 

The murder threatens to derail Operation Perseus, a cover police investigation into the Eardsley Bluds, an organised criminal network. Detective Kieran Shaw can’t and won’t allow that to happen. But fifteen-year-old Ryan has other ideas. He’s witnessed the death of his best friend, and now he wants someone to pay…

As loyalties collide, a chain of events is triggered that threatens everyone with a connection to Gallowstree Lane. 

 

What does TWG think?

I have been wanting to read a Kate London novel for AGES! ‘Gallowstree Lane’ is the third book in series, so do bear that in mind before you read it as, in my opinion, it would be beneficial to read the previous two books first. I didn’t and I found that I missed out on information regarding the characters, which would have come in useful had I already known it. That said, others may find it perfectly fine to read without the background information of previous books.

‘Gallowstree Lane’ is very ‘in’ with the times so to speak. The main theme of the book is gangs and crime on the London scene. It’s one thing reading about stabbings and such in the media, but it’s another thing being in amongst the criminal activity yourself, even on a fictional basis. Kate London clearly has experience in that environment as her descriptions were too intricately written for someone not in the know! I loved the intense storyline and in depth detail where the crimes were concerned – even if it was quite unsettling at times!!

I wouldn’t say that ‘Gallowstree Lane’ is speedy read, because it isn’t. It’s one of those reads which has the storyline stewing for a little while, sparks as the story progressed, and then explodes when you are least expecting it.

Overall I was rather impressed by Kate London’s engaging and addictive writing style, and I look forward to re-reading this book once I have read the previous books in the series.

Buy now.

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#BirthdayBlitz! #Review – The Migraine Relief Plan by Stephanie Weaver (@sweavermph) @RaRaResources

Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blitz invite and review copy, here is my review:

The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health

In The Migraine Relief Plan, certified health and wellness coach Stephanie Weaver outlines a new, step-by-step lifestyle approach to reducing migraine frequency and severity.

Using the latest research, her own migraine diagnosis, and extensive testing, Weaver has designed an accessible plan to help those living with migraine, headaches, or Meniere’s disease. Over the course of eight weeks, the plan gradually transitions readers into a healthier lifestyle, including key behaviors such as regular sleep, trigger-free eating, gentle exercise, and relaxation techniques. The book also collects resources—shopping lists, meal plans, symptom tracking charts, and kitchen-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—to provide readers with the tools they need to be successful.

The Migraine Relief Plan encourages readers to eat within the guidelines while still helping them follow personal dietary choices, like vegan or Paleo, and navigate challenges, such as parties, work, and travel. A must-have resource for anyone who lives with head pain, this book will inspire you to rethink your attitude toward health and wellness.

What does TWG think?

I, as well as thousands of other people, suffer with migraines on a regular basis. They’re often quite debilitating and, seeing as I suffer them alongside many other illnesses and symptoms, it can all get a bit too much to bear.

‘The Migraine Relief Plan’ is such a colourful and easy to follow book for those who wish to change their diet to see if it helps their head pain. I have been meaning to try the recipes in this book, but fatigue has run away with me. However there are a lot of recipes in this book which has given me much food for thought (pardon the pun), and I’m looking forward to trying a different route to reducing, and hopefully diminishing, my head pain.

Buy now

About the author.

Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, is an author, blogger, and certified wellness and health coach. Her recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Parade, and more. She lives in San Diego, CA. 

Social Media Links – 

https://www.facebook.com/stephanieweavermph

Twitter.com/sweavermph

Instagram.com/sweavermph

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#BlogTour! #Review – Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald (@SophieRanald) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

What does TWG think?

Geeez, poor Charlotte!! I felt so sorry for her throughout the book as she always seemed to draw the short straw in life. It was as though her friends saw her as the butt of all jokes and her work saw her as a skivvy who would pick up the pieces anytime things went wrong. How much could one character endure?!

I didn’t find this book to be as laugh out loud as I would have expected, given that it’s in the tag line on the front cover. However I did snigger at some of the colourful personalities which make themselves known as the storyline progresses.

I honestly expected a proper light hearted read and, whilst there were moments where I felt as though the storyline was on cloud nine, it was quite deep and serious.

I loved getting to know Xander – he was so fun and made Charlotte’s personality shine like it was meant to all along.

I did enjoy ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, what with the unique characters and unpredictable storyline, and I think that this is a read which is perfect for reading by the side of a pool. Sassy, colourful and unique – I am SOOO not sorry that I read this one!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 

To find out about Sophie’s forthcoming releases and get access to free books and special offers, sign up to her newsletter at sophieranald.com

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#TWGPresents – How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by…Books! With author Lynne Shelby (@LynneB1) #letstalkbooks #thewritinggarnet

How sweet it is to be loved by.. Books!!
I am absolutely delighted to welcome you all to TWG’s brand NEW feature, ‘How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By….Books!’ Sometimes life can get so busy, we often forget about books which have stayed with us through thick and thin, which is exactly why I wanted to do this feature. Over the next few weeks (hopefully longer if anyone else wants to take part), both authors and bloggers will be sharing their top two reads from the past and the present, as well as two books they’re eager to read in the future, and two books that they would read again no questions asked.

Kicking off TWG’s new feature is contemporary fiction author, Lynne Shelby. Here is a little bit more about her and how she got into reading:

Lynne Shelby writes contemporary women’s fiction/romance. Her debut novel, ‘French Kissing’ won the Accent Press and Woman magazine Writing Competition, and her latest novel, ‘The One That I Want,’ is the first of a series of stand-alone books set in the world of showbusiness. When not writing or reading, Lynne can usually be found at the theatre or exploring a foreign city, with a writer’s notebook, camera and sketchbook in hand. She lives in London with her husband, and has three adult children who live nearby.

How I Got Into Reading:

As a child, I only learnt to read fluently after I went to school, but once I could read, I always had my head in a book. My parents were great readers and my childhood home was lined with bookcases full of novels – as is my house now – and I read my way along the shelves. I also remember visits to the local library, and the thrill of choosing a new book. The books that captured my imagination as a child – I still have some of them – led to the love of reading that I still have today.

 

To keep up to date with Lynne on social media, you can follow her via the links below:

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Lynne Shelby’s Amazon

Top two favourite reads from the past:

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Top two favourite reads from the present:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

Two Books I’m eager to read in the future:

Still Me by JoJo Moyes

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Two Books I’ll read more than once with no questions asked:

Second Nature by Alice Hoffman

Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand


Have you read any of the books Lynne has listed, or are you now venturing onto your favourite bookselling website to find a copy for yourself? Let me know in the comments! Huge thanks to Lynne for kicking off this feature, and thank you to you all for reading it!

If you wish to take part please send an email to kaishajayneh@gmail.com with the subject ‘Feature’, along with:

Your bio, including how you started reading and any links you wish to include.
Your top two favourite reads from the past.
Your top two favourite reads from the present.
Your top two books you’re eager to read in the future.
And lastly, two books you’ll read more than once with no questions asked.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Until next time,

TWG
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