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T-minus…how many days? TWG is still counting down!

It’s the final countdown!! Do do do dooooo do do do doooooo! Yes that’s right, ‘The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower’ in a matter of days, and TWG will be shouting about it until the day of release!

Today is Friday 24th June 2016 which means….

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‘Anouk LaRue used to be a romantic, but since she had her heart well and truly broken her love life has dissolved into nothing more than daydreams of the perfect man. Retreating to her extraordinary Little Antique Shop has always been a way to escape, because who could feel alone in a shop bursting with memories and beautiful objects…
Until Tristan Black bursts into an auction and throws her ordered world into a spin.
Following your heart is a little like getting lost in Paris – sometimes confusing and always exciting! Except learning to trust her instincts is not something Anouk is ready to do when it comes to romance, but the city of love has other ideas…’

Like the sound of that and want to ensure you have your copy pre-ordered ready? You can pre-order it right now via Amazon UK!

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Love cake, ‘Ruby Tuesday’, cake, A.L.Michael and…cake?

Hopefully the title has lured you in with extreme curiosity! Yes? Some of you may know that I absolutely adore A.L.Michael’s book ‘Ruby Tuesday’ and I have been cheerleading the book, and the author, in run up to its release! Today’s blog is a very special one, and I am thoroughly excited about sharing this with you as not only does it involve ‘Ruby Tuesday’, it involves cake! I LOVE cake!
If you have read the first book in the series, you will know that there is on character in particular that adores baking with her daughter. A.L.Michael has given us a very special recipe from that particular character! I’ll hand you over to the lovely author herself to explain!

Mollie and Esme’s Best Banana Loaf 

Hi all, A.L. Michael here, with a little tip from Mollie, one of the characters in Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, book one in the House on Camden Square Series. You’ll find out more about Mollie’s story in book 3, Be My Baby, out in the autumn, but if you’ve read the first one, you’ll know she’s an excellent baker, but she’s also really committed to healthy treats, especially for kids. That’ll happen when you’re brought up on a diet of McDonalds fries and mouldy sandwiches. 

So I’m sharing one of Mollie’s recipes, that even her 10 year old Esme loves! It’s a really versatile recipe, so if you haven’t got a loaf tin, make them into muffins!

Ingredients:

2 – 3 ripe bananas (squidgier the better!)

2 eggs

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup honey or maple syrup

1/4 cup water

1tsp baking soda

1tsp vanilla extract

13/4 cups wholewheat flour

Handful of chocolate chips, raisins or anything else you like! (At Christmas, Mollie adds white chocolate chips and dried cranberries!) 
You can also substitute the coconut oil for stewed apples for a really pudding-like texture (and extra 5 a day points!)

1.Preheat the oven to 165C, and line the baking pan/muffin pan.

  1. Mix the melted coconut oil, honey and mashed bananas.
  2. Add the baking soda, vanilla and whisk it up, then add the flour, mixing it nicely! If you need the little bit of water, add it in!
  3. Add in all the ‘fun’ ingredients, like raisins or chocolate!
  4. Pour it into the pan/muffin tray, you could put some sliced bananas on top for prettification purposes!
  5. Bake for about an hour (Mollie usually covers the top with tin foil for the first half an hour, but if you like it really crispy on top, then you don’t need to!) and check it with a toothpick or skewer to check it comes out clean.
  6. Let it cool and try to fend away little hands that try to take pieces when their mum says they have to wait till after dinner!
    Enjoy!

    I hope you all will enjoy that lovely recipe, and a huge thank you to A.L.Michael (and Mollie) for sharing that with us! If you do fancy making the cake, tweet me @kaishajayneh and @ALMichael_ with a picture of your creation! Lets see if we can get #Molliescake trending on twitter!

    If you still haven’t managed to read ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ then you can order yourself a copy right now via Amazon Buy Goodbye Ruby Tuesday where it’s currently 99p for a limited time!
    The second book in the series; ‘Nice Day For A White Wedding’ is being released in August! Not too long to wait, but you can ensure you have your copy by pre-ordering it right here: Pre-order ‘Nice day for a white wedding’.

    One last thing from me, if you have read any of A.L.Michael’s books please, please do leave a review on Amazon, it really helps such wonderful books get seen! Thank you!

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Guess who’s back, back again…it’s Tilly Tennant & ‘The Little Village Bakery’.

The Little Village Bakery (Honeyborne book 1) by Tilly Tennant.
Published 15th June 2016 by Bookouture.
Available to buy from Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Add it to your GoodReads shelf!

I would like to start by saying a MASSIVE congratulations to the very talented Tilly Tennant as today is her publication day! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ is available for you to get your hands on, as of RIGHT NOW! Links are above!
I am absolutely thrilled to have a little bit of Tilly Tennant on TWG, yet again. Think I need to get Tilly her own special seat here at TWG as I’m sure this won’t be the last time she’s spotted here either!

Here is my book review of ‘The Little Village Bakery’, I hope you enjoy!

Help yourself to a generous slice of Victoria sponge, a perfect cup of tea and a big dollop of romance. Welcome to the Little Village Bakery.
Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles.
Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention.
But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan.’

Wow, where to start with this one! Thank you to Bookouture, Netgalley and Tilly for the ARC! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ was not what I expected at all. Straight away you’re met with hints of a characters hidden past that remains secretive throughout, mostly. If you’re a curious devil like me, just that alone will keep the book in your hands. Millie wants a fresh start, but she seems to have jumped in feet first without thinking. As quickly as she jumped, the regrets start to surface which leaves Millie at a standstill. What on Earth should she do? Unfortunately for her, a certain person comes knocking with only one thing on their mind, but will it make Millie’s decision for her?
The cover captured my attention with this book big time, its vibrant, colourful, and has cake. Win win really isn’t it? 😉 I thought ‘The Little Village Bakery’ highlighted the fact that you shouldn’t judge things by the way that they look, or come across, without getting to know them first.
I found the book to be split in half in terms of happy and bubbly characters, and characters that weren’t all that they seemed. I thought that was a clever way of mixing up the storyline as not only is the story faced with trying to work out certain characters, but it also had added hilarity at the same time. It’s like a cushion after the gasp so to speak. I’m the sort of person that has a rather expressive face. If I’m confused or any other emotion, it is written ALL over my face, half the time I don’t realise, so when it came to reading this book, I am very glad I was reading it alone. Why? Because there were a few times that I was sitting with a furrowed brow going ‘what the’ ‘are you serious’ no way!’ and yes, it was out loud! For me, if a storyline can make me do that, as well as laugh out loud, then it’s an incredibly good sign. Tilly Tennant has written yet another captivating book that will make you feel like you’re part of the story, extremely involved.
Not only does Tilly manage to captivate the reader, she has also managed to incorporate certain situations into the story with extreme delicacy. That is a talent in itself. As always, there may be a character or two that can take a while to warm up to. Not in a negative way, but sometimes characters do things that could leave you thinking ‘you’re a donut’. ‘The Little Village Bakery’ is no different. There are many characters which have very complex personalities in the story and it makes for excellent reading. To be honest, the whole book makes an excellent read.
I said at the start of the review that the book wasn’t what I expected, and I still stand by that. It’s not a book about cakes, nor does Mary Berry appear in the bakery to bake a cake or two. What it is though, is a book about truth, forgiveness and finding yourself. Obviously there may be the odd cake involved, it is a bakery after all! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ left me hungry for more, luckily for us, it’s only the first book in the series and I cannot wait to see what happens next! A comforting  and mesmerising read from start to finish.

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‘Love Me for Me’ says Jenny Hale! TWG says..#bookreview!

Love Me for Me.
Published: 21st May 2014 by Bookouture.
Available to buy from Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Add it to your GoodReads shelf!

‘Sometimes you find perfect where you least expect it…
Libby Potter has just lost the perfect job, the perfect apartment and the perfect boyfriend. Moving back to the home town that she couldn’t wait to escape when she was younger was definitely not on her to-do list. Especially as it means running into the man whose heart she broke when she left.
Pete Bennett can still make Libby’s world stop with just the sound of his voice – even ten years on. Only now, she is the last person in the world that he wants to see.
As everyone else welcomes Libby home with open arms, she realizes she’s missed that special closeness that comes from lifelong friendship. And, as Libby seeks to make amends with Pete, she begins to wonder whether she made the right choice in leaving all those years ago.
When an amazing career opportunity gives her the chance to leave again, Libby will have to decide what her version of perfect is… and where she really belongs. ‘

Jenny Hale has always been a familiar name that has stuck in my mind for ages, and I couldn’t quite place where from. I mean, I knew she wrote books, obviously, but which ones? I knew I had seen them somewhere. So, one rainy day in May, I scurried off to Amazon to do a little bit of detective work. As you do. Within 0.1232 seconds I had a lightbulb moment. I KNOW WHAT BOOKS! How do I know? Because I had put a load of them into my wish list…and never bought them. Such an idiot!!!!! Soon after I was involved in ASI (author scene investigation 😉 ), I noticed on Twitter that Jenny was about to release a new book Summer at Oyster Bay (casually throws in a clicky to the new book). Anyway! Back I went to Amazon and gave myself a swift talking to. I wanted to read her new book but I had to read an older one first, for research purposes….’Love Me for Me’ it was!

Libby has lost her livelihood; her job, her boyfriend AND her home. For someone who has to have a plan in life, Libby finds herself faced with severe uncertainty of what lies before her. Which path should she choose? She gave up her old life to move to the big city, and now people of the big city have given Libby up. It’s time to see whether Libby follows her heart or her head….or her mother’s influence….
When you’re of a certain age, with your whole life in front of you to do whatever you choose, it can make you feel incredibly powerful. Your life, your decisions, yes? Well, it’s never that simple. What if you were made to think that a well paid job in the big city and power meant success? What if you were made to think that staying local meant you had failed?
After reading ‘Love Me for Me’ I felt so disappointed in myself because I had no idea why I hadn’t picked this book to read before now. You can tell that Libby is a lost soul, she has no idea whether she is coming or going, or what she wants to do with her life. As far as she is concerned, she made her bed and now she has to lie in it. I loved walking down memory lane, so to speak, with Libby and Pete. Finding out where they used to go as children, who they used to hang around with, all the little things that never seem important at the time. Yet, as soon as you’re an adult, it’s those little things that make your jigsaw complete. I saw some of myself in Libby’s personality because of the way she couldn’t find the confidence to go with her heart instead of worrying what people would think of her.
I seem to be saying that a lot, that I can relate to quite a few characters in stories, but I love feeling connected to a book in that way.
Reading some of the novel with Pete’s thoughts and feelings in the back of my mind, I could tell how much of an ‘old soul’ he was. Heart in the right place, but he was going with his head, the complete opposite to Libby.
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Love Me for Me’. There was always something within the storyline to keep me wanting more, whether it was an emotional part or nosiness! I can honestly say I could not find one fault with this book AT ALL. Well, except that it had to end, but I suppose that one is allowed ;). Just like Libby, family has always been important but I have never been the sort to do family meet up’s. However, after reading Libby’s story it made me realise that family won’t be around forever and instead of thinking ‘i’ll go see them soon’, change that to ‘now’. Soon may never come around. Memories will stay with you, but so will regret, just as Libby finds out.
Such a thought-provoking read filled with love, passion and learning to make the ‘right’ decisions for the ‘right’ time. Absolutely brilliant.

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It may be Liz Tipping’s publication day, but she wants to spend it talking to TWG!!

DON’T YOUUU, FORGET ABOUT MEEEE, DON’T DON’T DON’T!
Why is it that I tend to sing or dance or speak about cakes, whenever I blog? Hmmmm! I wonder!
TWG would like to say a MASSIVE congratulations to Liz Tipping as today her novel ‘Don’t you forget about me’ is released for you to buy! I pre-ordered my copy and it pinged straight onto my kindle first thing this morning, felt like Christmas! I must say, I’m incredibly surprised that Liz isn’t having a bath in champagne tonight as she is here talking to me! I asked her some rather exciting questions to find out what made her tick, here’s what she said:
(Oh, and Liz? I totally want my million bonus points on a picture…for my blog…don’t you forget about me now 😉 )

TWG: Banana’s or strawberries?
After much deliberation I am going with strawberries because you cant make jam out of bananas.

TWG: Heels or flats?
Flats- I only own one pair of shoes and I’m always in trainers.

TWG: Giraffes or koalas?
Love both, but I saw a giraffe at Dudley Zoo and they are so beautiful!

TWG: Left or right?
Right!

TWG: The Breakfast Club or Breakfast At Tiffany’s?
Has to be The Breakfast Club. I love that film so much! That ending!

Next – would you?

TWG: Would you run around a supermarket in your PJ’s singing ‘don’t you forget about me?’
Probably not even though I do find myself singing sometimes in the supermarket!

TWG: Would you prank a significant other because your best friend told you to?
No, I’d do it myself anyway without prompting

TWG: Would you arrange a surprise party for someone that disliked surprises?
Ha ha, no I wouldn’t. I’m not too keen on parties myself, they’re too much like enforced fun.

General.

TWG: If you could become any animal, what would you become and why?
A bird so I could soar high above the world – and you know, also poop on my enemies

TWG: Name the superpower you would love to have, and why.

A bot of telekinesis wouldn’t go amiss. Very handy for all those times when you went into the kitchen for something and returned to the couch and got all comfy. You could just summon your KitKat without having to go back and fetch it

TWG: What is the weirdest or most unusual thing that you have done in a dare?
I don’t think I have done anything like that. I mustn’t be very daring.

Book time!

TWG: Some people might not get what your book links to in terms of the title (do I get bonus points for saying that I did?!). For those that didn’t, what was your inspiration behind your book?

Yes! A million bonus points are herby awarded to you. My latest novel is influenced by the films of the late, great John Hughes. In the 1980s John Hughes directed some of the most memorable teen movies of our time including my favourites The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful.
Like Andie in Pretty in Pink, Cara is from “the wrong side of the tracks” and feels like she doesn’t quite fit in so she is on a mission to find her thing. Like the characters in The Breakfast Club, she wonders if she is an athlete, a princess, a brain, a criminal or a basket case and attempts to discover if any of these could apply to her.

TWG: If you could sum up your book in 5 words, what would they be?
Funny, nostalgic, quirky, romantic and summery.

TWG: Were there any characters in your book that you found yourself disliking?
There are a few, but I changed my mind about them as the book went on.

TWG: How long did ‘Don’t you forget about me’ take to write?
I wrote the first draft in a month as part of Nanowrimoo- National Novel Writing month, but then spent a good while rewriting it.

TWG: Was your book based on yourself or anyone else in particular?
No, not really, but I did work in a video library like Cara does and a lot of the things the customers say to her are things that have been said to me.

TWG: What is your writing process like? Do you plan first? Need to write in quiet?
Yes, I like to plan , I love to know exactly what is going to happen apart from the last couple of chapters which I decided on as I write the book. Sometimes I am surprised by the ending!

TWG: Have you got any exclusives that you can tell us? When a next book is coming out (after this one)? Tell us what is in store for you next!
I haven’t got any plans just at the moment for a new one, just a few scribbles really. I’ll be sure to let you know when I have concrete plans in place.

About Liz Tipping.

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As well as reading and writing novels, and blogging, I enjoy watching John Hughes films and science fiction box sets. I also love reality television, Irish sausages and ginger beer. I love camping, glamping , polka dots,  adventures to the seaside and having a natter on twitter. I live with my husband and our beagle, Mary.

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About the book – Don’t you forget about me.
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Cara Dunham is definitely one of them. But stuck in her small hometown, with no prospects of escape, she’s struggling to find her thing. Her life is more book club than Breakfast Club and there is no Judd Nelson in sight!
So when Cara is invited to a school reunion she knows this is her chance to channel her inner Molly Ringwald and grab her John Hughes moment, once and for all. Because her teenage love, Daniel Rose will be there, the coolest boy at school and the one that got away. But transforming into an 80’s icon isn’t easy and Cara enlists the help of her oldest friend, Stubbs, to teach her all she needs to know about being cool and quirky – a la Ringwald.
Except Stubbs thinks she’s perfect, just as she is and takes it upon himself to show Cara that her life might not be ‘movie perfect’, but there is always another take to get things right. And maybe the hero she’s dreamed of has been under her nose the whole time…’

 

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Book Review of ‘How to find your (first) husband’ by Rosie Blake.

How To Find Your (first) Husband by Rosie Blake.
Published: 2nd June 2016 by Corvus.
Paperback: ISBN-10: 1782398627
ISBN-13: 978-1782398622
Available to buy on Amazon UK/Amazon US.

‘Isobel Graves moved to LA determined to be the Next Big Thing. Instead, she is dressed as a giant prawn handing out fliers promoting a fish market. Rather than attending glamorous parties and dating exciting men, her evenings consist of watching box sets with her sort-of boyfriend, whose idea of romance is a late-night drunken text. Where did it all go wrong? When Isobel catches sight of Andrew Parker, her childhood sweetheart, in the background of a TV news story she feels it’s a sign. If she’d stuck with Andrew everything would have turned out better. Now she just needs to find him…Join Isobel as she travels from LA to Devon and to a remote Malaysian island in search of true love.’

I would like to start off by saying a massive thank you to Corvus and of course Rosie Blake, for giving me the opportunity to review the book before it is released!

As soon as the book came through my letterbox, I squealed and danced, much to the amusement of my two year old. To be fair, look at the cover, how can you not squeal and dance at it? Now add the title to the equation and it’s highly intriguing!
Have you ever had to dress up for work? No, I don’t mean by wearing something a different colour, or tartan or even dress down day. I mean dress up to look completely different. Yes? What did you dress up as? I dressed up as Betty from the Flintstones for work once, in a busy supermarket, on a Saturday….I still cringe now. Although, ha, after reading that Isobel had to dress up a prawn for her job in LA, my embarrassment soon faded!
Isobel moved to LA to land a career in Television, after all it was LA, what could wrong? Instead of living the high life as she had dreamt about, she was handing out fliers dressed as a prawn and a tomato. Not at the same time of course. But in the back of Isobel’s mind, she has always thought about her the guy that just disappeared from her life. The guy she has had a soft spot for, for many years. I mean, he shared his lunch with her at school, how could you not love a guy for that? Isobel is determined to pick up where they left off, if only she knew where he was….
Ah young love with the tales of the playground. Kiss chase, ‘marriages’, arguments because you didn’t wait for someone at lunch time; remember those days? Isobel does! I read the prologue, frowned in confusion, thought ‘what the’ once or twice, and then laughed like a hyena. That was my response after reading two pages. I had high hopes for the rest of the book and I was looking forward to delving into it with that sort of humour. The book didn’t disappoint at all. The flashbacks that happen frequently within the book are a work of art, pure genius on Rosie Blake’s part. Not only do you have the grown up Isobel trying to find her way in life, you read about the younger side to her in the flashbacks and it is brilliant. The lengths that Isobel goes to find the answer to her ‘what if’ is absolutely bonkers, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if many women (or men) had done that! Do you take the chance, or not? Despite it being bonkers (in a good way I must add), the obstacles that Isobel is faced with, alongside the sticky situations that she puts herself in makes hilarious reading. Don’t get me wrong, I did feel a bit sorry for Isobel on multiple occasions, especially when the sticky situations turned into incredibly cringy situations. Rosie Blake has managed to turn embarrassing situations into ‘brush it off’ situations. Imagine that you had a bad first date, and then turned it into a positive thing and ended up laughing and happier than before. Done? That’s how Rosie Blake has written this.
Each situation is completely realistic, every character is unique with realistic tendencies as well. Instead of a book having the ‘typical’ ‘handsome and rugged’ man aka Mr Darcy, it has a man who isn’t out of anyone’s reach because you’ll see someone like that walking down the street.
Isobel’s mum is absolutely crackers and she is one of my favourite characters in the story because she doesn’t give a rat’s tail about anything, and she comes across as ‘being at one’ with herself. But the other side of her shows that she does and says what she wants and couldn’t care less what anyone thinks of it, including her husband! I found that every character in the book had their own story to tell, and Rosie Blake had them tell it in their own special way.
‘How to find you (first) husband’ is such a fun, hilarious and wonderful read. I did not want to put it down at all. I just wanted to stay with Isobel and see what else she could get up to as she is fascinatingly bonkers. This was the very first book of Rosie’s that I have read, and it definitely won’t be the last. Everything is on point with this book, the storyline, characters, humour; just everything. The only downside to this book, in my opinion, was that it had to end. I cannot recommend this book enough and it is definitely one of my favourite books that I have read so far this year (& I have read over 30)!
Rosie Blake, you are a genius.

 

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Time for a Weekly Wrap Up!

Weekly Wrap Up!

If you have been hiding under a rock this week or you were washing your hair, then you have missed all this lovely lot! Time for The Writing Garnet’s debut Weekly Wrap Up!

This week has seen the lovable Maya Berger talk about her Luna Tree in her guest post:
An insight into Maya Berger’s ‘Luna Tree – The Baby Project’.

I managed to have a natter with the lovely Evie who features in ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ by A.L.Michael. Managed to grab and exclusive from her aswell. A.L.Michael can’t say no to me, obvs ;).  Such fun!
*NOT TO BE MISSED*. Evie from ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ by A.L.Michael stops by for a chat, and an EXCLUSIVE!

Now, it seems that I have two posts this week that have been fighting for top spot in terms of views. Goodbye Ruby Tuesday and…..Darcie Boleyn’s book Something Old, Something New!
So much for a bank holiday weekend, we went on tour with Darcie and Annie, and decided that moonwalking was the in thing. Or rather I did, alone, completely alone. Whilst watching Annie admire a lolly stick…..
The Blog Tour bus has stopped right here with ‘Something Old, Something New’ with Darcie! (and Annie!)

This week has also seen the release Lily Graham’s Summer Escape novel and I decided to sit down with Lily and talk about The Magic Faraway Tree, as you do. Oh, and the book obviously….
TWG speaks to Lily Graham on the publication day for Summer Escape. OUT NOW!!

Oh there is more! Samantha Tonge decided she fancied a bit of Poldark for breakfast. No, wait, Poldark’s breakfast? Ahem. Ah, Samantha decided to reveal Poldark’s breakfast! No, still not right? How many innuendo’s can one fit in a paragraph…..
Pfftt fine, Samantha Tonge had a reveal of her gorgeous new cover for ‘Breakfast at Poldarks’. Can see where I went wrong….
**COVER REVEAL** It’s time for ‘Breakfast at Poldarks’ with Samantha Tonge!

And if all of that wasn’t enough fun for you, we went on tour AGAIN courtesy of a lovely Bear(@batbtweets). ‘I wish I could remember you’ by L.J.Epps.
Book Tour of ‘I Wish I Could Remember You’ by L.J.Epps.

Books received:
I’m only going to write the physical books as I may have, ever so slightly, lost track of the kindle ones…I haven’t been buying more, I swear. Pinocchio what are you doing here?!?

My lovely book post this week was: ‘We’ve come to take you home’ by Susan Gander and ‘Now and then friends’ by Kate Hewitt.

I also bought a physical book: ‘The Girls’ by Lisa Jewell.

The number of books that I have read this week has only been three, I think!

Next week sees more book reviews, book tours, Q&A’s and giggles! Enjoy your week!

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Book Tour of ‘I Wish I Could Remember You’ by L.J.Epps.

Today it is my turn on the one month book tour for ‘I wish I could remember you’ courtesy of The Books and The Bear. Thank you for giving me opportunity to be involved with this book!

I wish I could remember you by L.J.Epps.
Available to buy now from: Amazon US/Amazon UK/
Apple iBook/Kobo

‘Emily wants romance in her life—the kind of romance that leads to a perfect marriage. She dreams of having a husband who loves her and treats her with respect, someone she can spend the rest of her life with. She meets—and marries—Steven Montgomery, hoping he will make all of those things come true.
Finally, after so much devastation, Emily leaves Steven, files for divorce, and moves on with her life. Her sister, Monica, introduces her to a wonderful man named Robert. Emily falls in love with him. He is kind, gentle and sweet—all things now missing from her marriage. She is happy, in love again, and well on her way to divorcing Steven.
But, Steven doesn’t want the divorce; and, since he is a savvy lawyer, he tries everything to prevent it. Although Emily still has residual feelings for Steven, she knows that it could never work between them. She wants to move on with the new love of her life, Robert.
After a horrific accident, Emily can no longer remember Robert and all the things he has meant to her, and she can no longer remember all the horrific things Steven has done to her.’

Who would say no to romance or a happily-ever-after type relationship? Not many people I would imagine. When two people get married, they don’t except abuse after abuse, disaster after disaster or the dreaded control, do they? I can only assume no, I’ve never been married. That wasn’t the sort of relationship that Emily thought she would get when she married Steven. A ‘perfect romance’ to begin with, the ‘perfect man’, everything just slotting into place, that was Emily’s dream. But did Emily’s dream come true? Or did she find herself in an unbearable situation?
Emily and Steven’s relationship spiralled into a cloud of negativity, so bad that Emily filed for a divorce and tried to move on with her life with a wonderful man named Robert. But Steven wasn’t daft. He wasn’t going to leave her alone, and he had people he could call on for ‘favours’. Steven wanted Robert out of the picture, and there was only one way he was going to be able to make that happen, illegally.
Unfortunately, he got more than he bargained for. Emily suffers an horrific car accident which leaves her with the inability to remember the recent and happy moments with Robert, but it’s left her remembering the ‘wonderful’ things about her and Steven’s relationship. Pretty much a case of ‘rose tinted glasses’. She refused to believe her past, what Steven was capable of and he knew that, but he also used that to HIS advantage and not hers.
‘I wish I could remember you’ covers really tragic and unfortunately circumstances, some of which many women and men suffer on a daily basis. L.J.Epps, in my opinion, has written about those situations in a realistic way to show exactly how damaging it is and that it isn’t a laughing matter. It’s a very serious matter and should not be ignored. However, when you’re living that life, you don’t see it, so the rose tinted glasses stay on. I enjoyed the book because of how it was written and how ‘normal’ the characters were. Obviously the topic within the novel wasn’t enjoyable but because it was a subject that happens, I still found it to be part of a good story. One thing I would say is though, L.J.Epps delves into the situations and circumstance with great detail throughout, however, the last part of the book I found that it halted far too quickly without much of an explanation. The basis of the explanation was there, but that was it. Now, that is nothing against the writing or the book because it just shows that I wanted more of the book and didn’t want it to end.
The storyline was incredibly gripping and quite unpredictable which, for me, made it even more enjoyable. I like feeling that I’m reading a book which leaves me sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation. ‘I wish I could remember you’ was one of those books. Full of emotion, raw reality and very unfortunate circumstances. Those things MADE the story. There were times within the story that I gasped, cried, got angry and thought ‘what the’…the makings of a mind blowing story.

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The Blog Tour bus has stopped right here with ‘Something Old, Something New’ with Darcie! (and Annie!)

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“Annie are you okay? Are you okay? Are you okay Annie?” -moonwalks-. I wonder if anyone has moonwalked down the aisle on their wedding day…hmmm. Darcie, did Annie? I’m curious now. Oh, sorry, you’re not here for my thoughts on dancing are you? Pfffffttttttt! Well, that’s alright then because I have something WAYYYY more interesting than me moonwalking to MJ.

Welcome to today’s Blog Tour Stop for Darcie Boleyn ‘Something Old, Something New’! (Courtesy of @NeverlandBT)
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‘A heartwarming, giggle­inducing romance from Darcie Boleyn, just in time for the wedding season! Will you marry me…again?
When Annie Thomas agrees to give her ex away at his wedding to his boyfriend, she thinks she’ll be fine. With her three children at her side, she can handle anything. Then she finds out her gorgeous first ex-­husband Evan Llewellyn is flying in from his glamorous life in New York to attend as well! An unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship and as she stumbles throug
h the ups and downs of life as a working single mum – helping everyone else find a happy ending along the way – Annie refuses to believe their old and incredibly hot spark can still exist. It’s only when she and Evan are forced to face up to the past together that they’ll discover if they can have their own happily­everafter too!’

I must admit, I was extremely excited about reading this book and being involved in the tour that I read the book a couple of weeks ago, ready. Eager much?
‘Something Old, Something New’ gives you an insight to Annie’s past, present and personality. On the topic of personality, if you could choose the most bizarre name for a dog, what would it be? I wonder what Annie called her dogs….
Annie Thomas hasn’t had the most straight forward life so far; one child with her first husband, two children with her second gay now ex-husband, and a neighbour who believes in finding her own Prince Charming…in lycra.
Annie was asked to give her ex husband away at his wedding, naturally she agrees, but that was before she realised she would have not ONE ex husband in the same room as her, but TWO ex husbands. Will the flutters in her tummy for a certain ex husband fly away? Or will Annie’s past come back to life right in front of her?

To be honest, I was hooked by the first word in the book! My sort of woman is Annie! If you’re not hooked by the third or fourth page then I want to know why. The cringe factor and hilarity is on point right from the beginning of the book. I had to read the rest of the first chapter through my fingers because I was laughing so hard and had no idea what Annie was going to get up to next. I certainly won’t be looking at lolly sticks without laughing from now on let me tell you!
The way Darcie has written Annie’s character, I could tell she had a bond with her. Annie is such a warm, funny and engaging character, it was hard not to love her. She constantly thinks about her past and wants to not make the same mistakes as before, so it’s like she is always on tenterhooks. I mean, who doesn’t think about their past and their mistakes? Everyone does or at least has done. Annie wants the best life for her children and her close friends, whilst in the process putting herself last. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because of all the giggles, the realness of the storyline, especially with the ‘unconventional family’. For me, it flowed excellently, every single word in the novel had a right to be there if that makes sense!
As the story progressed, I began to learn more about Annie’s children and her exes. With the newfound information I was urging Annie to make a decision. I predicted the story would unfold in a certain way, and it did. Now, that did not disappoint me at all because I’m all for cheerleading, especially when you’re hopeful about the characters and their lives when you read such a wonderful book.
Darcie has written about real life struggles and circumstances in such a refreshing way. Instead of making a bad situation all fluffy and false outcomes, she has made them….real, made them fit in with now because someone somewhere is going through those things. Darcie has written about fear, sadness, hope, but most of all, love. There’s one thing writing about love and not having anyone believe it, but to write about love in multiple forms and write it in a memorable and outstanding way is incredible. I think that shows how wonderful of a writer Darcie is if she can portray all of that within the storyline and characters.
Seeing as this is a romantic comedy, do you think I cried whilst I read it? Of course I did! Reading ‘Something Old, Something New’ was like watching your best friends wedding video. Emotional but utterly brilliant. If I could pack up and move into Annie’s house, I would. Thank you Darcie for a truly exceptional and thought provoking read. You have made me believe that it’s okay not to be perfect, as long as you are true.

About the author:

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Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

Before you go, fancy a chance at winning a copy of Something Old, Something new? Well here is your chance to!
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**COVER REVEAL** It’s time for ‘Breakfast at Poldarks’ with Samantha Tonge!

It’s an exciting blog post for you all this morning! A VERY exciting one. Why? Because I have the honour revealing Samantha Tonge’s brand new cover for her new novel! Thrilled to be a part of this today! I won’t keep you too much longer, although I am trying to build suspense…..but what the heck, it’s gorgeous and I just HAVE to show you. You ready?

Drumroll please……

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TADAAAAAAA!! Isn’t is a beautiful cover! Stylish and highly enticing, and that’s just the cover! Want to find out a little bit about the book? Good, because funnily enough, I have some information right here for you!

Blurb: DREAMING OF THE PERFECT MAN?

‘Kate Golightly needs to move forward and what better way to do that then with a trip to the Cornish coast with best friend and boss, Izzy. The sea wind is just what Kate needs to finally relax and begin to let go of her past. Except she’s suddenly got one big reason to panic! She RSVP’d ‘yes’ to the Queen Bee of her high school’s wedding saying she’s bringing her boyfriend (she doesn’t have one) who looks just like Ross Poldark! With only two weeks to find the Poldark look­alike of her dreams Kate is under a lot of pressure for the Cornish coast to deliver…

A hilarious and moving romantic novel from bestselling author, Samantha Tonge. A must­read this summer!’

Like the sound of that? If you’re anything like me and enjoy pre-ordering books so you have them waiting, bit like Christmas presents, then here is where you can pre-order it from!

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About the author Samantha Tonge.

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Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. She has sold over 80 stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, “Doubting Abbey”, from CarinaUK HarperCollins, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones won the 2015 Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

Get in touch with Samantha:

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