#BlogTour! #Review – Don’t Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman (@CollColemanAuth) @Bookouture

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A hilarious feel good read about making lemonade when life gives you lemons, and finding the silver lining in every cloud.

Poppy Bloom planned to finish her PhD and walk straight into a job at her university. But here she is, unemployed, unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, and living back at her mum’s in her vampire-themed childhood bedroom.

Not exactly what she was hoping for.

But when Poppy sets her mind to something, nothing can stand in her way. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team, and renews her friendship with her oldest friend Leanne. Spending time with Leanne’s gorgeous twin Tom is just a bonus…

But life has a way of tripping you up when you least expect it, and Poppy soon has to decide where her priorities lie… With new friends, a new career and a new romance, can Poppy keep everyone happy, or is everything about to tumble down around her?

What does TWG think?

DON’T STOP ME NOWWWWW, CAUSE I’M HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME, I’M HAVING BALLLLLLL. DON’T STOP ME, DON’T STOP ME OOOH OOOH OHHH.

Sorry, couldn’t resist, especially seeing as I have the pleasure of hosting today’s stop on Colleen Coleman’s blog tour for her brand new book, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’! Colleen’s book was published on the 22nd March 2017 by Bookouture, and it already has 21 FIVE star reviews (information correct as of 26/03/17)! Amazing. Here is my review of ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.

The title of Colleen Coleman’s book intrigued me beyond belief as, despite the fact we know those four words from a well-known song, it made me curious to see what those words would mean in the storyline itself.

Seeing as I was in a really dark place before I began reading ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, I was really hopeful that the book would give me the escape I so desperately craved. As soon as I had finished the first chapter I knew for certain that it was going to be THE book for me.

Poppy Bloom has been working so hard to ensure that all her T’s were crossed and I’s were dotted, in regards to her studies at university. Poppy was adamant that she would end up leaving university with a ready made job and that her life was going to go exactly to plan. The thing is, we all know that life doesn’t always (if ever) go to plan and unluckily for Poppy, she got to find out that her plan was no more, right in front of an audience. Double burn. No job. No home. No boyfriend. No income. No plans. That’s enough to scare anyone really, isn’t it? Well, lets just say that Poppy’s buds BloomED. No, really…they did. Get your mind out of the gutter people!!

Some people may read this book and think that Poppy’s lifestyle ended up unrealistic and unachievable (yes, I’ve been nosing), and you know what? I’m not one of those people. Yes, the things that happen to Poppy on a positive level DID make me envious, but did I think that it was unrealistic for people like us? No I didn’t. If anything it gave me hope that good things DO actually happen to people, and going through a ton of bad things doesn’t automatically mean that you’re going to live a life of picking the short straw. Poppy left a life of organisation, a life where she had grown accustom to the ins and outs of her daily circumstances, a life where anything different meant that Poppy ticked it off as a ‘don’t like’ thing.

The moment Poppy had to think about what she wanted, what her choices meant for those closely linked to her, how it felt to have a group of trusting friends; was the moment, for me, that Poppy flourished. As a reader who was so invested in the storyline and the characters I could have probably had a cameo in the book, I felt like I saw another side to Poppy’s personality. Her humour was incredible and her heart was ginormous; she really is the type of character I would LOVE to have as a best friend!

I found the entire novel rather hilarious, so hilarious in fact that several giggles managed to escape at the most random moments. The storyline was so fun from the very start, and I was overjoyed to see that fun carry on right until the very end. It didn’t lose momentum at all. The levels of sarcasm from Poppy’s new/old-found friends was ON POINT. Several giggles and snorts escaped from my mouth at the moments, I have to be honest!

Before I started Colleen Coleman’s novel I had a feeling it was going to be a good book;  what I didn’t know though,  was exactly HOW good it was going to be. As the saying goes, it turned my ‘frown upside down’. I have never felt so much joy and fun the entire length of a novel, as I have this one. I can’t put my finger on exactly why that was, it just was…perfect.

‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ is THE book to read right now. It’s fun. It’s flirty. It’s sassy. It’s hilarious. It’s light. It’s real. Colleen’s words showed me that it is okay not to be okay, it’s okay to not have your shizzmanizzle together as long as you DO get it together. Colleen showed me that it’s okay to follow the right route for you, not the right route for everyone else. Most important, Colleen and Poppy (of course) showed me it doesn’t matter how rocky the road is, all that matters is whether you have the right people helping you over those rocks.

Never mind buying a self-help book when you can buy ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. I absolutely adored this book, and I absolutely adored Poppy. If you need (hah, we all need books) a book to buy yourself, I highly recommend ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ as it is just what Doctor Bookouture and Doctor TWG ordered. Oh, and it just happens to be in amongst my favourite books ever.
Colleen Coleman; YOU’RE AMAZEBALLS.

Thanks to Bookouture.

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About the author
 
Colleen Coleman is an Irish-Canadian novelist. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’. She spent over ten years working as a teacher of English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching her eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words The End. As a result, her first novel was born. Colleen lives between London, Ireland and Cyprus with her very patient husband and very, very chatty twin daughters. Don’t Stop Me Now is her first book and will be released in March. 
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#WeekendBlitz! Stuck with Me by Cassandra Piat (@Cassandra_piat)#Review @NeverlandBT

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Molly, known for her unflagging optimism and constant cheeriness, is thrilled to win an all-expenses paid vacation to Mauritius. She packs her camera and a few colourful bikinis and can’t wait to have some fun in the sun. Little does she know there’s a catch.

Adam is a journalist on assignment and his mission is to test Molly’s optimism and see how far she can be pushed before she breaks. Surely it can’t be that hard?

What happens when Molly meets the hilariously cantankerous Adam and finds that she can’t seem to shake him? How will Adam successfully complete his task when faced with Molly’s beautiful smile, quick wit and curvaceous body?

As they bicker their way around the island, Adam and Molly realise that there’s more to each other than meets the eye. An unexpected friendship develops between them which soon turns into much more. But what will happen when Molly learns the truth behind Adam’s trip to Mauritius?

A heartfelt, funny and touching story about life, love, and happiness.

What does TWG think?

‘Stuck with Me’ is the type of novel that is ideal for reading when you need a change in genre. You know what I’m meaning; you’ve read too many crime thrillers or sci-fi and you’re wanting a completely different style book to wet your bookworm appetite. An amuse-bouche if you will. Now, I am a huge fan of romance novels and comedy novels and I couldn’t even begin to tell you exactly how many of those genre of books I have read in total. So when Ms.Piat’s novel got brought to my attention, I ummed and ahhed about reading it, as the cover didn’t really do anything for me, but the setting of the storyline did. I had never read a book that was set in Mauritius before and my interest was piqued. Hell, I had never been to Mauritius before on holiday so of course I was going to take the journey via Ms.Piat.

Overall the storyline was light-hearted, fun and pretty nice. Yes, it did contain a few deep circumstances but they weren’t approached in a heavy enough way to rid the book of its light hearted feel. For me though, whilst the storyline made me chuckle and provided me with just enough entertainment, I couldn’t find anything to sink my teeth into in terms of depth. But that’s just me.

‘Stuck with Me’ is your ideal holiday read whether that’s laying on a sun lounger topping up your tan reading it, or reading it on your way to your holiday destination. It’s fun, predictable yet full of sunshine due to Cassandra’s light-hearted approach to writing. If you want a book where you don’t have to think and can be as mellow as you wish, then this is most definitely the book for you.

Thank you NeverlandBT.

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TWG talks to blogger royalty, Rebecca Pugh (@beccasbooksuk)! #spotlight @UKCarina

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I am sure most (if not all) of you know the gem that has stopped by for a chat today. If you don’t, I want to know where the Daffodil have you been! Maybe in your home in Sunset Bay? Or did you return to Bluebell Hill?
Well, at least you’re here now, but please do refrain from foul language as I have -whispers- blogger royalty with me today, and I don’t wish to scare her off!

Author of Return to Bluebell Hill, A Home in Sunset Bay and most recently; Down on Daffodil Lane, Rebecca Pugh is here! I was lucky enough to nab her for a chat, and seeing as TWG is rather nosy, I didn’t hold back either! Enjoy!

TWG: Hi Rebecca, thank you for stopping by TWG! It’s your very first time here so I hope I don’t scare you away! Before we begin, could you tell my readers a little bit about you and your background please?

Absolutely! First of all, I’d like to thank you for hosting me on your wonderful blog, Kaisha. I’m certain you won’t scare me away!

My name’s Rebecca Pugh and I live in the green county of Shropshire UK with my partner and Bonnie the dog. I’m an avid writer, reader and book reviewer. I’m the eldest of seven children, so I come from a lovingly chaotic family, where dinner is noisy and squabbles are often overheard. I’m the author of Return to Bluebell Hill, A Home in Sunset Bay and the recently released Down on Daffodil Lane, all of which are published by Carina UK.

 

TWG: I like to help my guests warm up a little bit, so I am going to do give you a quick fire round. Is that okay? Fab. You can only choose one!

Round 1: Quick fire round.

Manicure or pedicure?

Manicure, definitely.

Flat shoes or high heels?

Flat shoes.

Paperback or hardback?

Paperback.

Hair up or hair down?

Down.

Looking pristine or looking casual?

Casual, always.

Chic lit or psychological thrillers?

No! How can you make me choose? I’m massive fan of both but I’ll go with my first love which was and always will be chic lit.

Now time to be sensible, ish. Hope you enjoy those!

TWG: You are a very well known blogger, what made you decide to start writing your own books?

I’d wanted to write well before I began blogging. I suppose, in a way, blogging gave me an extra confidence boost before finally taking that nerve-wracking step towards submitting my work. I’ve always been in awe of authors and how they manage to take readers away from real life, even if just for a few hours a day. My hope is to be able to achieve that too.

TWG: Out of the three books you have written, which one is your favourite?

I think it may be A Home in Sunset Bay. I had so much fun writing this one, and the sister aspect is something that will always be close to my heart. I adored the setting of Sunset Bay too, as I love being beside the sea, and Dolly’s Diner was an absolute joy to create! Mia and Laurie will always hold a special place in my heart.

TWG: Where do you get your inspiration from for writing your books?

Here, there and everywhere! A real mixture of real life and my own imagination. Songs, pictures, things I’ve heard or seen. Life is the best place to gather your ideas from.

TWG: When I started my blog, you were one of the first bloggers I noticed. What made you decide to start your own blog?

After finishing a book, I really needed somewhere to share my thoughts and feelings, and after a bit of a peek on the internet, I found a few book blogs and thought, ‘I’d love to do this!’ It seemed perfect, and after a few reviews, I began to find my way. I find book reviewing cathartic. It’s a great way to let loose your thoughts and share them with other readers around the world. The book community is one I’m forever proud and happy to be a part of. It also allowed me to chat with other authors too, which never loses its sparkle.

TWG: How do you switch from author to blogger mode?

Oh, what a great question! I don’t think I really ‘switch’ between the two. Both involve writing which is something I love doing either way. When working on my own books, I set myself word-count goals etc. so I get a lot more organised that way, and a lot stricter too. 

TWG: You strike me as a very upbeat and positive person, but, which book title would you choose to sum up your dark times?

I think I’ll choose ‘Beneath the Surface’ by Heidi Perks.

TWG: This is probably going to be a tricky one to answer, who are your favourite authors?

Jill Mansell, Holly Martin, Kath McGurl, Alexandra Brown, Sophie Kinsella. And then for the darker side of fiction, I’ll say Angela Marsons, Caroline Mitchell, Robert Bryndza and Stephen King.

TWG: What were your favourite books to read as a child and why?

Oh, gosh. I read so many books as a little girl, but the ones I absolutely LOVED were the Goosebumps series, and the Point Horror collection. I was always in the school library wanting to borrow these and must have gone through them all tons of times during my time there. I loved how creepy and strange they were, and became obsessed with the TV series of Goosebumps too. I think I liked them so much because each of them had a lesson to be learnt too.

TWG: Your latest novel ‘Down on Daffodil Lane’ was published recently, congratulations! What was your inspiration behind that particular book? I love the title by the way!

Thank you so much, Kaisha, I’m thrilled you love the title too.

My inspiration for Down on Daffodil Lane came to me one day as I was thinking about what it would be like for someone to need to get away and take some time out from life. We’ve all been there, right? I was going through a particularly rough patch at the time and would have loved nothing more than to head to a cottage in the countryside for some peace and quiet while I sorted myself out. Maria Charm was a woman who desperately needed this. I wanted to give this woman a new lease of life when things were going so badly for her, and so I whisked her away to Daffodil Lane where the promise of new friendships, a new job and perhaps even a new romance were on the cards.

TWG: One last question before you go, what can TWG readers look forward to seeing from you next?

I’m currently working on my fourth novel with Carina UK. I don’t have much to share on it just yet, but it should be arriving Spring/Summer of 2017. As soon as I have more to share, I most definitely will! I can’t wait to have another book out there with readers.

TWG: Do you have any exclusives for us?

Unfortunately not, at the moment, but I’ll keep you posted!

TWG: Thank you so much for being here with TWG today, I hope you have enjoyed the interview! It’s been great getting to know you a little bit more. Good luck with your latest release!

Thank you so much for inviting me here, Kaisha. The questions have been fabulous and I’ve really enjoyed it. Happy blogging! x

Huge, HUGE, thank you to Rebecca for stopping by TWG and answering a few (cough) questions! Please do come back and see me on the blog anytime you wish, it’s been an honour to have you with me today!

For those that want to know where you can get your mitts on Rebecca’s beautiful books, keep reading…

About Rebecca Pugh.

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Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire. Not an immediate reader, it took her a while to find her way towards the wonderful fictional words hidden between the pages of books. Ever since, she’s fallen under the spell of countless authors and the tales they’ve weaved. Her favourite authors include Jill Mansell, Cathy Bramley, Sarah Morgan and Holly Martin, to name but a few. She loves nothing more than tapping away at the keyboard, taking her characters from imagination to page and, when that isn’t the case, she adores curling up with a good book.

Rebecca is a fan of fairy tale romances that sweep you off your feet, dashing heroes and strong, lovable heroines. She can’t make up her mind whether she prefers a countryside escape, or a love story set in bustling New York. Either way, she’s more than happy to disappear into both.

When it comes to her own writing, Rebecca aims to whisk readers away to desirable locations, where they can meet characters who, she hopes, will begin to feel like friends. With a dash of romance here, and a shake-up of things there, she loves dreaming up stories and watching them come to life.

Links:
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Rebecca’s books on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rebecca-Pugh/e/B00ZOU3L9I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1471946366&sr=1-1

Rebecca’s books on Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Pugh/e/B00ZOU3L9I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1471946366&sr=1-1

Social Media Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/beccasbooksUK

 


Melissa Baldwin states that it’s ‘Not Quite Sheer Happiness’, but what does TWG think? Book review time!

It has been 24 hours since Melissa Baldwin’s latest novel ‘Not Quite Sheer Happiness’ was released to the adoring public! I had the deadline of reading the book by the end of the month (thank you to Karan for giving me the ARC!), however, I didn’t do that, obviously, seeing as it’s only the 9th! I read 12 chapters of the book in under an hour and thought it would be rude to not finish it! (I finished it within a couple of hours.) -hands head in shame- I hadn’t read any of Melissa’s books until this one -sniff- and it is safe to say that I trawled goodreads last night and put her other books on my ‘want to read’ shelf. You’re probably wondering why I’m rambling still, don’t worry though, I always do this because I know you’re probably laughing   (ego boost 😉 ).
Let’s get back to the book, want to know a teaser aka the blurb? Of course you do!

‘Sienna Harris is back and appears to be on top of the world! Her company, Sheer Happiness Events, is booming, but personally she’s a mess. She never imagined that with amazing success would come tremendous pressure. Although her professional life seems in disarray at times, her relationship with the dashing Ace Eckelund is finally progressing.
Friendships are tested and so is her relationship when—once again—the past collides with the present. Sienna begins to question everything in her life and wonders if she should throw out her desire for constant certainty and live life on the edge for once. But, will she be able to change the person she has always been for who she wants to become?
Find out in this captivating third instalment of The Event to Remember series.’

‘Not Quite Sheer Happiness’ can be read as a standalone so you don’t have to read the previous two books in the series. However, I would recommend that you do so, unless you’re going to go buy them after you have a book hangover with the third book….like I did.
Sienna is such a lost soul. She wants to be happy but she can’t quite let her guard down enough to be able to give herself the happiness she deserves. But why? What has caused Sienna to question her life and other people’s motives? One word – past. Who has ever been in a situation in their life where their past begins to ruin the present and possibly the future? Some might say it only gets ruined if you let it. Or, some might say that if you’ve been hurt rather badly in the past, it can take time to rebuild yourself ready for the future.
When I started to get to know Sienna’s personality and her little quirks, I found myself nodding along to everything she said, like worrying that something is going to stuff things up for her if she’s happy. Or that she’s paranoid about her new relationship because of the old one. I’ve been there multiple times, I can relate to Sienna. To be honest, Sienna is pretty much me. I would say Melissa did that on purpose but I didn’t know her, wahhhhhhh. I love the way Melissa has written Sienna’s character because she has the likeability factor and she goes out of her way to please everyone else even if that means it makes her slightly naïve. Most of the characters I warmed to quite quickly, except one. I didn’t like her, pompous so and so! (I’m not going to tell you which one, spoilers and all that 😉 ). It’s not anything against Melissa’s writing because the character was on point in general, I just took an instant dislike to her as if she were a real person haha.
This novel is full of drama from start to finish, and it is brilliant! There is always something going on, arguments, mishaps, tears, everything! Now add all the drama to hilarity and romance. What do you think you might end up with? That’s right, a book that make you feel like you’ve lost a friend when its finished. As you read at the beginning of the blog, I couldn’t put the book down. Everything flowed, there was never a dull moment within the story and quite a few laugh out loud moments.
Amongst all the giggles and tantrums over decorations, I did read between the lines a little bit and came across a little hidden message. If you’ve read my other blogs, you’ll be well aware that I like to find hidden messages in books that I read, and this book was certainly no different. Not Quite Sheer Happiness taught me that every once in a while you need to follow your heart and do something YOU want to do without concerning yourself with other people’s opinions on the matter. Just go for it, let your hair down and make yourself happy instead of every other person in your life.
I absolutely loved the book from start to finish and I was extremely gutted that it ended because of its sheer brilliance. Melissa Baldwin is a truly talented writer and I regret not finding her books sooner. Not Quite Sheer Happiness is a hug in a book. A feel good, relatable and loving story that will make you want more, because I definitely do. Amazing book, definitely sheer happiness.

‘Not Quite Sheer Happiness’ can be bought from: Amazon UK/Amazon US