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#CoverReveal! ‘There’s Something About Cornwall’ by @daisyjamesbooks @HQDigitalUK

EEEEE! It’s that time again folks! A Daisy James cover reveal! As I am sure you’re aware by now, Daisy James’ previous book covers have been GORGEOUS, and this one is definitely a beauty. It gives me great pleasure to be able to help reveal Daisy James book cover for her new novel;  There’s Something About Cornwall, which is set to be published on the 8th March 2017 by HQ Digital. You ready to see it?

You sure?



Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer, Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast…

Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby.

Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy tale dreams come true?

Isn’t it a beauty??!!! Beautiful AND intriguing! Judging by the first paragraph of the blurb alone, it sounds a SUPER read. Food photographer, a hunk AND a camper van?! Girls, we are getting spoilt!

If you want to ensure your hunk in a camper van arrives on your kindle, ready for you to wake up to (swoon), head on over to Amazon to pre-order your copy and give yourself a treat ready for the 8th March 2017.

I don’t know about you but I CANNOT WAIT to read this one!

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It’s publication day for Daisy James’ – ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’. When better for a review?!

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‘When life gives you lemons, make lemon-drizzle cupcakes…

Lucie thought that proposing to her boyfriend in Tiffany’s would be the best day of her life. Until he said no. In just a few seconds, her whole world is turned upside-down! And when she accidentally switches cocoa powder for chilli powder at work, she finds herself out of a job, too…

Baking has always made life better in the past, but can Lucie really bake her way to happiness? Starting her own company, selling cupcakes out of an old ice cream van might just be the second chance that Lucie needs!

Of course, she never expected to find love along the way…’

What does TWG think?

Thank you to Carina and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in return for my honest thoughts!

Ever since I was involved in the cover reveal for this book, ‘impatient’ became my middle name. I love cake. The title has ‘cupCAKE’ in it, therefore, I had to read it! I had my fingers crossed because I didn’t want to be disappointed. I hoped my excitement for the book hadn’t hyped it up too much…

Ah, Tiffany’s. What female has never heard of Tiffany’s? I’m sure a lot of females would love to have their engagement ring from that particular jewellers, especially if they got proposed to right in the building! How incredible would that be?! Lucie thought that getting engaged in Tiffany’s would be surreal, and SHE had arranged to do the proposing! Oh how romantic! Well, it would have been romantic, if her boyfriend had said yes….
Thank goodness for cupcakes eh?!

You think you’re on the same path as your partner, ready to take the next step in your relationship, until one night, the rug takes taken from under your feet. Everything you thought you had, the romance, the plans, the dreams….all gone. Of course you’re going to be heartbroken, who in their right mind wouldn’t be? But there does come a time when you need to put on your big girl pants from Asda and own the situation. Move on. That doesn’t mean putting chilli flakes on top of a dessert though….no really…it doesn’t!

Never mind Lucie being heartbroken, I was heartbroken for her! What a plonker of a boyfriend! Life did have to go on, bills needed to be paid, so of course Lucie had to work. I found the events in the kitchen where she worked, absolutely hilarious. I probably shouldn’t have, I mean, I would be a tad miffed if I was on the receiving end of it in a restaurant. But, I wasn’t, so I could laugh ;).

The way positive events popped up for Lucie had me clapping my hands like a sugar hyped school child. You’ll see what I mean when you read the book! Several paths that Lucie went down created such a fun and vibrant atmosphere within the whole book. Yes, she did face heartbreak and loneliness, but the way she coped with it all made the book even more of an enjoyable read.

Cupcakes do feature quite a lot in ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’, which is obviously a good sign what with them being in the title!  However, all the different varieties of yumminess made me exceptionally hungry! I think a warning should be on the front ‘Only read with a CAKE in your hand’.

I could see where the storyline was heading, especially in terms of the ending, BUT, it didn’t ruin the book or the feeling that I got whilst reading it. I was extremely excited to read this book, and no, it most certainly didn’t disappoint. ‘When Only Cupcakes Will do’ is such a light-hearted and fun read containing characters that will keep you thoroughly entertained. Not only that, it’s the perfect book to read when times are hard in your own life. ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’ is the ideal book to escape in; where better to escape than with cake?

 When only cupcakes will do by Daisy James, published by Carina, is available to buy and download right now from: Amazon Uk

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TWG’s Don’t-Snooze-You’ll-Lose Deal Day With….@daisyjamesbooks

It’s Tuesday…which means…it’s SNOOZE day!! Wait, no, it’s not snooze day…if you snooze you’ll miss a deal, yes? Ahhh, that makes more sense now. Shall we try again? Tuesday’s on TWG mean it is…..’Don’t-Snooze-You’ll-Lose’ Deal Day With the lovely Daisy James!
Daisy James is the author of ‘If the dress fits’ which was released in paperback format not so long ago! She is also the author of today’s deal AND, as of the 4th August 2016, her third novel ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’.

Today’s deal you definitely do not want to snooze for because it’s another 99p deal!! Yes, that’s right, 99p for a book! If you fancy a nice chic lit/rom com style read, then feast your eyes on this:


What a girl wants…

Squeezing herself into a frothy, flouncy, bubble-gum pink dress, Rosie Hamilton thinks that being a bridesmaid for her spoilt little sister Freya can’t get any worse.

But discovering her boyfriend in a cupboard with the bride, ten minutes before Freya is due to say ‘I do’, is the icing on the sequined wedding cake – and Rosie’s cue to pack her bags.

Swapping her Louboutins for Wellingtons, Rosie throws her bridesmaid bouquet in the air and flies from bustling New York to sleepy Devon. Her late Aunt Bernice’s cosy countryside cottage is the only place that’s ever felt like home.

Now, for the first time in her life, and with the help of her beloved Aunt’s diaries, Rosie must put herself first for a change – and decide what she really wants…’

Please note: The Runaway Bridesmaid is 99p for a LIMITED TIME ONLY. I do not know when the deal will end. If you don’t want to miss out, then it’s best if you don’t snooze or you’ll lose.

To grab yourself a copy of ‘The Runaway Bridesmaid’: Click Here
To grab yourself a copy of Daisy’s debut novel ‘If the Dress Fits’: Click Here
To pre-order your copy of Daisy’s new novel ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’: Click Here 

I have this book sitting on my kindle waiting to be read! Actually, I fib, I have all three of Daisy’s books haha. If you have read them too, please do leave a review on Amazon etc. It doesn’t have to be an essay, as long as constructive, it will help and support the author. Thank you!

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‘If The Dress Fits’ is released in paperback, TODAY! Daisy James says so!

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Today is a special day for Daisy James as her novel ‘If The Dress Fits’ is released in paperback format! This means not only can the book be bought for your kindle, you can now get your hands on your own ACTUAL copy. How fab is that?


She might be the most famous person in the country, but no one even knows her name…
Callie’s exquisite, glittering silk gown has been shortlisted for the celebrity wedding of the year. But just as all her dreams are coming true, disaster strikes!
Leaving behind the bright lights of London, Callie is forced to return home to sleepy Althorpe. And there’s one man she hopes to avoid – the childhood sweetheart who turned her life upside down. But now she’s back, is it finally time to stop running?
Yet, as Callie faces her past, a Cinderella-like hunt begins for that perfect, pearl-embroidered dress, mysteriously submitted without a name…’
Buy ‘If The Dress Fits’ from Amazon.

To celebrate this, Daisy James has written a post for me to publish on my blog today.
Over to you Daisy!

If The Dress Fits – Daisy James

“You can take a girl out of Yorkshire, but you can’t take Yorkshire out of a girl”
I’m proud of being ‘a Yorkshire lass’ as my father used to call me, so I just had to set one
of my stories in my home county. I grew up in a tiny village near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire very similar to Allthrope in my new novel, If The Dress Fits. The village had a few shops; a baker’s, a hardware store, a florist’s, but the magical emporium that drew me to its window every day on my way home from school was not the sweet shop, but the haberdashery shop.

Perhaps this particular fascination with becoming an all-round seed pearl Princess was inevitable – hardwired into my genes, you might say – as my mother, before she was married, worked in the haberdashery department of a large department store. She too loved nothing better than to immerse herself in a pile of fluffy fabrics or a pyramid of yarn. One of my most abiding memories is of my mother laughing as she related her favourite story about the diverse questions, posed mostly by men, that would send her, and her young colleagues, off into fits of inappropriate giggles:

Is this the department where I can get felt?

Can I get felt here?

So, I would stare through the dusty window – sometimes it would have a sheet of yellow cellophane draped over it to protect the display from harsh sunlight which was an event in itself – and dream of the weekend when my Mum would take me to the little haberdashery shop to spend my pocket money on a length of ribbon or a card of pearly buttons. My sister thought I was crazy, her pocket money was reserved only for the very best mix-up the sweet I would take my time deciding what to choose, marvelling at the spools of ribbons, intricate lace and trimmings neatly displayed in a kaleidoscope of colours, at the zips dangling from the carousels like lizard’s tongues alongside the elastic and press-studs. I’d run my fingers over the various yarns – mostly natural wools, cottons or mohairs – none of that modern acrylic my grandmother would swear could give you an electric shock. I was truly in my personal version of paradise as I flicked through the pattern books to select a cardigan that maybe one day, in the distant future, I might be able to attempt myself.

Many of these little jewels of the high street have disappeared now – I know my childhood Aladdin’s Cave has – to be replaced by trendy wine bars and the ubiquitous coffee shops. But maybe, just maybe, there is an upsurge of interest in all types of crafting, not just of the knitting and sewing variety, but of embroidering, cross-stitching, card-making, not to mention the current obsession with all thinks culinary. I, for one, celebrate that renewed passion for hand-made items, for there is nothing better than spending a quiet half hour clicking the needles to disperse the stresses of a busy day at the computer screen. 

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***COVER REVEAL For Daisy James – ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’***

-tries to contain excitement as the Garnet is about to reveal a book cover…about CAKE-

From the author of ‘The Runaway Bridesmaid‘ and ‘If The Dress Fits’ – Daisy James is about to give you a little slice of heaven as she is set to release her newest novel in August! Just in time for your hollybobs! I will be honest, as soon as I found out the title of the book, I pestered Daisy to let me be involved with any promotional features, luckily she agreed! Not only does she have an amazing book title (if you love cake, what is there not to like about the title…really?), the cover is just…….well, why don’t you see for yourself!

Without any more ramblings from me, it is with such great pleasure that I reveal to you the cover of…..’When Only Cupcakes will do’.

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See what I mean?! How enticing is this cover? I cannot wait to get my hands on this book, and I hope you’re as excited as me for this one! If you want to make sure you have your copy bang on release day, then why not head over to Amazon and pre-order your copy right now! It’s due for release on the 4th August 2016.

You can keep up to date with Daisy via her twitter @daisyjamesbooks or via her publishers @UKCarina!