SQUEAL! TWG has a @Heidi_Swain #CoverReveal! @TeamBATC @simonschusterUK #comingsoon #newbook

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Hands up if you’re a Heidi Swain fan? Heidi has brought us three beautiful books so far; The Cherry Tree Café, Summer at Skylark Farm and more recently, Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market. However, come July 2017, Heidi won’t just have published THREE novels, no siree!! SHE WILL HAVE PUBLISHED FOUR! As you can tell, I am UBER excited about this because as you’re aware by now, I LOVE her books. This is why she has trusted me and two others, to reveal to you the stunning cover of her next novel, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage.

Before I reveal it to you, here is the blurb for the novel, you know, just to tickle your bookish taste buds as it were ;).

Pre-order Heidi Swain’s new novel, now!

When Lottie Foster’s grandmother’s best friend Gwen dies, she leaves Lottie her lovely
home, Cuckoo Cottage. Lottie loves the cottage but Matt, a charming local builder, points out that beneath its charm it is falling apart. Luckily he is always on hand to help with the problems that somehow seem to keep cropping up. But is he just a bit too good to be true? Certainly Will, Lottie’s closest neighbour, seems to think so.

Lottie plans to set up her own business renovating vintage caravans. She hasn’t told anyone about the project she has cooked up with Jemma from The Cherry Tree Café to repurpose Gwen’s old caravan and turn it into a mobile tearoom.

But before she can finally enjoy living with her legacy she must uncover who she can trust,
and who to avoid. And with two men vying for her attention, can she find love in her new
home…?

Pre-order Heidi Swain’s new novel, now!

You ready to be blown away? It is such an honour to reveal to you, Heidi Swain’s brand new cover of her upcoming novel, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage.

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ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL!?!?! Ahhhhh! I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this one I must say! If you love it too, the pre-order links are above and any rt’s on twitter or shares on fb will be welcomed to get this beauty out and about!!!!

**Cover Reveal!!** Mince Pies & Mistletoe at the Christmas Market by Heidi Swain.

Oh my goodness me, I actually cannot contain my excitement today! I LOVE Heidi Swain’s books, she has an extremely cosy way of writing, so, when I heard under the mistletoe that not only will she be releasing another book, she is releasing a CHRISTMAS BOOK!!! The cover of the book alone makes me want to curl up all cosy, and that is even before I have managed to read it! Luckily for you, I have been asked by the lady herself to help reveal her cover of her newest book. Are you ready?

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Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!? The title even has mince pies in it, and I’m a sucker for a mince pie…or two. Oh who am I kidding, LOADS of them, and now they’re in book form! So, so excited to read this book, if it’s anything like her other two, we’ll be in for an absolute treat.

Blurb.

Ruby has been away at university but now she’s back in Wynbridge. With Christmas around the corner, she takes on a stall at the local market, and sets about making it the best Christmas market stall ever. There’ll be bunting and mistletoe and maybe even a bit of mulled wine.

But with the new out-of-town superstore just opened, the market is under threat. So together with the other stallholders, Ruby devises a plan to make sure that locals make the Christmas market their first port of call for all their Christmas present needs.
But it’s hard to concentrate when she keeps bumping into her ex, Steve – and especially when she realises that her feelings for him are still there.
Join Heidi Swain for some Christmas sparkle – and see who might be under the mistletoe this year…

Released: 17th November 2016.

‘Mince Pies & Mistletoe at the Christmas Market’ is available to pre-order right now from Amazon in both paperback and E-book!

‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’ turns ONE today! Happy debut book birthday Heidi Swain!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR THE CHERRY TREE CAFEEEEEEEE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Plus, TWG would like to say a massive congratulations to Heidi Swain as one year ago today, her debut novel was published! (The Cherry Tree Café, if you haven’t worked it out ;)).

To help Heidi mark such a special occasion, she got the privilege(privilege was all mine really!!) of sitting down with TWG and answering all the questions that I ‘threw’ at her!

I have read and reviewed both of Heidi’s books, here are the links in case you missed the posts:
I need a coffee and a yummy cake, ‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’ anyone? Heidi Swain?
Book review of ‘Summer at Skylark Farm’ by Heidi Swain.

TWG: Thank you Heidi for stopping by the blog today, I really appreciate you taking the time to have a chat!  Seeing as this is your first interview on TWG, I’m going to ease you in gently with a quick fire round of questions, are you okay with that?

Yes, I love a quick fire round but before we begin can I just say thank you so much for inviting me? I am absolutely delighted to be making my first visit to your fabulous blog, especially on this exciting anniversary for The Cherry Tree Café.

TWG: Milk chocolate or white chocolate?
Milk

TWG: Books or movies?
Books

TWG: Movie adaptation or book?
Book, although I love the Merchant Ivory Forster adaptations and I’m a huge fan of Peter Jackson and his Tolkien adventures.

TWG: High heels or flats?
At 5 foot nothing in my socks I should probably make more of an effort, but flats all the way! I’m middle aged now and I take comfort over style any day!

TWG: Potatoes or pasta?
Potatoes

TWG: Blackjack chews or fruit salad chews?
Neither really. I’m not a huge sweetie fan.

TWG: If you could choose to be any animal, which one would you choose and why?
A hare. I love everything about them – their elusiveness, wildness and the mythology which surrounds them – I’m fascinated by it all. They thrive in south Norfolk and I’m lucky enough to see them on most trips out.

TWG: If you could choose one super power; which one would you choose and why?
Gosh, that’s a tough one.  Can I make one up? I’d rather like the ability to banish prejudice and hate, anything in fact that causes pain, fear and unhappiness.

TWG: Okay Heidi, hopefully that has melted any first time ice! Now let’s talk books!

TWG: For those that aren’t familiar with your work, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an author of contemporary romance novels which are filled with a whole host of feisty female characters and some rather delicious heroes.  An author friend recently described my writing as ‘feel-good fiction’ and I’m thrilled to wear that badge! So far my novels have been based around the fictitious East Anglian country town of Wynbridge.

TWG: What made you decide one day to write your first book?
The decision to write my first novel wasn’t really a conscious one. I had finally taken the plunge and started to take my writing seriously, attending creative writing courses and submitting short stories to an online community. Writing my first novel seemed like the natural (but nonetheless daunting), next step.

TWG: Speaking of your first book; your debut novel ‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’ turns one today! Happy birthday! What are your plans for the birthday book today? I hope there is cake!
Thank you lovely. I ‘m still struggling to believe it’s been a whole year since The Cherry Tree Café was published! So many exciting things have happened in the last twelve months so this summery anniversary couldn’t be better timed for a little celebration of everything. Of course there will be cake and bunting and there will definitely be a few corks popping!

TWG: What was the inspiration behind ‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’?
The Café itself came first and then Lizzie strolled in and told her story (it wasn’t quite that simple but you get the idea). Setting is hugely important to me and I love to write about places, jobs and lives that I would love to experience and let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to spend their days surrounded by pretty crafting projects and luscious cakes? Personally I can’t imagine a more perfect combination and fortunately my publishers and readers agreed with me!

TWG: As well as having a book turning one, you have also had another reason to celebrate recently. Your second book ‘Summer at Skylark Farm’ was published in June of this year, congratulations! How would you describe your book using just one word?Idyllic

TWG: I adored ‘Summer at Skylark Farm’. It gave me the Calamity Jane type vibe with the homeliness. Are you a Calamity Jane fan?
I have to admit that until now Calamity Jane hasn’t been on my radar but if ‘homeliness’ is key then I know I’m going to love it! *heads straight to internet to search*

TWG: Are either of your books influenced by anything from your own life?
I grew up in the countryside. My dad’s family are arable Fenland farmers, my mum and stepdad were pig farmers and my granddad grew summer fruits and potatoes to sell at the local auction, (now sadly replaced by a housing estate). All of those things had an influence on Summer at Skylark Farm and I have also lived in some beautiful parts of the country so I understand the value of loving the landscape and having that connection with the earth and her seasons.

TWG: In ‘Summer at Skylark Farm’, Amber strikes me as the lost and unconfident type. What made you have that personality as your main character?
It was never my intention for her to come across as lost and unconfident. I think, given the fact that she moved to an environment and situation so far removed from her comfort zone, she coped pretty well. She got stuck in and always coped with whatever life on the farm threw at her. 

TWG: Will ‘Skylark Farm’ be appearing again in any of your future books?
Definitely! So many people have told me how thrilled they were that The Cherry Tree Café and Jemma and Lizzie featured in Summer at Skylark Farm that it would be impossible to let them all disappear. Pretty much everyone pops back up in Mince Pies and Mistletoe at The Christmas Market so you can look forward to discovering what happens to them all next!

TWG: Out of both of your books, which one was harder to write?
Summer at Skylark Farm I think. There is always that pressure to produce an even stronger book second time around and I hope I’ve done that. The Cherry Tree Café was very successful and lots of readers were waiting to see what I would do next. I hope I have lived up to their expectations. The reviews have been fantastic so far.

TWG: What is your writing space like?
I wrote a blog post recently titled ‘on being an adaptable author’ in which I explain that these days with deadlines looming I have to write pretty much anywhere.  I write in my car, on the sofa, in cafes and on the train. My spot for editing and typing up the longhand I write during the day however is always the same and that is at the head of the dining table in relative silence, if I’m lucky!

TWG: I am curious about your answer to this question! What was your favourite book when you were a child?
I was a huge fan of Enid Blyton, the Magic Faraway Tree and the Wishing Chair were two firm favourites, but I also loved the Brambly Hedge tales and Beatrix Potter. I was hooked on anything with a country element from an early age. 

TWG: If TWG flutters eyelashes at you, would that persuade you to give us an exclusive? I would love to hear what we can look forward to from you next!
Well now, let’s see. Mince Pies and Mistletoe at The Christmas Market will be published on October 20th in both paperback and e-book and I can’t tell you how excited I am to get my hands on the paperback. I might have had a little peek at the cover already but you mustn’t tell anyone. Needless to say it is gorgeous! The Books and the City Team produce such beautiful jackets and I’m planning on having them made into canvases to hang in our hall at home.
I’m currently writing the first draft of the Summer novel for next year which introduces some brand new characters to Wynbridge as well as catching up with some old friends but I can’t say more than that!

TWG: Heidi, it has been an absolute pleasure. Thank you so much for joining me today. Happy birthday to your debut novel! Please do pop by the blog again, you’re always very welcome!
Thank you my lovely. It has been a real treat to visit and I can’t wait to come back and see you again very soon!

TWG gets another exclusive! Whoop! I absolutely loved doing that interview, such wonderful answers from Heidi, especially loving the Magic Faraway Tree! I don’t know about you, but I know what I’ll be buying on the 20th October in paperback! I hope you enjoyed reading the interview as much as I enjoyed being involved in it. I think it is an amazing achievement to be celebrating a debut novel reaching one year old, as well as having a second novel published within the same year. Congratulations Heidi!!

Here are all the important links that you’ll need to grab yourself a copy of Heidi’s books, as well as the links to keep up to date with the latest from the lady herself!!

Once again, happy birthday ‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’ and congratulations to Heidi!

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Purchase links:
Buy ‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’ on Amazon UK.
Buy ‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’ from Amazon US
Buy Heidi’s latest novel ‘Summer at Skylark Farm’
Buy ‘Summer at Skylark Farm’ from Amazon US

Keep up to date with Heidi:
Heidi @ Simon and Schuster
Heidi Swain on Facebook
Follow Heidi on Twitter.

I need a coffee and a yummy cake, ‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’ anyone? Heidi Swain?

The Cherry Tree Café by Heidi Swain.
Published 16th July 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK.
Available to buy from Amazon UK.

‘Lizzie Dixon’s life feels as though it’s fallen apart. Instead of the marriage proposal she was hoping for from her boyfriend, she is unceremoniously dumped, and her job is about to go the same way. So, there’s only one option: to go back home to the village she grew up in and to try to start again.
 
Her best friend Jemma is delighted Lizzie has come back home. She has just bought a little cafe and needs help in getting it ready for the grand opening. And Lizzie’s sewing skills are just what she needs.
With a new venture and a new home, things are looking much brighter for Lizzie. But can she get over her broken heart, and will an old flame reignite a love from long ago…?’

You know what springs to mind when I hear/read ‘The Cherry Tree Cafe’? No? Well, no, I guess you won’t know as I haven’t told you yet! The word ‘cosy’ springs to mind. Before I started reading the book, I envisioned a vintage style café with cakes, floral decoration and a homely, cosy feel to it. Funny how much a title of a book and its cover can make you think isn’t it!

Lizzie is at a standstill in her life thanks to her wonderful boyfriend, sorry, EX boyfriend. She could stay working in the job that HE got for her, or she could go back to her home town and await all the told you so’s from her mother. Damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t really. Poor Lizzie.

Lizzie decided to go for the latter. Go back to her home village and deal with the comments when they arose. However, little did Lizzie know, her life was about to get even more complicated. Even more complicated that one of Jemma’s cakes couldn’t even fix it. I wonder if Jemma makes humble pie?

I adored following Lizzie’s new venture and ‘seeing’ her make good use of the talents that she had to put aside for many years. Heidi described every little detail of everything that was made. It was as though I had the items right in front of me. Maybe I need to sweet talk Heidi into ‘getting’ me a memento from the café -flutters eyelashes-.

I did find Lizzie to be a little bit of a lost character. She came across as though she didn’t have a clue what she wanted, but was easily tempted by things that she thought she wanted. I must say, I got a little frustrated at her choices during the story. But I guess it is easy for an outsider to say that though isn’t it? All Lizzie wants is to be loved for who she is, and to be settled in a life that she chose NOT what she had to go along with.

When friendships and relationships get put to the test, it becomes perfectly clear why Lizzie has issues with trust. I felt quite sorry for her. Despite the fact that I worked out where the story was heading about half way through, it didn’t ruin the rest of the story for me. I thought it may have done, but I was getting excited waiting for it all to happen and take place. I just wanted Lizzie to be happy and those around her to realise the error of their ways.

I really enjoy reading books about cafe’s and shops because the likelihood of me actually working in one, are slim to nil. Plus, if I read fun books about them, like this one, I can be transported to The Cherry Tree Café without even leaving my bed! The Cherry Tree Café is definitely a fun, cosy read; ideal to read especially if ‘stress’ has become your middle name. Why? Because as soon as you ‘walk’ into The Cherry Tree Café, your problems disappear.