Thursday, 24 April 2014

Debut Spotlight: Beth Thomas

Today I'd like to wish my debut spotlight guest Beth Thomas a happy publication day for her debut novel Carry You.

Having just read a sample biography, it seems that it's a good idea to insert details of your Booker and Pulitzer prizes on here. Which makes me think maybe I should leave it a while before I write this...

But who am I kidding? I like writing humorous observations on life and love, and that kind of thing never wins prizes. Although I think it definitely should. If it makes people feel good, then it's the same as penicillin, isn't it? And that stuff did pretty well.

I've always enjoyed writing, since I first held a pencil, in fact. No, really. My first novel to be published, 'Carry You', will be out this April - exactly forty years after I wrote my first book in 1974. I was six and the story was about a strange person in a strange land, coping with prejudice and fitting in. It sounds more complex than it is, but I was - and am - proud of it. I wrote short stories for many years but they weren't terribly satisfying. It was only once I had discovered the joy and pain of writing a novel that I knew I had found my niche at last, which is a fantastic feeling. I thoroughly recommend that if you haven't already got a niche, you should definitely get one.

'Carry You' draws heavily from my experience of walking the Moonwalk, so if you want to know more about what that is, you should definitely read it. It will make you laugh and cry, then laugh again, and probably smile a fair bit in between. Eat my dust, penicillin.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Guest Book Review: Anna-Lou Weatherly - Wicked Wives

Reviewed by Elizabeth Mullenger

Playboy Casino owner and serial gambler, Tom Black, leaves a trail of broken hearts behind him wherever he goes. So when he disappears, it’s no surprise that foul-play is suspected.

The finger of suspicion points to three women from his past; Eleanor, the beautiful socialite with a dubious past, Loretta, the fame-seeking gold-digger, and Victoria, the glamorous, bestselling author. 

Bound together by one man and his mayhem, it’s not long before secrets begin to surface, forcing the three women to take the biggest gamble of all. But in the game of love there can only be one winner – and the winner takes it all….

Author Interview: Kat French

This morning as part of my Avon feature week I'm delighted to welcome Kat French to have a chat about her book Undertaking Love which is published later this Summer.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book Undertaking Love?
It's a romantic comedy with a super sexy edge! It centres on the very public battle between a Las Vegas style wedding chapel and a funeral parlour for supremacy in a sleepy Shropshire village. Beckleberry High Street isn't big enough for both of them, but who will win out? Throw in a cast of beautiful and eccentric characters and it's a sexy recipe for mayhem, misfortune and romantic entanglements.

Where did the inspiration for the Weddings vs Funerals clash come from? (I love it!)
Thank you! I've always had a fascination for Vegas wedding chapels, so it began from a wish to include one in a story. I guess a funeral parlour was just about as much of a polar opposite as I could imagine, and it certainly made for interesting conflicts within the book. Shropshire is beautiful and quite local for me so it's a setting I know well.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Giveaway: Win a copy of Take Mum Out & Peach Blossom Pavilion

Today is the start of my next publisher feature week where the aim is to try and catch up on all outstanding reviews I have for them during the week as well as a few additional features with some of their authors.  So the publisher I've chosen to concentrate on this week is Avon Books.
But as it's Easter I've decided to start the week off not with a review but with a fantastic giveaway for the chance to win not one but two fantastic books by two of their authors. 

I had already bought a copy of Take Mum Out by Fiona Gibson to give away during the week but then I won a copy of Peach Blossom Pavilion by Mingmei Yip but as I already had an ecopy I've decided to include this in the giveaway prize package. 

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway will finish at midnight on 29th April when the lucky winner will be selected and contacted for their address.  Sadly due to the cost of International postage I am going to have to restrict entries to UK only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Books Read: Jenny Colgan - Little Beach Street Bakery

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. 

And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. With nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, with local honey (courtesy of local bee keeper, Huckle), and with reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes and bakes . . . And people start to hear about it. 

Sometimes, bread really is life . . . And Polly is about to reclaim hers.