Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – This is Me by Shari Low.

I’d say good morning you lovely book geeks of the world, but I think a simple hello is best as it’s Saturday and a lot of you are still in bed. To the rest of you who aren’t or are at work. I salute you and give you full permission to have a nice bottle of wine when you get home. Don’t forget to pair it with Shari Lows amazing new novel, This is Me! It’s honestly the perfect de-stressing match.

Not even gonna lie that was a smooth opening into getting you to buy this book 😂 Wine is always a winner! PR at its best there 👀🤦🏻‍♀️

Anyway, sorry, I’m being a knob and going on.

I am here today bringing you the book details, an exclusive extract and my thoughts on what can only be described as a controversial and seriously entertaining read.

It’s day three on leg one of Shari Lows, This is Me Blog Tour and I’m The Book Geek Wears Pajamas. Let’s go…

💠Blurb: This is… Denise.

Married to Ray, her first and only love, Denise has never for one moment regretted putting the husband she idolised on a pedestal above everyone and everything else. But, after forty years of marriage, he is gone, leaving Denise to discover that their perfect marriage was fatally flawed. Now she faces a future alone, but first she must face the betrayals of the past.

This is… Claire.

The estranged daughter of Denise, the woman who put her husband before her children, Claire took the opposite path and devoted her life to raising her family, sacrificing her marriage along the way. With her teenage sons about to flee the nest, she realises she may have left it too late to find her own happy ever after.

This is the story of two women, both alone, both cautionary tales of one of motherhood’s biggest decisions.

Who is more important, your partner or your children? And what happens if you make the wrong choice?

💠Extract:

💠My Thoughts: By the now the term emotional rollercoaster has become a reviewing cliche. It seems every book you read a review on is one. God, I’m probably guilty of this too so don’t be offended by it.

To me the term emotional rollercoaster is one I don’t use lightly. I do have to be up and down and literally shook with a headache. I want my head getting smashed from side to side into the safety bars of the ride. And I want the thrill, fear, laughter, love, hate, chills, nausea and absolute honestly and truth of the wind! I want it all! There aren’t many authors who can achieve such a head smashing. Shari Low is one of those in which we can rely on to give us exactly that. The emotional rollercoaster with a side of weak bladder laughter to balance it out.

This is Me is poignant, honest, funny and thought provoking book. Not going to lie it has a slow start, but it is totally worth the time invested into it. Once you’re in, you’re in!

It’s hard to write a review when you are faced with identifiable characters you know. This allows you to emerge yourself deeply into the read and the emotions of both protagonists. Whether you agree with them in heart or even morally or not. You will always be empathetic and you will always question why people choose the paths and people they do. Question priorities and why they differ from one another. It becomes real life. And when fiction becomes non-fiction then you know that’s a damn good read!

Life is a balancing act that none of us ever get right at first. This is Me is proof of that.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

4.5/5

💠Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

💠Book Details:

Title: This is Me.

Author: Shari Low.

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)/Women’s Fiction.

Length: 372 Pages.

ISBN: 9781788541435

ISBN-10: 178854143X

ISBN-13: 978-1788541435

ASIN: B07N8GTS9G

Publisher: Head of Zeus.

Imprint: Aria

Publication Date: 2nd May

💠About the Author:

Shari Low is the No1 best-selling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In December, A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, With Or Without You and her latest release, Another Day In Winter. And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. Once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who think she’s fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift.

For all the latest news, you can visit her using the links provided.

www.sharilow.com

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Instagram

Thank you so much for visiting me to today here at TBGWP! As always I am humbled by your support and can never thank you enough. The obligatory apology for waffling on at the start 🤷🏻‍♀️ and the always huge thanks to Shari herself for being a kick ass author and to the also kick ass VJ over at Aria for giving me ARC’s and inviting me onto wonderful tours just like this.

Love always, N 😘

P.S… Don’t forget the wine 🍷

NEVER, forget the wine.

P.P.S… Also, don’t forget your copy of This is Me 👍🏻

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – One Minute Later by Susan Lewis.

Happy Thursday book geeks. I hope you’re all well and have had a good week so far. Don’t worry we’re nearly at the weekend 🙏🏻🍷

Anyway, today I am honoured to be finishing what can only be described as a beautiful tour for the fabulous author, Susan Lewis and her newest release, One Minute Later.

Before we start though let me tell you something. This is the worst review I have ever written! I feel ashamed for myself, but you know sometimes when you just go – ahh eff it? Yeah well that.

Happy days as they say 🤦🏻‍♀️

💙Blurb: With a high-flying job, a beautiful apartment and friends whose lives are as happy as her own, Vivienne Shager is living the dream. Then, on the afternoon of Vivi’s twenty-seventh birthday, one catastrophic minute changes everything.

Forced to move back to the small seaside town where she grew up, Vivi remembers the reasons she left. The secrets, lies and questions that now must be answered before it’s too late. But the answers lie in thirty years in the past…

Shelley Raynor’s family home, Deerwood Farm, has always been a special place until darkness strikes at its heart. When Vivi’s and Shelley’s worlds begin to entwine, it only takes a moment for the truth to unravel all of their lives.

💙My Thoughts: Ok, this is hard. I’m sitting here and have been trying to write this review for so long and you know what? I just can’t. Every time I go to say something I end up giving something away. I hate spoilers so much. You know what though I’ll try my best to give you something 🙈

Ok, so you know those books that sort of just grip you by the throat and leave you a bit breathless because of how real and raw it is?

Those books that stay with you and have you thinking? The real life books? The thought provoking ones? The powerful ones…

Well, this is one of those books. In fact, it could be a runner for too spot for these books. No word of a lie.

One Minute Later is a beautifully written tale of love, tragedy, family, love, secrets, self-worth and how we see and live life. It shows us that no matter what life can be seriously hard. To me though the most important part was the HUGE importance of organ donation it gives you. Like it or not it’s there and it’s serious food for thought. It’s an amazing thing to bring more awareness too.

Oh my god this is so shit isn’t it? 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

Do you know what? Just read it please. I promise you won’t be disappointed. You may struggle slightly at first with the connection between Vivi and Shelley like I did. You may not. However, if you do, let it go and carry on because it will all come together for you. And honestly when it does it will hurt your heart in both happiness and sadness. It blows you away it really does.

It’s a stunning read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

4.5/5

💙Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Audiobook

💙Book Details:

Title: One Minute Later.

Author: Susan Lewis.

Genre: Psychological Fiction/Contemporary Romance.

Length: 416 Pages.

ISBN-10: 0008286760

ISBN-13: 978-0008286767

ASIN: B07GLPZ3XQ

Publisher: HarperCollins.

Publication Date:

HB and PB – 25/07/2019.

ebook – 21/02/2019.

💙About the Author:

Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of over forty books across the genres of family drama, thriller, suspense and crime. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol during the 1960s. Following periods of living in Los Angeles and the South of France, she currently lives in Gloucestershire with her husband James, stepsons Michael and Luke, and mischievous dogs Coco and Lulu.

To find out more about Susan Lewis, you can visit her website SusanLewis.com, or join in via her Facebook or Twitter

So of course I’m going to apologise again for being the worst book reviewer of the year 😂

I honestly hope you will take a chance on this book, despite, my warbled mess of bloody words!

If you love the feel of a proper book in your hands then unfortunately One Minute Later is currently on pre-order as publication date for both Hard Back and Paper Back is July 25th. Luckily though you can jump straight in right now with the ebook.

Huge thank you to Susan herself for being an outstanding author, and the lovely Becca over at HarperCollins for inviting me onto the tour and giving me a beautiful ARC of the Hard Back. You’re amazing!

Lastly thank you to you for visiting TBGWP today. You’ll probably not be back after this one, but I hope to see you all again soon 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

Love always, N 😘

P.S…Please don’t forget to read up or speak about Organ Donation. I have put the link underneath for you to go look at the information available for it. Bless people with love and life always. If you can help, help.

Link: OrganDonation

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – Mummy’s Favourite by Sarah Flint.

Guys, it’s Tuesday, it’s proper cold and I have a spine chilling book to show you all about on today’s tour.

I’m jumping straight in…

👁Blurb: Buried in a woodland grave are a mother and her child.

One is alive. One is dead.

It is one of the most harrowing cases to hit D.C. Charlie Stafford’s department in years. Then more pairs of mothers and children go missing – and it’s Charlie’s job to find them.

Soon, Charlie is hunting down a brutal serial killer with a twisted mind. But as she closes in on the culprit, she realises she’s in more danger than she thought…

He’s watching. He’s waiting. Who’s next?

👁Extract:

👁My Thoughts: A compelling dark and utterly horrifying read.

As a mother this book absolutely put the shits up me, I’m not even going to lie. It is dire. It is excruciatingly evil and has you gripped by the throat from the off.

For a debut book I have to say Mummy’s Favourite has certainly made a huge impact in the book community and on me. Sarah Flint has Meticulously given us every single thing we want and love in a crime/serial killer read. For that she has already proven she will be an author to definitely watch out for.

It’s honestly a read so shocking, original and gritty. Chilling, engaging and suspenseful. Dark and utterly disturbing. After all that badness, is it wrong for me to say fantastic?

I can’t wait to see what D.C. Stafford gets up to next.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

👁Links to buy:

▫️Amazon

▫️iBooks

▫️Google Play

▫️Kobo

▫️Waterstones

▫️WHSmith

▫️Book Depository

▫️Audible

👁Book Details:

Title: Mummy’s Favourite

Author: Sarah Flint

Genre: Crime/Mystery&Thriller

Length: PB-352 Pages. Ebook: 278 Pages

ISBN: 1786690691

ISBN-10: 1789541859

ISBN-13: 978-1789541854

ASIN: B01FHYZWD8

Publisher: Aria

Publication Date: 10/01/2019

👁About the Author:

With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

You can learn more about Sarah and her books by using the following links:

▫️Twitter

▫️Facebook

▫️GoodReads

That’s me my fellow book geeks. As always thank you so much for joining me here on TBGWP your support is always appreciated.

Big thank you to Sarah herself and to the lovely Vicky over at HOZ for inviting me onto the tour.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2018, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – Relight My Fire by Joanna Bolouri.

Hiya Book Geeks.

Thank you for taking five minutes out to join me today as I give you my truths on day number six on the book blog for Joanna Bolouri’s brand new release, Relight My Fire.

🔥Blurb: When Phoebe and Oliver had their happy ending, they thought the hard part was over. And now, with a five year old daughter, they are far from the blissful hedonistic lifestyle of when they first started dating.

Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anything they’ve ever wanted in bed – or out of it. But with distractions aplenty, will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?

🔥My Thoughts: I’ll start by saying if you’re prudish, don’t read this book. To everybody else, get your money out.

The end!

Links to buy underneath…

Only messing, I was genuinely just going to write in big bold letters: YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE!

It’s true like, you do. But, I thought I best give you just a tad more.

RMF is a follow on read from our JB’s sensational debut, The List. I would wholeheartedly recommend reading that first. I’m not saying you can’t read this one first mind, but you will thank me later if you do, I promise.

So, we’re back five years after leaving a wonderful happy ending with the fabulous, Phoebe and Oliver, and now demanding jobs and a daughter. Stuck in a rut, in their life and their sex life they’re introduced to a sexy wish jar. What’s a sexy wish jar? Well, it’s a jar in which you can put in anything you’ve ever wanted to ask your other half to do in bed.

(Not going to lie I was a bit disappointed because my sexy wish jar would be a jar of Nutella and a spoon.)

We all know happy endings don’t always mean they end up as happy endings. Most of us in relationships with or without children understand that they all do go stale and could do with some spice put back into them sometimes. Having a modern, up-to-date book that delves into this subject is wonderful. It’s totally relatable and this is what makes it so good. It’s real life, real relationships, real love, real ruts, real time that we end up not spending together because life somehow gets in the way. It’s not easy to keep that connection from the beginning days, so I’m glad it’s been done honestly, respectfully, straight to the point and of course in the hilarious fashion in which our JB (Joanna Bolouri not Justin Bieber) has us accustomed too.

RMF is descriptive but not full on porn, I did expect it to be worse. Worse in a good way that is. However, I’m very hard to make blush so this had me dead from the start with the endless innuendos and hilarious one liners. It is also not just based on sex, although I know a lot of us wouldn’t have minded that. It has a fantastic premise and some nice run along storylines which keeps us drawn in and interesting throughout and also more depth and insight into the characters themselves.

JB is crazy! She amazes me with her talent, execution and humour. As always her flow is on point and reads perfectly. She’s down to earth, clever and I’m pretty smitten with her to tell you the truth. Her books are like stress relief to me.

She is without a doubt RomCom Queen by far and give her a chance and she will be after the Bonk-Buster crown from Rebecca Chance. Yes, I said it…. Now that is some serious praise indeed!

I honestly loved Relight My Fire – the book that is, not the shit song by Take That! It’s funny, energetic, quick, easy, spicy and shocking! You’ll definitely get through it faster than one of those pink gins you have at the end of one of them proper shit days.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

🔥Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

WHSmith

Book Depository

🔥Book Details:

Title: Relight My Fire

Author: Joanna Bolouri

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Length: 336 pages

ISBN-10: 1786488582

ISBN-13: 978-1786488589

ASIN: B0722P666Z

Publisher: Quercus

Publication Date: 31st May 2018

🔥About Author:

Joanna Bolouri worked in sales before she began writing professionally at the age of thirty. Winning a BBC comedy script competition allowed her to work and write with stand-up comedians, comedy scriptwriters and actors from across the UK. She’s had articles and reviews published in The Scotsman, The Skinny, the Scottish Sun, the Huffington Post and HecklerSpray. She lives in Glasgow with her daughter.

You can do that, get in touch with her or find out more about her work by using the links provided below.

Blog

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Goodreads

So that’s me. Again thank you for stopping by and I really do hope you’ll go grab yourself a copy of this book. It is totally worth it.

Huge thanks as always to Joanna herself and the fabulous Ana McLaughlin and team from Quercus for inviting me to take part today.

N 😘

Posted in 2018, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – One Summer by Jenny Hale

Happy Friday Book Geeks.

Thank you for taking five minutes out to join us today here on TBGWP and day one on The Blog Blitz for Jenny Hale’s brand new release One Summer.

There’s no messing around with me today so I’ll just get to it.

🔹Blurb:

One moment can change everything…

Alice Emerson and best friend Sasha Miller have made a pact. They’ve decided to swap city living for the beautiful white beaches of the Outer Banks and pour everything they have into launching an ice cream shop in the little house by the sea where Alice spent blissful childhood holidays with her grandfather. As Alice and Sasha add colour to the walls of the beach house and tempt the locals with their delicious recipes, their fresh new life begins to take shape.

Swept away by her plans, love is the last thing on Alice’s mind. But she keeps running into mysterious doctor Jack Barnes, and finds herself falling for his golden charm and warm smile. As they laugh through sunshine-filled days and long romantic evenings, Alice tries hard not to think he could be the one for her – Jack is only here for the season, and Alice has had her fair share of heartbreak.

Just when Alice’s summer couldn’t be more perfect, she discovers an old letter tucked away in the beach house. It contains a family secret that turns Alice’s world upside down and threatens the future of the ice cream shop. And then Jack reveals a secret of his own…

Will Alice have her dreams shattered and her heart broken, or can she find true happiness this summer?

🔹My Thoughts: You all know by now that I’m a huge Jenny Hale fan, so it will come as no surprise that I am all in for this book.

Yet again we are taken on a tranquil beautiful journey of family, friendship and love that our Jenny is best known for.

Taken to the beaches and absolute delightful Outer Backs of North Carolina we are given a read that takes us on a journey of new beginnings with Alice and her son Henry (who I will admit to being a breath of fresh air to the read) and her best friend Sasha. Helping along a great premise we’re given secrets, twists and descriptive and in-depth gorgeous family memories. Together this provides us with a laid-back and easy summer read.

Now as always I’ll give you the truth and my truth today with One Summer is that it did (to me) have pacing issues. It’s slow to build up and then pretty quick near the end. I think some may find it long and tedious at times because of this.

I also really disliked Jack and his manipulative vibe which resulted in him ALWAYS getting his own way. This had me wanting to jump in the pages screaming ‘Alice, leg it!, leg it now, proper fast!’. Red Flags everywhere with that one let me tell you. To be fair this didn’t take much away for me, but because I’m deducting points I know you will want to know why if I say I really enjoyed it, which I did.

Jenny Hale does feel good romance books that are happy go lucky and have magical happy endings. These reads are perfect for those who just want a beautiful escape. Those who just want to relax and forget about their troubles and just be in the sweetness and goodness of it all. Sometimes that is exactly what we need. One Summer has an easy-read, laid-back style, which is perfect for these types of books and what’s so great about that is that Jenny makes no apologies for any of that which I am so grateful for.

One Summer is the perfect accompaniment to your summer this year. Whether it be on holiday, at home, in the sun, wind, rain or snow. It is easy escapism for the romantic in us all.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

3/5

🔹Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

WHSmith

BookDepositoryAmazon (US)

🔹About me by Jenny Hale:

When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about the magic of love at Christmas, and 2017 TV movie on The Hallmark Channel.

The rest is history.

When I’m not writing, I’m a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.

🔹Book Details:

Title: One Summer

Author: Jenny Hale

Genre: Romance/Women’s Fiction/ChickLit

Length: 290 Pages

ISBN-10: 1786815214

ISBN-13: 978-1786815217

ASIN: B07BXVBJ3F

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: TODAY! June 1st 2018

🔹So that’s all I have for you.

Once again thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll all give One Summer a try. I also hope you’ll join me in wishing Jenny a happy publication day. You can do that and get in touch with her or find out more about her work by using the links provided below.

itsjennyhale.com

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Goodreads

Huge thanks as always to Jenny herself and the amazing Kate Nash from Bookouture.

N 😘

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, News, reviews

BLOG TOUR: Last Kiss (A First and Last novel) by Laurelin Paige.


Hello you lot,

Have I got a treat for you today. As you’re aware it’s my day to host on Laurelin Paige’s blog tour for her sensational new book, Last Kiss.

Last Kiss is the unmissable next instalment in the First & Last series. And if you don’t know what that is or haven’t heard of it, I suggest you go take yourself somewhere quiet and indulge in the dark, twisted and highly erotic first book in the series, First Touch. Obviously then you can move on to Last Kiss, which I must add is just as raw and utterly fucking brilliant. Seriously, it’s hot!

Your lady bits have officially been warned. 


I am so lucky to be able to reveal to you today how the story of Last Kiss came about to author Laurelin Paige. Yes, that’s right, I have THE Laurelin Paige on TBGWP! I’ll obviously give you the book deets and then hand you over to Lauren. 


🔹Blurb: Emily Wayborn has made a decision.

She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself.

Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.

Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or her life.


🔹How The Story Came about by Laurelin Paige.

For a long time, I’d wanted to write a story about a love triangle where one of the characters wasn’t present. Much like the book, Rebecca, byDaphne du Maurier or Jane Eyre. At one point, I’d thought it would be a sweeter take on the story. Something where the memory of a dead friend permeated a current relationship so thoroughly that it placed a burden on the characters.

I also wanted to write something in the vein of Gone Girl and Girl on a Train – a psychological thriller, but with romantic elements. I’m very fascinated by characters motivations and a psychologically suspenseful plotline just intrigued me to no end.

I thought, at first, that these were two different stories, and I hadn’t quite figured out what either of them would look like exactly until I read a description of a book that was about to be published (I don’t remember what it was) about a woman who had to go to extreme lengths to look for her sister who’d gone missing. The pieces started to click together, and soon I had the idea of a woman setting off in search of a friend/sister in a dangerous place that required her to face her own psychological demons as well as some very real threats. Next thing I knew, the plot to First Touch had been born.


🔹Author details: 


Laurelin Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Fixed trilogy. She loves a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International, although she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

You can stay in touch with Laurelin on Facebook/LaurelinPaige and on Twitter: @laurelinpaige. You can also visit her website, www.laurelinpaige.com, to sign up for her newsletter.


🔹 Book Details:

Title: Last Kiss.

Author: Laurelin Paige.

Genre: Erotica.

Length: 368 Pages.

ISBN-10: 0751564117

ISBN-13: 978-0751564112

Publisher: Sphere

Publication Date: 

e-book: June 14th 2016.

Paperback: July 5th 2016.


Thank you so much for taking time out of your day and joining me today. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. I also hope you’ll go buy a copy of Last Kiss too. Or even buy both books in the series. Go on, you know you want too. I’ll even leave the links to buy underneath for you. Saturday night just got very exciting, right?

Huge shoutout to the lovely Ella over at LB for inviting me onto the tour. Appreciated as always!

Ladies, here are good links. Happy reading! 😉

🔹Links to buy:

Ebook:

Amazon 

iBooks 

Kobo 

Google Play 

Paperback:

Amazon 

Waterstones 

Book Depository 

WH Smith 

🔹Link to buy First Touch. Book one in the First and Last series:

Amazon

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, News, reviews

BLOG TOUR: 🚺 50th Anniversary of Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann.


Hiya everyone, 

So, today, I am honoured to be taking part in something so very fantastic. It is the 50th Anniversary of the influential, world known and very much loved, Valley of The Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. 

Valley of the Dolls took the world by storm when it was first published, fifty years ago, in 1966. It straight away achieved the No. 1 spot on The New York Times bestseller list, and stayed there for an unprecedented 28 weeks! Never had a book been so frank about sex, drugs and show business. It is often cited as the bestselling novel of all time. It has sold over 40 million copies in 30 languages.

Today, Valley of the Dolls remains the all-time pop-culture classic, a pioneering work that tackles drug addiction, women’s rights and gay rights, profoundly influencing generations of cultural figures from Gloria Steinem to Lena Dunham.

Not only was it so sought after in book form, in 1967 after its film adaptation it soon became the in film to see. 


It was again adapted but into TV form as a 1981 mini-series, and a full series in 1994. In 2005 it was adapted again but by BBC Radio 4 as a 15-episode dramatisation. It has been rebroadcast numerous times since.

🚺 Blurb: Dolls – red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight. For Anne, Neely and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three beautiful women become best friends when they are young and in New York, struggling to make their names in the entertainment industry. Only when they reach the peak of their careers do they find there’s nowhere left to go but down – to the Valley of the Dolls.

The 50th Anniversary Edition of Jacqueline Susann’s All-Time Pop-Culture Classic!At a time when women were destined to become housewives, Jacqueline Susann let us dream. Anne, Neely, and Jennifer become best friends as struggling young women in New York City trying to make their mark. Eventually, they climb their way to the top of the entertainment industry only to find that there’s no place left to go but down, into the Valley of the Dolls.


(Sorry for the blurry pictures, I thought you’d want to see them anyway 👍🏻)

🚺 Link to buy:

Amazon 

iBooks

Kobo 

Google Play 

Waterstones 

Book Depository 

WH Smith
🚺 Book Details:

Title: Valley of the Dolls.

Author: Jacqueline Susann.

Genre: Classics, Contemporary Fiction.

Length: 432 Pages.

ISBN-10: 0349008329

ISBN-13: 978-0349008325

Publisher: Virago.

Publication date: 30/06/2016



🚺 Author Details:


Before Jackie Collins, Candace Bushnell and Lena Dunham, Jacqueline Susann held the world rapt with her tales of the private passions of Hollywood starlets, high-powered industrialists and the jet-set.
            


Jacqueline Susann is a legend in American publishing. Susann was the first author to have three consecutive #1 books on the New York Times Bestseller List. She was married to her beloved husband, producer Irving Mansfield, until her untimely death on September 21, 1974, after a courageously fought battle with breast cancer. Susann’s intensely private twelve-year fight to overcome the disease was not known publicly until after death. She was 56. 


🚺 Praise for Valley of the Dolls.

How amazing is that photograph of Jacqueline Susann? I wasn’t supposed to use that one, oops! I had to though, it is just far too fabulous!

Thank you so much for joining me today, I am honoured to have been on the tour and I will be putting my review up soon for Valley of The Dolls. And if you’re wondering what I’m thinking of it so far – well, I am LOVING it. It is hard sometimes as I forget I’m reading from so long ago, but it is honest and eye-opening once you get into the swing of it. I would most definitely recommend it to you all.

Shout out to the fab Helen at Little Brown for asking me to take part today, always appreciated 😘

I’ll leave you now with a fabulous collection of praise for Valley of the Dolls. 

N 😇

🚺 Praise for Valley of the Dolls.


“Valley of the Dolls is truly a timeless classic . . .Today Neely O’Hara would become a YouTube sensation, Jennifer North would be an Instagram influencer, and Anne Welles would be a Snapchat queen. No matter how high-toned people want to be, there’s nothing more addictive than a juicy, scandal-filled, drama-laced soap opera!”
—Mickey Boardman, Paper Mag  

“Jackie, it seemed, understood by instinct that her readers were ready for the raw side of love . . . for a franker sexuality and a tougher kind of story—for romance with tears and oral sex.”—Michael Korda, New Yorker  

“Racing against time for fame, Susann knew how to give readers what they wanted: a shockingly contemporary page-turner that went deep into the stuff of taboo, but still adhered to old scripts of women suffering virtuously in their undying love of men.”—Tim Murphy, Nation

“I marvel as always at the raw energy, the detail, and the grim authenticity of the book’s depiction of New York show biz society in 1945 . . . I grew up as a writer believing that this kind of bestseller was ‘trash’ . . . But I have learned from Jackie Susann. I have always respected her power.”—Anne Rice

“Susann predicted the celebrity culture we live in now. Actually, she invented it: fame is as fame does.”—Letty Pogrebin

“If Jacqueline Susann was not precisely the ‘voice of the 60s,’then she was its aching female heart.”—Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair 

“Decades ahead of its time . . . Mesmerizing . . . The equation of emotional dependencies with drug addiction in one comprehensive personality disorder is, if anything, more chic today than in Susann’s time.”—Mim Udovitch, Village Voice Literary Supplement

“Jacqueline Susann’s questioning of glamour and fame, so unsettling in its honesty, crept into my head and stayed there, lingering for years until I was finally able to give it my own expression.”—Lori Goldstein

“Exciting news for all you modern Dolls (#squadgoals) and aspiring millennial readers . . . the story feels more relevant than ever.”—Micaela English, Town & Country

“Valley of the Dolls remains a pop-culture touchstone: a gleefully salacious story of friendship, sex, backstabbing and pills (or ‘dolls’).”—Alexandria Symonds, T: The New York Times Style Magazine

“Valley of the Dolls is a zipper-ripper that has been called trashy, tawdry, glitzy, lusty, sordid and seamy—and that’s just the beginning of its appeal.”—Nancy Bachrach, NPR

“One of the sexiest novels ever written.”—Earl Wilson

“A generation that knows ‘Sex and the City,’ and which connects to Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls,’ may not instantly connect the dots to Susann, who did it all first, and in Pucci. A culture that cavalierly tosses off the term ‘chick lit’ doesn’t fully realize how fast Susann was out of the gate so many decades ago in the way she gave frank talk to women.”—Shinan Govani, Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Jackie played a role in merging publishing with the entertainment industry and turning it into really big business.”—Esther Margolis

“As an adolescent I ‘borrowed’ a copy from my mother’s bedside basket of books without telling her. The Pepto Bismol–pink cover was irresistible to me, and the novel rewarded my curiosity . . . a salacious read I’ve revisited several times in adulthood.”—Laura June, The Cut, New York Magazine

“Susann’s lurid descriptions of three pill-popping young women struggling with fame and beauty—based off her own life—were vivid and relevant enough to a generation of women clamoring for stories about themselves.”—Kate Dries, Jezebel

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, News, reviews

BLOG TOUR: You Had Me at Merlot by Lisa Dickenson.

Hiya, you gorgeous lot. 

Thank you so much for joining me today on the fantastic, You Had Me at Merlot blog tour. 

Shall we just jump straight in? 


🍷Blurb: Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they’re single, they’re not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren’t filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine. She likes her independent life, but Laurie wants love and she wants it now.

So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. She has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else’s idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be?

🍷Review: I was first introduced to Lisa Dickenson and You Had Me at Merlot back in 2014. At the time, You Had me at Merlot was a four part mini-e-series that I divulged in and absolutely loved. When I heard it was to be released as a full-length novel I was so over the moon for Lisa. And for me obviously because I then get to read it again with fresh eyes and have it in a beautiful paperback.😍

I was a bit apprehensive going in again I won’t lie because I did really enjoy it and my reviews hyped it up big style. I didn’t want that not to be the same, you know what I mean? We’ve all gone back on a so-called favourite book and have been like, ‘Really? This is SO not what I thought it was!’. 

Anyway, I got me self all comfy readying myself for a chapter or two, like you do, but that chapter or two did not stop until I turned that very last page. And I’ll tell you something for nothing, that has NOT happened to me for a very long time.

Oh my god, it is so good! I totally forgot so much about both the plot and characters, but more so how utterly fucking hysterical it is.

You Had Me at Merlot proved to be a fast, fluid and steady read throughout, with multiple laughter, giggling and snorting going on, not very lady like I know, but who gives a shit when it’s making you happy, right? That teamed with a dynamic and very down to earth plot based in an exquisite Tuscany Vineyard, and an array of vivid and very different characters, it gives us one overall book of everything us girls need. A beautiful romance read enriched with friendship, laughter, sun and life. Or in other words, sun, sex, friends, laughter a bit of drama and lots and I mean lots of wine. See? It’s our dreams come true.

Again I was blown away by Lisa Dickenson as an author. Her style, wit and honestly in her writing is thrilling. She allows you to open up fully so you can totally relax and be yourself. I like that. I like being at ease, and I like reading with up-to-date writers who will crush old school writing boundaries and revamp them with their own. She’s definitely one to look out for is our Lisa.

So, to re-cap. I loved it, I think you will love it. it’s a beautiful read. It’s deep, empathetic and totally relatable. And of course gives you a fantastic excuse to go buy yourself a bottle of wine.

Happy drinking! I mean, reading! 😳

5/5


🍷Links to buy:

Amazon UK

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

Waterstones

Book Depository

WH Smith



🍷Book Details: 

Title: You Had Me at Merlot.

Author: Lisa Dickenson.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Length: 368 Pages.

ISBN-10: 0751561932

ISBN-13: 978-0751561937

Publisher: Sphere.

Publication Date: June 16th 2016

🍷Author Details:


Lisa Dickenson was born in the wrong body. She was definitely meant to be Beyoncé. Despite this hardship, she grew up in Devon attempting to write her own, completely copyright-infringing versions of Sweet Valley High, before giving Wales a go for university, and then London a go for the celeb-spotting potential. She’s now back in Devon, living beside the seaside with her husband and forcing cream teas down the mouths of anyone who’ll visit. She is sadly still not Beyoncé.

Lisa’s first novel, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, won the Novelicious Debut of the Year award and was an instant hit with readers who were won over by her wit, charm and naughty sense of humour – she’s got her fingers crossed that everyone feels the same about You Had Me at Merlot. 

Follow her on Twitter for all her book news and Beyoncé -related chatter: @LisaWritesStuff.

Or on her other social media platforms or website.

LisaDickenson.com

Facebook

Goodreads 

Pinterest 


Once again thanks for joining me today, I hope you’ll continue with Lisa on the tour and go buy yourself the book and a bottle of wine. Go on you deserve it. Tell your fella you’re allowed, I said so. 

Big shout out to Lisa herself and the delightful Clara over at Little Brown for asking me to take part on the tour.

Love as always, N 😘


Posted in 2016, Book Tours, News

BLOG TOUR: The ProblemWith Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Hi guys, Thanks so much for stopping by today. As you know, today is my day on Jennifer L. Armentrout’s, The Problem With Forever Blog Tour – Yay!

So, I’ve of course got the usual for you all to sink your teeth into, but I’m unfortunately missing a review. 🙈

I know, I know, but I’ve honestly been unwell and you all know that means I’m basically dead so no reading can be done. I am nearly finished though, and I can tell you that it is absolutely fan-fucking-tastic! I mean from the moment you open the book you are thrown into a prologue so intense, heart pounding and gripping you’re dry swallowing the lump in your throat. The book slows down slightly after that, but it is not at all done with you yet, oh no! So, yeah you could say I’m slightly enjoying it yeah😋
Ok, so you want the details and no me rambling on, right? Not a problem.


🔹Blurb: Silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.  

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone–spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of–that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.  

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out–for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.

🔸Links to buy:

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (ROW)

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

Book Depository


🔹Book Details: 

Title: The Problem With Forever.

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Genre: Teens & YA.

Book Length: 480 pages.

ISBN-10: 1848454570

ISBN-13: 978-1848454576

Publisher: Mira Ink/Harlequin Teen.

Publication Date UK:

Kindle, Hardback & Audio -01/06/2016

Paperback – 16/06/2016

Publication Date US: 17/05/2016


🔸Author Details: 


# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math.

Jennifer also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn.

You can learn more about Jennifer and her books on her website or by visiting her on social media. (All links below)

Website

Twitter 

Facebook 

Goodreads 


So, there you have it. I’m off to finish the book and I am super excited about it. I’m hoping you’ll buy yourself a copy and let me know what you think about it by using the hashtag #TheProblemWithForever and linking me in it. (@PajamaBookGirl

Huge shout out to Jennifer and the ever so lovely Cara over at Harlequin for asking me to take part today. 

Have a great Saturday everyone.