Posted in 2019, Miscellaneous, News

Hello Strangers – 2019 Christmas Bookathon.

Hello strangers,

How are you all doing? First of all thank you so so much for all your messages and well wishes while I’ve been poorly. I’m still not where I need to be, but I am back reading and getting ready to start my 2019 Christmas Bookathon.

I have some amazing authors and titles already included and can’t wait to get it together properly. Authors/Publishers if you would like your Christmas/winter titles to be involved please do get in touch. The more the merrier I say.

I’m so excited to be pushing myself forward sooner than anticipated and actually happy to do so. I can’t say I’m back 100% because yeah that’s not what’s happening at all, but with a Bookathon, I can lock myself away and get it done instead of worrying about time limits and release dates. Plus, it keeps me occupied instead of going out of my head with boredom or concentrating on pain.

I’ll of course update the list every time another book is added. So far, though it’s a great list, take a look. A lot are of course are up for pre-sale and are going to be available very soon, but some are available for purchase right now. I’ve also opened the genre up a bit and have welcomed in children’s books and crime/thrillers. Also, books without Christmas in the title but reflect the Christmas/December/Winter period. Still not putting the historical genre in though. I know, I’m terrible, but I can’t, I just cannot get into the genre no matter how hard I try. They have loads of Christmas books upcoming too. Sorry!!!!

Oh and I’ll also link them up for you too. Please be aware that these are not in order of release date. I will put in publication dates underneath for you though. Also, even though these are linked up to Amazon, I am in no way affiliated or making money from these links. I just find most people use kindle for reading if not purchasing the actual book.

Anyway, list so far…

❄️A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

A Wedding in December - Sarah Morgan

Publisher: HQ

Publication Date: 31st October 2019

❄️The Christmas Invitation by Trisha Ashley

The Christmas Invitation - Trisha Ashley

Publisher: Transworld.

Publication Date: 1st October 2019.

❄️Let it Snow by Sue Moorcroft

Let It Snow - Sue Moorcroft

Publisher: Avon.

Publication Date: 26th September 2019.

❄️Single All The Way by Karen King

Single All The Way - Karen King

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 28th October 2019.

❄️A Perfect Cornish Christmas by Phillipa Ashley

A Perfect Cornish Christmas - Phillipa Ashley

Publisher: Avon.

Publication Date: 31st October 2019.

❄️One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot

One Christmas Star - Mandy Baggot

Publisher: Aria.

Released – 12th September 2019.

❄️Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman

Magic Under the Mistletoe- Lucy Coleman

Publisher: Aria.

Released – 5th September 2019.

❄️The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge

The Christmas Calendar Girls - Samantha Tonge

Publisher: Aria.

Publication Date: 3rd October 2019.

❄️The Last Day of Winter by Shari Low

Last Day of Winter - Shari Low

Publisher: Aria.

Publication Date: 3rd October 2019.

❄️One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom

One Winter Morning - Isabelle Broom

Publisher: Penguin.

Released – 29th August 2019.

❄️Christmas Evie by Nicola May

Christmas Evie - Nicola May

Publisher: Nowell Publishing.

Publication Date: 4th November 2019.

❄️The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrom

The Worst Christmas Ever - Kathleen Long Bostrom

Publisher: Flyaway Books.

Released – 17th September 2019.

❄️Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans

Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm - Jaimie Admans

Publisher: HQ Digital.

Publication Date: 9th October 2019.

❄️Christmas in Chamonix by Sasha Wagstaff

Christmas in Chamonix - Sasha Wagstaff

Publisher: Canelo Escape.

Released – 19th September 2019.

❄️One Day in Winter by Shari Low

One Day in Winter - Shari Low

Publisher: Aria.

Released – 1st September 2019.

❄️The Garden on Sparrow Street by Tilly Tennant

The Garden on Sparrow Street - Tilly Tennant

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 9th October 2019.

❄️I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Karen Clarke

I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Karen Clarke

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 14th October 2019.

❄️Christmas by the Lighthouse by Rebecca Boxall

Christmas by the Lighthouse - Rebecca Boxall

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing.

Released – 12th September 2019.

❄️The Secret Santa by Trish Harnetiaux

The Secret Santa - Trish Harnetiaux

Publisher: Cornerstone Digital.

Publication Date: 1st October 2019.

❄️Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood

Mistletoe - Alison Littlewood

Publisher: Quercus.

Publication Date: 10th October 2019.

❄️Wrapped up for Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Wrapped up for Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Publisher: HQ Digital.

Publication Date: 1st October 2019.

❄️Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger

Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage - Katie Ginger

Publisher: HQ Digital.

Publication Date: 11th October 2019.

❄️The Christmas Countdown by Donna Ashcroft

The Christmas Countdown - Donna Ashcroft

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 7th October 2019.

❄️The Little Shop on Silver Lining Street by Emma Davies

The Little Shop on Silver Lining Street by Emma Davies

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 16th October 2019.

❄️We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

Publisher: Avon.

Released – 5th September 2019.

❄️Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

Coming Home to Glendale Hall - Victoria Walters

Publisher: Hera.

Publication Date: 25th September 2019.

How good is that? The few I’ve read so far have been excellent! I can see it’s going to be a tough competition. Those covers are divine too aren’t they?

Like I said previously if you want in or you know of a book you think would be perfect to put in, please do let me know. 2019 releases only of course.

Lots of love as always

N 😘

Posted in 2019, Miscellaneous, News, reviews

Rebecca Chance

Not even a book blogger ranting, just a normal reader ranting.

Ok, so yesterday I heard some absolutely devastating news from the book world. The news being that our beloved Queen of the Bonk-Buster, Rebecca Chance, will no longer be writing under that pseudonym or giving us any more of her amazing, original and damn right fucking brilliant reads. Why? Well, I can assure you that’s not on her, it’s on her publishers, Pan Macmillan.

Oh come on. She’s a bestselling novelist and has been for-fucking-ever. She no doubt brings a lot more than some other authors do and to be fair here she should not be penalised for over seas not understanding her humour or should I say our English humour. And it doesn’t matter if she’s the only one, she’s the only one we need and want. It just shows how superior she is.

Bless her so much. I know she’s probably not nearly as arsed as I am like 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

As for the genre in itself though, I do personally class it the same as romance/comedy/chick-lit/rom-com/new adult/contemporary/modern/etc… I know a lot of people do.

I’m livid. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way about our BB Queen not being able to give us our yearly gift of debauchery, scandal and laughs.

Come on PanMac what are you playing at? Yes, we know we still get the brilliance of her pen and mind with Lauren Henderson and the crime genre. Which is also fantastic work, but some people don’t want crime! Some people don’t like crime! In fact, some people fucking hate crime. Especially with that and the psychological thriller genres being packed to the brim right now and being thrown at us every hour on the hour. It’s overwhelming, it’s getting very boring and we need a break away from it. Do you know what would be the perfect break in between that? Rebecca Chance and her uplifting ingenious books that’s what. Don’t get me wrong, I love the crime genre and RC even has crime in her novels, but you get the gist though.

RC, I’m gutted for you my love. I really am. Thank you so much for all the books, all the tears (both sad and happy), all the laughs, all the weird looks from people when you actually laugh out loud in public. All the gasps and smirks and snorting. All the joy and uplifting spirit. All the hard work and passion you’ve given us for the last ten years. You are a queen and a talent like no other that we will all miss desperately.

To anyone who does not know who Rebecca Chance is where the hell have you been? You so better go get your head stuck right into one of her books. Believe me, you will NOT be disappointed at all. I am re-reading from the start again now to make myself feel better. Her books will be available underneath all linked up so you can purchase and piss yourself with pleasure. It’s all glamour and honesty and just absolute reading bliss. She’s something completely off the charts and mesmerising. I sound like a lick-arse here, but I honestly do not give a riding shite. It’s the truth and you know the truth is all I do.

Love as always,

N 💔

P.S… Mile High is currently on offer for 99p on amazon. BARGAIN! So there’s no excuse really not to grab a copy. Goes amazing with a wine you know. Or a gin for that matter. Or a cuppa tea. Or anything really.

P.P.S… You could go check out her other work that’s available under Lauren Henderson too if you want like, but right now I’d stick to RC and read them after 👍🏻

📚RC’s boss book list.

Divas

Amazon

Apple/ibooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Bad Girls

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Bad Sisters

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Audiobook

Killer Heels

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Bad Angels

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Killer Queens

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Bad Brides

Amazon

Book Depository

Mile High

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Killer Diamonds

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Killer Affair

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Audiobook

Bad Twins

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Audiobook

Naughty Bits

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Rebecca Chance was born in Hampstead to international art dealer parents, and grew up in the exclusive millionaire’s row surroundings of London’s St John’s Wood. Tiring of her cushioned, privileged existence, she ran away to Tuscany to live a wild bohemian life on a wine-making estate, where she lived in a 14th century villa in a Chianti vineyard, partying with artists, learning Italian, and picking grapes. But big city life was calling her, and after staying in Rome and Porto Ercole, she moved to Manhattan, lured by the glamorous single-girl existence and nonstop nightlife. She spent a decade living the Sex and The City dream in SoHo, equally at home in an uptown penthouse on Fifth Avenue overlooking the Metropolitan Museum, or downtown dancing on the bar of the Coyote Ugly for kicks. Eventually, a handsome American husband in tow, she moved back to London to settle down (as much as she can) and finally fictionalize some of her most exciting and glamorous experiences into her bestselling blockbuster novels.

Rebecca’s interests include trapeze, pole-dancing, watching “America’s Next Top Model”, and cocktail-drinking.

Links to RC: (Her Facebook is legendary)

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Goodreads

Go buy all the books

Proper gutted 💔

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – A Modern Family by Helga Flatland.

Hi everyone.

How are you all? I hope you’re all doing wonderful and if not, then I hope good and love will come your way soon.

Today I’m hosting on a book I can only describe as refreshing. It’s not my usual thing, but you know yourself sometimes we get an inkling about something and it pulls us into it. I’ll fully admit it to you all, I am a book snob. I judge books by their covers and I’m old enough and have been in this field for so long that I should really know better. You know what though? Like this one, I secretly love getting my eye wiped and being wrong.

Let’s go…

🔸Blurb: Liv, Ellen and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s seventieth birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce.

Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history.

A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change…

🔸My Thoughts: I have to admit to you all here that I’m still not finished with the book. I know, I’m sorry. I’ve had sufficient time and I’m a pure let down. I’ve not been to good health wise though and you all know how that goes by now. I’ve had to use all the energy I could muster up when awake for my sons 17th birthday.

I can and will say though that I am thoroughly enjoying it. It’s magnificently written and has numerous emotions being thrown at you constantly. It’s fresh and honest and real. I love all that me. Already I know it’s going to be a book I recommend fully to you all.

I’ll post my review and link it over to this tour once it’s up. Sorry for any inconvenience.

🔸Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

🔸Book Details:

Title: A Modern Family

Author: Helga Flatland

Genre: General, Modern & Contemporary Fiction

Length: 276 Pages.

ISBN-10: 1912374455

ISBN-13: 978-1912374458

ASIN: B07KGNBWF8

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication Date: June 13th 2019

🔸About the Author:

Helga Flatland is already one of Norway’s most awarded and widely read authors. Born in Telemark, Norway, in 1984, she made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Stay If You Can, Leave If You Must, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas’ First Book Prize.

She has written four novels and a children’s book and has won several other literary awards. Her fifth novel, A Modern Family, was published to wide acclaim in Norway in August 2017, and was a number-one bestseller. The rights have subsequently been sold across Europe and the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies.

You can learn more about Helen and her work and follow her on social media by using the following links:

Twitter

Instagram

Goodreads

Once again I’ll apologise for being a let down and sincerely hope you can forgive me.

Thank you as always for joining me here on TBGWP and giving me your time and love. It’s never not appreciated. You all keep me sane and push me to try do more. Thank you to you all for that and to you all that check in on me and make sure I’m doing ok when I’m very quiet.

Thank you also to Helga herself and to our lovely Ann over at LCPD for inviting me onto the tour and giving me an ARC copy of A Modern Family.

I’ll see you all soon.

Love always, N 😘

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 – The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas.

How amazing is a Friday though? You know what’s even more amazing? Kate Mascarenhas incredible book ThePsychology of Time Travel. Do you know what’s even better than that? An extract of the book! I know, I know, I spoil you.

Let’s get started…

⚜️Blurb: A time travel murder mystery from a brilliantly original new voice. Perfect for readers of Naomi Alderman’s The Power and Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven.

1967.

Four female scientists invent a time travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril…

2017.

Ruby knows her beloved Granny Bee was a pioneer, but they never talk about the past. Though time travel is now big business, Bee has never been part of it. Then they receive a message from the future – a newspaper clipping reporting the mysterious death of an elderly lady…

2018.

When Odette discovered the body she went into shock. Blood everywhere, bullet wounds, that strong reek of sulphur. But when the inquest fails to find any answers, she is frustrated. Who is this dead woman that haunts her dreams? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?

⚜️My Thoughts: Right am not usually a Sci-Fi/Time Travelling type of gal at all but something about this book really intrigued me. Man am I seriously glad I chose this book to be the opening of something actually quite wonderful.

To live in a world where time travel is the norm is a fantastic concept. One I would be very much be interested in living if we could actually live in Kate Mascarenhas world.

The Psychology of Time Travel am not going to lie is complex book to read, however, once you’re actually in and have made connections with each character and where they are and at what times etc., it then becomes absolutely fascinating. A fresh, original and alternative premise with a truly beautiful underlining and up-to-date story focusing on mental health.

To read from an all female cast perspective from many era’s really gives you insight into how time changes reality now. It’s a clever, thought provoking, inspiring, wonderful book and one I could not recommend to you any more.

I’m sorry for the shite review people, but it’s a hard one to have to write about without giving anything at all away.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

⚜️Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

WHSmith

Waterstones

Book Depository

⚜️About Author: Kate Mascarenhas.

Kate Mascarenhas is a writer.

Born in 1980, she is of mixed heritage (white Irish father, brown British mother) and has family in Ireland and the Republic of Seychelles.

She studied English at Oxford and Applied Psychology at Derby. Her PhD, in literary studies and psychology, was completed at Worcester.

Since 2017 Kate has been a chartered psychologist. Previously she has been an advertising copywriter, bookbinder, and doll’s house maker. She lives in the English midlands with her partner.

To find out more about Kate and her work you can do that by using the links provided below.

Website

Twitter

Goodreads

⚜️Book Details:

Title: The Psychology of Time Travel.

Author: Kate Mascarenhas.

Genre: Crime & Thriller/Mystery/Sci-Fi.

Length: 320 pages.

ISBN-10: 1788540123

ISBN-13: 978-1788540124

ASIN: B077T7MNQJ

Publisher: Head of Zeus.

Publication Date:

Ebook and Hardback – August 9th 2018.

Paperback – March 7th 2019.

So that’s me done, I’m out. Thank you so much stopping by and I really do hope you’ll go grab yourself a copy of this book. It is totally worth it. Also, buy alcohol to go with it. It is Friday after all.

Bottoms up 🍷🥂🍹🍸🥃🍻

Huge thanks as always to Kate herself for having a wonderful imagination; and to the fabulous Florence over at HOZ for letting me a part of something special and inviting me into the tour.

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. 

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🚺 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