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 Year of Second Chances by Kendra Smith.

Hello my gorgeous book geeks.

How are we all today?

As you can see I am hosting day number seven on the blog tour for Kendra Smith’s fantastic new release, A Year of Second Chances.

Let’s go…..

💕Blurb: Three women. Three very different lives. One life-changing adventure.

Charlie is a single mum unlucky in life. Her multiple jobs make barely enough to feed the family cat, never mind being able to give her son the life he deserves. So when an opportunity to make a lot of cash comes along, she simply has to take it.

Suzie has always wanted to be a mother. But fate has been cruel and now time is running out. Soon her final frozen egg will be destroyed and her last chance of having a baby will go with it. With her husband resolved to their childless life Suzie takes matters into her own hands.

Dawn is about to turn fifty and seems to have misplaced her mojo along with the car keys. But with an interfering mother-in-law and a gaggle of judgemental mums at her children’s school, it’s proving harder to find than a decent fitting bra. Especially after a series of highly embarrassing incidents…

Over the course of a year three lives are about to collide and as they do be prepared to laugh, cry and fall in love with these women as they discover how life can give you a second chance.

💕My Thoughts: What started out as a book I was ready to lash on the CBA pile or the DNR pile as it’s known too most. I decided to stay with it and to be honest I’m glad I did.

A Year of second Chances is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a fast-paced, easy read.

It really is a lovely book, written well with an honest and genuine plot. A cast of characters that to me somehow should not fit together, but do which makes it just that bit more special of a friendship.

It’s catty and funny and dramatic and warm and most of all real. And when something is real, then we feel it more. So to read a book like that is always worthwhile. This one for sure is.

Real life.

Real love.

Real problems.

Real friendships.

Real women.

Real reading!

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

3.5/5

💕Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

💕Book Details:

Title: A Year of Second Chances.

Author: Kendra Smith.

Genre: Fiction & Literature/Women’s Fiction.

Length: 288 Pages

ISBN: 1789541875

ISBN-10: 1789541875

ISBN-13: 978-1789541878

ASIN: B07R3C27NP

Publisher: Aria.

Publication Date: June 20th 2019.

💕About the Author:

Kendra Smith has been a journalist, wife, mother, aerobics teacher, qualified diver and very bad cake baker. She started her career in Sydney selling advertising space but quickly made the leap to editorial – and went on to work on several women’s magazines in both Sydney and London. With dual Australian-British nationality, she currently lives in Surrey with her husband and three children.

You can learn more about Kendra and her work by using the following links:

kendrasmith.co.uk

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

So that’s me, I’m afraid. Short and sweet today this one. I know you’ll all go grab a copy of this read especially because it’s currently only £2.45 for the ebook!! I know, right? Bargain! And because it’s Wednesday you’re allowed wine. Perfect combo! Perfect price! Winner!

As always thank you so much for joining me here today on TBGWP! You are all absolutely amazing.

Also huge thanks to Kendra herself and my fairy book mother of Aria, our Vicky for inviting me into the tour.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – A View to a Kilt by Wendy Holden.

Happy Sunday fellow book geeks of the world. Today we are donning our kilts and reading our way through a little sneaky peak of the fabulous, A View to a Kilt by the one and only Wendy Holden!!

Wendy Holden though please? Queen of RomCom. Queen of Chick-Lit. Queen of the bestsellers! Get that crown Wendy babe 👑

Shall we get started?

♥️💙Blurb: London’s most glamorous glossy magazine is in trouble. Advertising revenues are non existent, and if editor Laura Lake can’t pick them up, she’s out of a job.

According to those in the know, Scotland is having a fashion moment. Haggis tempura is on Michelin-starred menus, smart spas are offering porridge facials, and a chain of eco-hotels is offering celebrity bagpipe lessons. So Laura’s off to a baronial estate in the Scottish Highlands to get a slice of this ultra-high-end market.

It’s supposed to be gorgeous, glitzy and glamorous. But intrigue follows Laura like night follows day. And at Glenravish Castle – a shooting lodge fit for a billionaire – Laura finds herself hunting for a scoop that won’t just save her job, it could save her life…

💙♥️Extract:

💙♥️My Mini Thoughts: If you haven’t already been introduced to Laura Lake then you have seriously been missing out! She is honestly one of the best chick lit characters around. Don’t worry if you haven’t though because you can jump straight in here with A View to a Kilt and read it as a stand-alone.

As always with a Wendy Holden read you end up completely engrossed in her words. With a decent character set up and a plot that seems pretty straight forward, it in fact is not and actually laughs in your face. It then calls you stupid and drags you back into the read with a bit of mystery and a lot of smirking! Can’t beat a book that not only smirks at you but has you smirking right back at it. Very clever writing. Well Done to our Wend on that one 👍🏻 thoroughly enjoyable!

A View to a Kilt is the escapism we all need and deserve. It’s funny, it’s bold, it’s crazy, it’s fast-paced and it’s bloody golden. Shit, I mean tartan!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4/5

💙♥️Links to buy:

Amazon

ibooks

Kobo

GooglePlay

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

💙♥️Book Details:

Title: A View to a Kilt.

Author: Wendy Holden.

Genre: Romantic Comedy/ChickLit

Length: 400 Pages.

ISBN-10: 1784977640

ISBN-13: 9781784977641

ASIN: B07CZJHK3C

Publisher: Head of Zeus.

Publication Date:

• EB/HB: April 4th 2019.

• PB: August 8th 2019.

💙♥️About the Author:

Number-one bestselling author Wendy Holden was a journalist on Tatler, The Sunday Times, and the Mail on Sunday before becoming an author. She has since written ten consecutive Sunday TimesTop Ten bestsellers. She is married with two children. And lives in a tiny castle in Derbyshire.

You can find out more about Wendy and her books or get to know her on social media using the following links:

wendyholden.net

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

Instagram

So it’s a quick and easy one for us today. Well, it is Sunday after all. Thank you so much as always for joining me here at TBGWP today, I appreciate it so much. I really do hope you’ll go make friends with Laura Lake and disappear to Scotland for a bit with her. It’s honestly a great read.

Thank you to Queen Wendy herself of course and to the lovely VJ over at HOZ for inviting me onto the A View to Kilt tour.

See you all soon!

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 2017, News, Random Quotes, Pictures, Inspiration and things I Find Amusing., reviews

Book Review: Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood.

💙Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood.

Source: author request.


💙BLURB: Olive Brewster is living a small, safe life. She’s happy enough with her job at the local market, it’s cool that she has no boyfriend to fret over, she even likes that she still lives in her childhood home. No drama, no fuss, no problems! Everything is fine. Super duper fine.

Except … Olive’s best friend in the world , Birdie, is dying.

Birdie has one final wish. She wants to track down her first love, her epic once in a lifetime love, her Big Sexy Love, Chuck. And because she’s stuck in the hospital she needs Olive’s help to do it. But there’s a teeny problem: Chuck is somewhere in New York and Olive has never even left her home town, let alone roamed the crazy streets of Manhattan!

As if the big city isn’t scary enough, Olive has to contend with Seth, a cocky comedy TV writer who thinks she’s a joke; Anders, a bored socialite who’s taken a shine to her; and the fact that no matter how hard she tries to track down Chuck, he doesn’t seem to want to be found.

Can Olive learn to overcome her fears, abandon her old safe routine and fulfil her best friend’s last wish?  It’s going to take extra bravery, one badass attitude and a whole lot of Big Sexy Love to make this happen …

💙REVIEW: OM-Fucking-G! You know that excitement you get when you squeal silently to yourself whilst clenching your gnashers together and shaking your fists a bit? That is what you get when you read this book. THAT.IS.WHAT.YOU. GET! You don’t even need me to say anything else now do you? You know that’s the one. The link to buy is right here 👉🏼 BUY IT…  But If you do want to hear me waffle on about it then be my guest and go right ahead…. 

Big Sexy Love is without a doubt Greenwood at her absolute best. I don’t know how she’s going to top this one I really don’t. It’s just sooo good. Like proper good though and am not even messing. Please go and buy it. It’s a treat and a half it really is. It is the perfect book to make you smile at any time and any place.

Ok, so protagonist Olive Brewster is a knob. Not even a little one, a full-blown massive one. And girls we all know we love one of those 🤦🏻‍♀️😉moving on…. 

Olive is right now standing at being my favourite character of ALL time. ALL TIME THOUGH! I died laughing so many times with her shenanigans, northern charm, sarcasm and utter could not give a fuck attitude mixed with a shyness and confusing demeanour. She is outstanding! It is such a pleasure to watch her blossom throughout the book and it is a blessing to be able to read about her friendship with the fantastic Birdie too.

I honestly idolised every single part of it. It’s heartbreaking, heartwarming, romantic, piss yourself funny, northern to a tee and utterly fucking joyous. It broke my heart in the most amazing way possible. I know right? How the fuck can that happen? Clever minds and fantastic writing and fabulous plots, characters, and love can actually make that happen. Such a wonderful and inspiring book. Go buy it! You know you want to.

Also, if there is a prize for making someone’s heartbreaking tear-snot erupt over electronic reading devices with full on snorting laughter? Kirsty, my friend you deserve that prize. Shit memes have never been more funny in a heartbreaking moment. 

Big Sexy Love is my Big Sexy Love this year for sure. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5 

P.S… Kirsty Greenwood, I love you. Ahh no I really do. You are an amazing author and I totally fucking love your work. 

Queen of the mother fucking northern authors – baby! (You have to sing that sentence like Snoop Dogg sings ‘the King of the mother fucking westcoast’ in Eminem’s Bitch Please ll.) Get your microphone out girl you’ve got singing to do🎤👸🏼 

💙LINKS TO BUY: 

Amazon 

💙BOOK DETAILS: 

Title: Big Sexy Love 

Author: Kirsty Greenwood 

Genre: RomCom/ChickLit

Length: 352 Pages

ASIN: B071YLZ6JX

Publisher: Novelicious 

Publication Date: 29/06/2017

💙ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kirsty Greenwood is the author of three fast-paced, funny and fearless romantic comedies. She is also the founder and editor in chief of Novelicious.com.

Kirsty sends out a really cool letter each month with wonderful giveaways, bookish updates and general good stuff. You can sign up to get the letters by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/2pe1XuP

She Tweets at @KirstyBooks, Instagrams at @kirsty_greenwood and can be found on Facebook at KirstyGreenwoodBooks. Her favourite thing is when readers get in touch to say hello! So go say hello.

Posted in 2017, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – Me, You & Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield.

Happy Saturday y’all!

Thank you for joining me today as I host day two of the fabulous Me, You & Tiramisu blog tour. 

Today, I have an exclusive blog piece written just for us by author Charlotte Butterfield. I know, yeah! Spoiled us aren’t we?

First though, let’s get a look at this book and what it’s all about. 

No, hang on a minute. Please can I just mention this now though before I forget to tell you? Ok, so already 2017 has seriously been proving that the romance/chicklit/romcom genres are totally at the top of their game and back at the top, I absolutely love it! I honestly went on a little break last year away from the genre, but some of these upcoming titles, including this one are proper spot on! 

Sorry, here we go….


💜 Blurb: It all started with a table for two…

Life for self-confessed bookworm Jayne Brady couldn’t be better – she has a twin sister she adores, a cosy little flat above a deli and now she’s found love with her childhood crush, gorgeous chef Will.

But when Will becomes a Youtube sensation, thanks to his delicious cookery demos (both the food and his smile!), their life of contentment come crashing down around them. Can Jayne have her Tiramisu and eat it?

💜Links to buy:

Publication for the PaperBack version of this read won’t be available until March 9th, but not to worry we have the ebook to keep us company until then. Links as always down below. 

Amazon 

iBooks 

Waterstones 

WHSmith

💜About the author: 

Former magazine editor Charlotte Butterfield was born in Bristol in 1977. She studied English at Royal Holloway University and an MPhil in Gender and Women’s Studies at Birmingham University before becoming a journalist and copywriter. She moved to Dubai in 2005 and lives with her husband and three children.
You can find out more about Charlotte via her social media links.

Twitter 

Facebook

💜 Journalist to novelist by Charlotte Butterfield. 

 There’s a scene in Me, You and Tiramisu where a journalist character is frantically trying to scrabble around for a news story to fill a column with and contemplating ringing up celebrities out of the blue, asking if they were gay, and if the celeb in question said no, she would run the story with the headline ‘XXX denies being homosexual’. Thankfully for the last ten years I’ve mainly written about houses and interior design rather than sordid gossip, but when I first started out I too had my fair share of dubious assignments. Standing in the cold in front of a rather insalubrious ‘adult’ shop the day before Valentines Day asking customers what they bought was one of my first commissions – the highlight being a lady who asked to remain anonymous, let’s call her Sally, who bought her partner a thong with an elephant trunk covering his modesty. Other weird commissions involved visiting five clairvoyants in the same day and comparing readings – one of them said I was going to write a bestselling trilogy that would be made into a film, so watch this space!

In the run up to Christmas one year I had to interview ten different shopping mall Santas about their lives for the other eleven months of the year, and taste-test Easter eggs a few months later. Once, when editing a homes and interiors magazine, I was working late in a big open plan office and heard shrieks of excitement from the Cosmo girls a few desks along whose eyes had been fixed to the newswires waiting for news of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ baby to be born. That was the first time I heard the words ‘Stop the Press!’ which until then I thought was a fictional phrase dreamed up to make movies about Fleet Street more exciting. I’ve never had reason to shout this phrase myself, more’s the pity, but I could totally relate to my reporter character in Me, You and Tiramisu and her excitement at breaking the story of Will. The cut-throat world of tabloid journalism is one that I loved writing about, and one I’m quite glad to have left behind!


💜 Book Details: 

Title: Me, You & Tiramisu.

Author: Charlotte Butterfield.

Genre: Romance.

Length: 384 pages.

ISBN-10:0008216517

ISBN-13:978-0008216511

Publisher: HarperImpulse.

Publication Date: 9th March 2017


That’s it me loves. 

Once again thanks for joining me today, you’re all amazing. You’ll be even more amazing if you go by a copy of this book too you know? Also, it’s Saturday. Get the wine out and get those feet up. 

Huge shoutout to the lovely Samantha over at HI for inviting me onto the tour today. 

Love as always,

N 😘

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, Miscellaneous, News, reviews

BT – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Joanna Bolouri. 


Happy Friday gorgeous people of the world.
Thank you for joining me today as I host day five on Joanna Bolouri’s, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Blog Tour.

Erm… Well, I was supposed to give you a review today you know, but I so can’t. 🙈

Arr no hang on a minute and hear me out, ok?

I haven’t got a review today and that’s not because I’ve not read the book, or am just too lazy to write one. It is in fact because I would never be able to stop the spoilers and I would never in a million years know how to do this book justice. I honestly have no proper words right now. I’ll try Me best like.

Joanna Bolouri is seriously a top class author, she’s current, bold, funny and to be fair she’s just fucking fabulous. She is the Queen of RomCom am telling you. Proper crown and everything! 👑

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is everything a Christmas book should be. A bit of a shaky festive ride with a lot of family dramatics, partying and cocktails on the way. Lots of festive shit and of course a bit of romance and tenderness thrown in for good measures. Oh, and lots and lots of laughter. No seriously, I mean serious choke yourself laughter. No word of a lie.

Emily and Evan are two of the best characters I’ve read about in a long time and I snorted a lot at some of the crazy fucking things that went on with them two. Their banter is priceless and I loved being the third wheel for them. The Carson family are absolutely fucking AMAZING! They are the absolute best family ever! Their Scottish charm is delightful. 

Oh it’s just so relatable, you know what I mean? Like, it could actually be you and your family. In all honesty though, it actually could be my family! Oh I really love it. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it too. 

You know what? Am going to give loads of spoilers away if I even try carry on trying to write about it! It’s dead hard when you love a book but you don’t know how to tell everyone about it because you’re a bad tit and just can’t. But I NEED to! I NEED to dead bad. I NEED to tell you all how fan-fucking-tastic it is and that not only is it top of my 2016 Christmas bookathon winners list right now, it is also in the top 5 of my 2016 book of the year too. I won’t tell you where like, but it’s warmer if you go up 😜

Oh I love it. I hope you do too. 

So you know I like to tell you all what to do and to go buy all the books all the time, but honestly when it comes to our JoBo she does it with style, sass, realism and quality, and I just absolutely love all her books. And this book will be another 5star from me to her.

A sweary four day uproar of sarcasm, family crazyness, love and absolute ball busting hysterical laughter. Like snorting laughter and needing to put a tenor lady on (if your one of the maturer ladies of life or just like me and have had kids who have basically fucked your body up) because I promise you. you will piss your pants. 

Christmas reading at its absolute fucking best! 

I’m honestly in awe.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


💙❤️Blurb: Thirty-eight year old Emily has a satisfying job, fab friends, an amazing car and, most importantly, a wonderful flat, exactly 411 miles away from the judgemental, batshit crazy, interfering family she reluctantly sees twice a year. In fact, the only minor stress in her life is her twenty-something neighbour Evan and his penchant for flirting, loud music and even louder sex . . . but he’s nothing she can’t handle. 

Emily also has a boyfriend called Robert and it’s going really well. So well, in fact, that this year Emily is hoping to take him home for Christmas to meet her family. Finallyshe won’t be subject to five days of nosy questions from her parents and pity looks from her younger married siblings.
But when Robert breaks up with her a week before Christmas, Emily is gutted. How on earth is she going to face her family now? Enlisting the help of party boy Evan (in exchange for one month’s rent and the use of her convertible) Emily is determined to take Robert home for Christmas come hell or high water, even if it isn’t the realRobert . . .

💙❤️Links to buy:

Amazon 

ibooks 

Kobo

Book Depository 

Waterstones

WHSmith (PaperBack on offer here😉)

The Book People

💙❤️Book Details:

Title: The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.

Author: Joanna Bolouri.

Genre: Romantic Comedy. 

Length: 416 pages.

ISBN: 9781784299125

Publisher: Quercus Books.

Publication Date: October 6th 2016


💙❤️About the 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 Skinny, the Scottish Sun, the Huffington Post and HecklerSpray. She lives in Glasgow with her daughter.


To find out more about Joanna, buy her books or chat to her, you can follow her via her social media accounts. Links below.

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads 


So there you have it my darling book geeks. I’ve been a pretty shitty host and blogger today haven’t I? I genuinely do apologise for that. But I do hope I’ve somehow made some kind of sense and have made you want to go read this book. I honestly love it. I also love you. I love Joanna Bolouri. I love Alainna from Quercus. And I love laughter, genuinity, warmth, compassion, Christmas and most of all Family. I know you all do too. 

#MostWonderful.

Love as always 

N 😘


Posted in 2016, Book Tours, Miscellaneous, News, reviews

BT – Dan and Nat Got Married by Jon Rance.

Good morning/afternoon/night my fellow book geeks. 

As always thank you so much for joining me on today’s blog tour. I have Jon Rance who is one of my favourite male authors and one of the nicest guys around with me today giving us the lowdown on the characters in his new rom-com, Dan and Nat Got Married.


💠Blurb: The British romantic comedy you need to read this year.

From the bestselling author of This Thirtysomething Life, Happy Endings and Sunday Dinners, comes a brilliantly funny romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones.

Marriage can be difficult. Especially when you’ve only just met. Meet Dan Fox, 34, an online marketing manager from Clapham, who was jilted at the altar two years ago by the love of his life and hasn’t dated since.

Nat Howard, 32, is living back at home with her parents in Dorking after her perfect boyfriend dumped her and she had to move out of his bespoke flat in Putney.

On separate Stag and Hen weekends in Las Vegas, Dan and Nat wake up married. Both too drunk to remember what happened, they return to England and try to get on with their lives. But there was something about Nat that makes the usually cautious Dan think they should give their marriage a go. Nat’s still in love with her Ex, but maybe Dan can help mend her broken heart.

Can marriage between two relative strangers really work? And when Nat’s ex-boyfriend – the gorgeous Charlie – comes back into her life, she must decide – something old or something new?

 Set in London, Dan And Nat Got Married, is a funny and full of heart modern romantic comedy about marriage, relationships, and giving love a second chance. 

💠Dan and Nat Got Married – Meet The Characters. (Oh and Jon!)

J: Hello and thanks so much for having me on your blog today! 

N: Ahh Jon, you’re always welcome here at TBGWP.

J: Is the kettle on? Great, no sugar and a splash of milk please.

N: As if! You know where the kettle is. I’ll have a coffee while your there ta 😉

J: Right, so I’m here to talk about my new novel, Dan And Nat Got Married. It’s a romantic comedy about two strangers who wake up married in Las Vegas. They’re both there on separate hen and stag weekends and after a heavy night drinking they wake up together with no memory of what happened. They return to England and after meeting up again to discuss getting a divorce, they actually decide to give their marriage a go. This is their story and these are the main characters.

DAN FOX 

Dan is thirty-four, lives by himself in Clapham, and is an online marketing manager. Dan’s life was defined when both his parents were killed in a car crash when he was just nineteen. Before that he was a happy-go-lucky teenager, but suddenly his world was turned upside down. When we meet Dan, his life is in a bit of a rut. Two years before the start of the book he was left standing at the altar by the love of his life – he just hasn’t had much luck. In an attempt to have some control over his life, he’s become a bit of a controlling, neat freak, who stays in at the weekends and watches television rather than go out and won’t take any sort of chance. He’s so afraid of getting hurt again that he puts his faith in order, routine, and he works hard at his job. When Nat comes along, his world his turned upside down again, but maybe this is his last chance to finally find love. I love Dan because he’s essentially a sweet, romantic guy who’s been dealt two terrible hands in life, but still has the optimism to try again.

NAT HOWARD

Like Dan, Nat is heartbroken at the start of book. She was living in Putney with her gorgeous boyfriend Charlie in his bespoke flat and her life was perfect. She loved him and was just waiting for the proposal. Instead Charlie dumps her and she’s living back at home with her parents in Dorking. She’s an office temp and like her life, she feels unfulfilled and doesn’t know what to do next. Nat just wants to be happy, but she has no idea what that is and how to achieve it. She’s in a slump. Her best friend, Ellie, sort of convinces her to give Dan a go and with the choice of living at home with her parents in her thirties, or living with Dan in Clapham, she decides to go with Dan. She’s made a lot of mistakes in her life and for her Dan represents some stability and maybe a solid future. But when Charlie comes back on the scene, she’s thrown into turmoil and must make the most important decision of her life. If only she wasn’t really bad at making decision. Nat was really fun to write because like Dan she’s an optimistic, romantic who just can’t seem to find that ‘one’ and when she does, she seems to make the wrong choice. 

ADAM SMITH

Adam is Dan’s best friend since primary school. Adam is a painter and decorator and despite being thirty-four, still lives at home with his mum. Adam’s dad left when he was small and so Adam feels responsible for his mum. Adam’s a proper lad and often takes over scenes because he’s loud, brash, and treats life like one big joke. Adam can seem a bit shallow and one dimensional – he likes beer, pub quizzes, food, and girls – but underneath he’s quite sensitive and when he does finally fall in love, it comes as a surprise to everyone – including Adam! 

ELLIE WATSON

Artistic Ellie works in media and lives in a shared loft in Shoreditch with a bunch of creative types. She’s Nat’s best friend and would do anything for her. She’s tall, loud, wears very colourful clothes, and exudes confidence. Ellie is Nat’s shoulder to cry on and ear to listen to. I enjoyed writing Ellie so much because she’s just a really fun character. She’s spontaneous and really doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Although she does have one secret that she can’t even share with Nat.

CHARLIE WILLOUGHBY

Think Hugh Grant and Colin Firth all wrapped up in one character. This is Nat’s ex-boyfriend, Charlie. He’s suave, sophisticated, works in the City, makes a lot of money and lives in a very nice flat in Putney. He’s every woman’s dream man. Nat can’t get over him and when it comes to choosing between Dan and Charlie, what can she do? Down to earth, solid Dan or Charlie, the gorgeous ex-boyfriend?

NAT’S FAMILY

Nat’s family and especially her overbearing Irish mother, feature heavily in the book. Her mum is highly strung, very Catholic, Irish, stubborn, and loves her family more than anything else in the world. Her dad is a down to earth black cab driver, and her brother, Liam, despite being younger than Nat, is the successful one with the better job and family. Nat and Liam are always competing for everything, but when she needs him he’s there for her. I loved the family scenes in this book because the family have such a strong dynamic and they’re all such interesting individuals that have been thrown together.

SOPHIE BELL 

Sophie is a new girl at Dan’s office and takes an instant shine to him. She’s twenty-five, beautiful, intelligent, and has a habit of bending down in front of Dan and showing him lots of her body! Can Dan resist the gorgeous Sophie?

So this is most of the main cast. There are a few extra ones I haven’t mentioned, but this is a novel with lots of characters and side characters who I spent time developing so they all felt real and worked and helped move the story along. As I’ve said in other blogs and interviews, for me characters are everything and in this book, I’ve managed to cram in a lot of very funny, interesting, and unique characters. The main four of Dan, Nat, Adam, and Ellie dominate the book though and I hope you fall in love with them as much as I did. 

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today and thanks for the tea, it was lovely! Cheers.  

N: No, thank you for inviting me and the book geeks onto your blog tour. 

💠Links to buy Dan and Nat Got Married:

Amazon UK 

Amazon US 

💠Author Details:


Jon Rance was born in Southampton, England in 1975. Apparently the seventies were great, but to be honest, he doesn’t remember much about them. He does remember most of the eighties very fondly. He attended Bitterne first and middle school and then Western Park Boy’s school. He spent a lot of the eighties watching television. His favourite shows were: Rainbow, Button Moon, The Wombles, Dogtanian and the Three Muskahounds, The Cities of Gold, Danger Mouse, Thundercats, Grange Hill, Blue Peter, Going Live, and Neighbours. He had a red BMX bike, and did his first Panini World Cup sticker album during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico – the dreaded Hand of God World Cup. 

He attended Richard Taunton’s sixth form college where he met some incredible people, did A levels in Art, Art history and English literature, discovered the ups and downs of alcohol, and generally had a very good time. After a year at art college in Portsmouth, and a GAP year, he ended up studying English Literature at Middlesex university, London. Highlights of university include: kissing the television presenter John Leslie at a New Year’s Eve party, deciding to to go outside in January completely naked for “a bit of a laugh”, living with three of the best blokes in the world and having a laugh almost everyday, his first serious girlfriend and their holidy to Africa, Manchester United winning the treble, and enjoying learning, obviously. It was at university he also decided he wanted to be an author.

After university Jon spent several years in various jobs: British Museum, television, university library, but he dreamed of two things – going travelling and being a writer. So at the grand age of twenty-eight, he finally went off around the world. USA, Fiji, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India. His plan was simple, to travel the world and write. What actually happened was that he met his future wife in Australia, and so didn’t end up going to Asia at all and instead back to America with her, and he didn’t write very much. He did have one of the best years of his life though and met the woman who would change everything. 

In 2004 he moved to America and got married in of all places, Las Vegas. He also decided he was going to stop farting around and be a proper writer. Jon spent the next few years writing his first novels without much success. However, after getting frustrated that no-one was actually reading his work, he decided to self-publish his third novel, ‘This Thirtysomething Life’ on the Kindle. To cut a long story short, it took forever, but after some research, some actual marketing, the book reached number 7 on the UK Kindle chart, it sold 55,000 copies, and Jon finally got the call he’d been waiting for. A publisher wanted to publish his book. Fast forward four years and Jon his about to publish his fifth novel. Like most of his life, becoming an author hasn’t exactly gone to plan, but he got there in the end

He is the author of five novels: the Kindle top ten best seller, This Thirtysomething Life, Happy Endings (both published by Hodder and Stoughton) This Family Life and Sunday Dinners. His fifth novel, Dan And Nat Got Married, was published this October. 

Jon loves comedy (especially sit coms), the films of Richard Curtis, travelling and tea. He just turned forty, which is a terrifying time, so his books might get a bit edgier and possibly angrier as a result.

You can find out more or get in touch with Jon via his website and social media. Links below:

JonRance.co.uk

Twitter 

Facebook

Goodreads 

Amazon 


💠Book Details:

Title: Dan and Nat Got Married 

Author: Jon Rance 

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Length: 315 Pages

ASIN: B01IO491GM

Publication Date: October 4th 2016


So you gorgeous lot, that is your lot. I hope you’ve had fun getting to know Jon and his new friends and that you will be as lovely as I know you all are and go buy this absolutely delightful read. No, honestly, de-fucking-lighful. (I really do need to go to therapy for swearing don’t I?) 

Anyway, Jon you’re a star! Good luck with Dan and Nat Got Married.


Love to you all as always 

N 😘


Posted in 2016, News, reviews

BOOK REVIEW: You Had Me at Merlot by Lisa Dickenson.

📚 You Had Me at Merlot by Lisa Dickenson.

Source: Review copy courtesy of Sphere – Thank you! 


🍷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 really over the moon for Lisa – and me obviously because I get to read it again with fresh eyes but 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 looking back at my mini reviews for the e-series, I 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!’.

So, 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 the 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 with an array of vivid and very different characters, it gives us one 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 all our dreams come true.

Yet 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 lovely big bottle of wine.

Happy drinking! I mean, reading! 😳

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

🍷Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

Waterstones

Book Depository

WHSmith

🍷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