Thursday, 31 July 2014

Talk to Me by Jules Wake

Blurb:

Olivia and Daniel certainly aren’t talking the language of love …
Olivia has been in love with Daniel forever but, despite her best efforts, they’ve never been able to get it together. Their relationship has always been a series of mixed messages and misunderstandings and the final straw comes when Daniel mysteriously starts dating her flatmate, Emily. Hurt and confused, Olivia resolves to forget her heartache with a spot of speed dating. After all, what could possibly go wrong?
One crazy stalker later and Olivia’s life is becoming increasingly strange and scary. Can she rely on Daniel to step in when events take a terrifying turn or will their communication breakdown ultimately result in tragedy?



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A big thank you to Choclit for sending me a copy to review.

My Thoughts:

I love this cover and find the colours and detailing, incredibly inviting. But within the pages, Jules Wake has gifted us with an INCREDIBLE DEBUT!, for this story has love, intrigue and danger

Olivia is hopelessly in love with Daniel and although he knows she exists, he has started dating her roommate and bitchy acquaintance Emily,
The story then starts to unfold as we follow Olivia through speed dating, the drama that event throws into her life and her quest to keep Daniel in her life.

I'm awestruck at this book, I can't believe all the directions that the story followed and yet it flowed fluidly, I loved how it surprised me and instantly pulled my attention into what proved to be a truly gripping story,

Olivia is a wonderful character and I just wish she could see what's happening around her.
Emily on the other hand, I actually hated her, she's a genuinely nasty piece of work.

'Talk to Me' is a journey of emotions in a beautiful package,

Getting in Cupid's Way with Joanne Phillips

About Joanne:

Joanne Phillips lives in rural Shropshire with her husband and young daughter. She’s the author of romantic comedies Can’t Live Without and The Family Trap, and the Flora Lively series of mysteries. Can’t Live Without was an Amazon top 20 bestseller in 2012 and her books regularly appear on category bestseller lists. Before becoming a writer, Joanne had jobs as diverse as hairdresser, air hostess and librarian, but now divides her time between writing and finding creative ways to avoid housework. She’s a fan of super-dark chocolate, iced coffee and Masterchef. Joanne blogs about writing and publishing at www.writersjourney.co.uk

Website: www.joannephillips.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joannephillipsauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joannegphillips
Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Joanne-Phillips/e/B0083UEG86/


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Your novel is called 'Cupids Way' please could you tell me about it?
A cute Victorian terrace – Cupid’s Way – is under threat from developers, and Evie Stone is on a mission to save it. Only trouble is, she hadn’t banked on falling for Michael Andrews – CEO of Dynamite Construction, the developer behind the plan to demolish the street ...

Are any of the characters in 'Cupids Way' anything like you?
Evie has elements of me in her - the desire to rescue people, the passion about issues that matter to you deeply. Mostly, though, the characters are made up of many elements, both from my imagination and inevitably from people I've met over the years.

They say the journey to being published is one of the hardest an author can take, please can you describe the journey that you went on?
It was hard, until I saw the light and went indie. Mind you, being indie isn't exactly easy either! I finished my first novel, Can't Live Without, back in 2006, and in 2008 had some interest from an agent. This didn't pan out, but I had other things to think about (I had my daughter in 2008), but in 2011 I got a Kindle for Christmas and I had been following the new self-publishing movement with interest. I've always been an independent kind of person, and when I realised that I didn't actually need permission to publish it was like a light bulb going on. I published chapters of my book on my new blog, and the response was amazing. In May 2012 I uploaded my first book to Amazon and my publishing career was born.

Writers put so much time and energy into their characters and I have been told in the past that a writer carries their characters around with them.
So my question is if you could go out for a day with any one of your characters: who would it be, what would you do and why did you pick this particular character?

If I was single I'd go out with Michael Andrews because he is gorgeous ;) I love him because he's strong and determined - if a little stubborn at times - but he is also very human and open and very, very sexy. My second choice would be Edie, the octogenarian from The Family Trap. She never married, but worked at Bletchley Park cracking codes during the war and I bet she has loads of interesting stories to tell.

If you were told that you could live any day without repercussions for your actions, what would you do and why?
I would go and frighten the life out of bullies in schools, making sure they were so terrified they never picked on anyone again. I know that if my daughter is ever bullied I would do this anyway, no matter what the repercussions. These days parents are scared to be adults in situations like this, but I know when I was in school, and being picked on for (amongst other things) having a stammer and coming from a broken home, I would have given anything for some scary person to come along and give the bullies a taste of their own medicine.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
America - anywhere in America. I love the country from afar, and one day I will just get on a plane and go there!


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If you could choose one book that you think everyone should read, what would it be and why?
I don't think I could choose a book that would be right for everyone - I'd say everyone should read at least one book that affects them deeply, but this would be different for different people. That said, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway is a brilliant book for instilling an ethos that can really help when times get tough.

If there was one saying that could sum up your life to date, what would it be?
You make your own luck :)

Please share with us, one random fact about yourself or your book?
The title 'Cupid's Way' came out of a brainstorming session for a previous book, The Family Trap.

What can we expect next, any future books in the pipeline?
Tons of books! This year will see the release of my new romantic comedy, You Are Here, and the next in the Flora Lively series. Busy, busy, busy.

What or who in life inspires you?
I've no idea, really - there is just this drive to keep going. I find people who carve out their own path inspirational, and recently I've been inspired by Hugh Howey's indie journey. (And I met him at London Book Fair and he is super-lovely.)

What is your all time favourite book?
My all time favourite book is A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler. It's the perfect book, in my humble opinion.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Book News: The Echoes of Love

Today I am very pleased to tell you about the incredible Echoes of Love 
by Hannah Fiielding.


The Echoes of Love wins Gold Medal Award at the Independent Publishing Book Awards


Hannah Fielding’s gripping romance,The Echoes of Love competed with titles by authors from over 33 different countries to win Gold medal in the Romance category at the 18thIndependent Publisher Book Awards held in New York. The publisher crossed the Atlantic to accept this hugely respected and well-deserved prize. The award organisers credited the publisher with the ability to “take chances and break new ground” in the Romance genre. 

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Praise for gold award-winning The Echoes of Love

An epic love story that is beautifully told, one of the most romantic works of fiction ever written The Sun
Fans of romance will devour this in one sitting The Lady
The book is the perfect read for anyone with a passion for love, life and travel Love it!
Romance and suspense, with a heavy dose of Italian culture Press Association

Venetia Aston-Montague has escaped to Italy’s most captivating city to work in her godmother’s architecture firm, hoping to recover from a broken heart. For the past ten years she has refused to let herself fall in love, only to be caught off guard during carnival when she is rescued from armed thieves by a charming Italian, Paolo Barone.

Drawn to the powerfully attractive Paolo, and despite warnings of his ladies-man reputation, Venetia can’t help being caught up in a passionate affair.

When she finds herself assigned to a project to refurbish his magnificent home deep in the Tuscan countryside, Venetia not only faces a beautiful young rival but dark reminders of her past, determined to come between them.

Can Venetia trust that love will triumph, even over her own demons? Or will a carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?

About the Author
Hannah Fielding was born and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. Her family home was a large rambling house overlooking the Mediterranean where she lived with her parents and grandmother, Esther Fanous, who had been a revolutionary feminist and writer in Egypt during the early 1900s.

Fluent in French, English and Arabic, Hannah’s first experience of the world outside of Egypt was attending finishing school in Switzerland aged 18, after which she travelled extensively throughout Europe and England where she met her husband Nicholas. It was love at first sight.

Hannah and her husband divide their time between their home in Kent and their house in the South of France, which Hannah has beautifully restored. Hannah’s first novel Burning Embers was published in 2012.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover





Blurb; 

When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her apartment door, it is definitely not love at first sight. 
They wouldn't even go so far as to consider themselves friends. But what they do have is an undeniable mutual attraction. He doesn't want love and she doesn't have time for a relationship, but their chemistry cannot be ignored. 
Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up, as long as Tate can stick to two rules: Never ask about the past and don't expect a future. Tate is determined that she can handle it, but when she realises that she can't, will she be able to say no to her sexy pilot when he lives just next door! 

This new romance from Colleen Hoover will have you laughing and crying in equal measure - definitely her best book yet!





HOT BED, I LOVE YOU! Thank you for sending me a copy to review! 

My Thoughts: 

Broken, emotional, distraught, these are just a few words to describe the journey that Colleen Hoover took me on within the pages of 'Ugly Love' 

The blurb will tell you everything you need to know about this book, now go and buy it! 
Seriously, I don't want to give any of this beautiful story away, I don't want to ruin a single word.
That being said, this book is filled with so many quotes that reach into the heart and embed themselves there, that this is one of those rare occasions where I am quoting the book! 
Because you need to be caught up in the world of Tate and Miles, you need to discover the passion, the emotions and the looks that pass between them.
YOU NEED IT ALL! 

The story is told from the POV of Tate in the present day and Miles in the past.
The chance to glimpse how Miles became so closed off added something extra special to this story.
To discover his past broke my heart, it left me longing to hug him, to stroke his hair, to kiss him..... 

 "If I were capable of loving someone… it would be you." 

The Miles we meet in the present, is passionate in the bedroom, the sex is incredible and the longing between the pair is felt throughout.
But he can't open his heart.

“Don’t ask about my past,” he says firmly.  “And never expect a future.”  


I feel sorry for Tate, she's so accepting of his two rules because she needs him in her life, she will take any chance she has to be close to him, to breathe the same air, to have him speak any words to her.
She is consumed by everything that is Miles.

At times I found myself breathless, I was so consumed with their lives, that I felt as though I was living and breathing their relationship! 


"You make it so hard to breathe."
I witnessed the emotions, the secrets, the lust and the devastation, but I was also able to see the smiles, the laughter and the way they altered each other's being.

One of the characters who always managed to make me smile was Cap, I loved him, he was always on hand to listen and share a smile.

In fact Colleen Hoover has created an incredible mix of characters, all of whom will leave their mark on your heart.
Her way with words is incredible, the passion, intensity and emotion is constant and the whole story is phenomenal.

I cannot recommend this book enough, I want to gush on about it forever but instead I'm going to go back and gaze at the book that's delivered a sensational  message within its words! 









Monday, 28 July 2014

A Girl Called Summer by Lucy Lord

Blurb: 

Island life is just one step away…
A new start…
Bella and Andy have escaped the rat race for the sun-drenched, relaxed lifestyle on the island of Ibiza. But with a run-down house to make habitable and a distractingly gorgeous neighbour, is their island idyll all that it seems?
A holiday adventure…
Tamara Gold has been Hollywood’s most notorious car crash since she was a child star. Now clean and sober, and engaged to Tinseltown’s hottest leading man, it seems like she’s finally conquered her addictions, if not her bratty behaviour. But a summer in Europe with all the hedonistic lures of Ibiza beckons…
A girl called Summer…
Summer Larsson has always known Ibiza as home: a haven of hippies, yoga and healthy eating – and loneliness. But in Bella, she’s found the friend she always needed, and when Bella’s glamorous Hollywood friends come to visit, it looks like she might have found true love as well…
This could be the summer that everything changes…


My Thoughts:

Lucy Lord delivers summer in her latest book. Whether you are experiencing a heatwave or stuck listening to the rain, this book is the perfect form of escapism.

Lord, will whisk you away to Ibiza, LA and ST Tropez, with this deliciously descriptive read that will have you feeling the warmth of the water and the sand underfoot. 
Her words will leave you longing for Sangria and a chance to experience the lifestyle that's within the pages!

Before I start to tell you about 'A Girl Called Summer' I wanted to say that although I've read and loved both previous books, that if you are a new reader this can be read as a standalone! 

A Girl Called Summer reunites us with Bella and Andy, as they embark on a new life in Ibiza. 
The story follows the couple as they settle into a new way of living, build new friendships and are visited by Poppy, Damien, Ben and Natalia.

I LOVED being reunited with Bella, the change in her life brings about a happier more grounded Bella and it was wonderful to discover.

I LOVED the new friendship that she formed with Summer, Summer is an incredible character and it's great to read about a beautiful character who has kept her personality and is just genuinely lovely and down to earth,
It felt to me as though Bella and Summer changed each other's lives,

I LOVED Jack Meadows, HOT Hollywood movie star, incredibly down to earth and genuine. He sounds divine and has soared his way to the book boyfriend list. 

I LOVED gorgeous, beautiful, happy Daisy! 

In fact ladies and gentleman, I LOVED everything about this book. I need the shouty capitals to emphasise just how much I LOVED the story, the characters and the journey they go on.

Through the pages Lord takes us on a journey that deals with some tough issues, as well as some fun hedonistic escapades. 
With the fluidity of the story flowing like the calmest sea, this is a read that will pull you in and captivate your mind, you will lose yourself in every page and close the book with a sense of happiness.

Summer is delivered in a book that has the most aptly named story and the most gorgeous cover!



Discussing Summer with Lucy Lord

Lucy Lord is a novelist and journalist who has written for The Times, Guardian, Independent, Evening Standard, Time Out and Arena. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys lying in hammocks, long lunches on beaches, cooking and throwing parties; she's never got the fuss about over-priced handbags. It's probably fair to say that her books reflect her interests.

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Your novel is called 'A Girl Called Summer' please could you tell me about it? 
A Girl Called Summer is set mainly on the beautiful sunny island of Ibiza. It revolves around three women: Bella (who you’ll know if you’ve read Revelry and Vanity) who has moved, with her man and baby, into a dilapidated old finca that she hopes to turn into their dream home; Tamara, once Tinseltown’s most notorious wild child, now engaged to her handsome co-star and trying to make it as a serious actress; and beautiful, happy, free-spirited Summer, who was brought up on the island by gentle hippy parents but finds herself wondering if there’s more to life. When Hollywood meets Ibiza, the results are explosive!

Are any of the characters in 'A Girl Called Summer' anything like you?
Bella (who is also one of the lead characters in Revelry and Vanity) has always been based on me!

                                      



They say the journey to being published is one of the hardest an author can take, please can you describe the journey that you went on?
I sent off my finished manuscript to five agents at a time, full of excitement but preparing myself for rejection. And the rejections came! The thud of the heavy self-addressed envelopes dropping on the carpet became all too depressingly familiar. And then, about a year after I’d sent off the first five envelopes, I received an email from Annabel Merullo at PFD saying that she loved the manuscript and did I want to meet her for a chat. I think I might actually have screamed. Then about a year after that, Annabel called me to let me know that she’d secured me a THREE BOOK DEAL with Harper Collins. I definitely screamed at that!

Writers put so much time and energy into their characters and I have been told in the past that a writer carries their characters around with them.
So my question is if you could go out for a day with any one of your characters: who would it be, what would you do and why did you pick this particular character?

I think my answer to that would vary according to which book I’d just written, so, having been immersed in A Girl Called Summer for the last year or so, it would have to be a day on a deserted beach with Jack Meadows. You’ll have to read the book to find out why!

If you were told that you could live any day without repercussions for your actions, what would you do and why?
That is such a brilliant question, but one that is impossible for me to answer - because of the potential repercussions!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I quite honestly would explore every corner of the globe if money were no option, but I’m very keen on the idea of the midsummer parties when the sun doesn’t set in certain parts of Scandinavia. Or skiing in the midnight sun in Sweden has enormous appeal!

If you could choose one book that you think everyone should read, what would it be and why?
A Girl Called Summer, of course!

Out of all the destinations you've shared with your readers, which would you say is your favourite?
Difficult to say, with so many gorgeous places in the world, but for me, it always has to be Ibiza.
         

If there was one saying that could sum up your life to date, what would it be?
Carpe diem (‘seize the day’, in Latin)

Please share with us, one random fact about yourself or your book?
My husband and I spent a large part of our honeymoon in Anita’s Bar in Ibiza, which features heavily in A Girl Called Summer.

What can we expect next, any future books in the pipeline?
Oh yes. I’ll never stop writing books! I can’t say too much about it, but am very excited about my next one, which is set in the 1960s.

What or who in life inspires you?
My enormous, wonderful family. And Keith Richards when I have a hangover.

Please would you share who your 5 dream dinner party guests would be? 
Jilly Cooper, Johnny Depp, Dorothy Parker, Keith Richards and Hunter S Thompson should make for an eventful evening.

At your dinner party, there's a cocktail in honour of 'A Girl Called Summer' what would the ingredients be? 
Vodka, apple juice and elderflower cordial, topped up with Prosecco (or Champagne if you’re feeling flush) over crushed ice. Summery, refreshing and absolutely delicious!

Quick fire round:

Mark or Ben?
Impossible to choose. Both!

Plane or boat?
Boat, without a doubt! I can swim but I cannot fly. And turbulence terrifies me.

Early riser or night owl? 
Night owl.

Letters or emails?
So wish I could say letters, and I do write thank you letters, but to be honest, over 90% of the time it’s emails

Books or magazines?
Books.


A huge thank you to Lucy for stopping by The Love of a Good Book, if you haven't read any of her books, you should definitely add them to your list! 


Pippa Croft: Special Offer & Interview

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Pippa Croft is the pen name of an award-winning romantic novelist. After studying English at Oxford, she worked as a copywriter and journalist before writing her debut novel, which won the RNA’s New Writers’ award and was later made into a TV movie. She lives in a village in the heart of England with her husband and daughter.

Please would you tell me about the 'Oxford Blue' series
(I hope) it’s sexy, escapist, glamorous, funny, angsty, emotional, sophisticated read, but essentially the series is a love story between two young, ambitious people who can’t bear to be apart or together. It’s all set in the heady world of a fictional Oxford college and in various glamorous locations in the UK and abroad.

They say the journey to being published is one of the hardest an author can take; please can you describe the journey that you went on?
Looking back I realise I was very fortunate with my first book, Decent Exposure because I was lucky enough to get an agent and publisher (Little Black Dress) within a year. It went on to win the RNA’s New Writers Award and be made into a TV movie. Before anyone hates me, I’d like to add there’sbeen *many* ups and downs since, although being published by Penguin is a massive high point.

Writers put so much time and energy into their characters and I have been told in the past that a writer carries their characters around with them.
Definitely! Whenever I finish a book, I can’t stop thinking about the characters and with the Oxford Blue series, that’s been tripled. I just handed in the final copy edits on the final book last week, and I’m definitely not ready to let Lauren and Alexander go yet.
So my question is if you could go out for a day with any one of your characters: who would it be, what would you do and why did you pick this particular character?
Probably be a toss-up between Will, the mountain rescue leader from my first novel and Alexander Hunt. I’d love to be flown off to Rome, or swept away to Falconbury for a weekend but to do that, I’d have to be young and gorgeous like Lauren - and my husband might have something to say about it!
                                     


If you were told that you could live any day without repercussions for your actions, what would you do and why?
I’d need infinite power too, of course, but somehow I’d try to stop the oppression and abuse of women that takes place in so many societies. On a trivial note, I’d like to be a fly on the wall in the England cricket team’s dressing room and be let loose in the fashion departments of Selfridges, House of Fraser and John Lewis with an unlimited budget.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’d like to fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter and camp in the base under the stars.

If you could choose one book that you think everyone should read, what would it be and why?
Pride & Prejudice: the archetype for so many love stories ever since.

If there was one saying that could sum up your life to date, what would it be?
You’re never too old to be what you might have been

Please share with us, one random fact about yourself or your book?
I once interviewed the gorgeous Richard Armitage – only on the phone – one Monday afternoon and had to down a glass of rose wine beforehand to steady my nerves.

What can we expect next, any future books in the pipeline?
After three books in one year, I’m ‘resting’ for a couple of weeks i.e. trying to hack through the jungle that has taken over my house and garden. I’m also tinkering with ideas for a single title and another series.

What or who in life inspires you?
My daughter and my husband.

Please would you share who your 5 dream dinner party guests would be?
Jane Austen, Jessica Ennis, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, Michael Fassbender and Phil Tuffnell.

At your dinner party, there's a cocktail in honour of 'OxfordBlue' what would the ingredients be?
It would have to include blue curacao, of course and some fizz, so if anyone has any recipes, I’d love to hear them!

A big thank you to Pippa for stopping by and chatting to The Love of a Good Book!