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Amelia Mandeville

Amelia MandevilleAmelia Mandeville is one half of the video blogging sisters, ‘The Mandeville Sisters’ with her sister Grace. They have a YouTube channel, where they explore their love for fashion, style and discussing disability and body positivity. ‘Every Colour Of You’ is Amelia’s debut novel.

  1. To readers of the blog who may not be familiar with you or your writing, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing.
    My name is Amelia Mandeville, I have a Youtube channel with my sisters ‘Mandeville Sisters’. I’m
    21, and I love dipping into the fictional world. I just got into this, by writing, and writing until I
    finally got there. Not giving up was the key!
  2. Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming book, ‘Every Colour of You’.
    ‘Every Colour of You’, is a book of many different emotions, following the journey of Tristan and Zoe, and their very unlikely friendship. It’s a book to make you hopefully laugh and cry, break your heart, and mend it at the same time.
  3. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    Ooooh. Rainbow Rowell. Patrick Ness, and Veronica Roth.
  4. Is there anything that you would change about your writing journey?
    I wish my writing wasn’t so dependent on my mood.
  5. Who’s your favourite literary heroine or heroine?
    I always loved ‘Maximum Ride’.
  6. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    You know what, I don’t have one!
  7. What’s your favourite book of all time?
    Hmmm, that’s too hard to choose. I have so many favourites, ‘Eleanor and Park’, ‘Chaos Walking ‘series, ‘Maximum Ride’ and so many more.
  8. Every Colour of You

  9. Why did you decide to write female fiction?
    I’ve actually wrote YA, and zombie novels before this, so I guess it just depends on the story I’m creating.
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    Oooooh, it’d be the three I answered for my favourite book.
  11. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    The motivation and self believe. Definitely. Just keep writing and encouraging yourself because it’s hard to believe in yourself. I nearly gave up lots of times.
  12. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    Can music count? I always have to listen to music, but a good cuppa is helpful too!
  13. And finally, do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website.
    I am working on my second book at the moment, which is all pretty secret…and still busy with my Youtube channel Thanks so much for having me 🙂

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    You can buy Every Colour of You from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Hush Hush Tour – Extract

Hush HushOn the book tour for Mel Sherratt’s brand new book called ‘Hush Hush’, enjoy an extract from the chilling tale.

Eddie pinched the bridge of his nose. He wanted to punch out, hit the wall, throw the desk across the room, anything to rid himself of the feeling in his chest. He wouldn’t let his grief show in public, not even to his family. But Josh had been his friend since they were young boys and he trusted him more than he ever had any member of his family.

‘What the hell went on here last night?’ he yelled, slapping his hand down on the desk.

Jade visibly jumped. ‘Don’t look at me!’ she pouted.

‘I’m not. But someone knows something and I intend to find out who by the end of the day.’

‘Ed, I’m sorry.’ Leon walked round the desk to him and put a hand on his shoulder.

‘Yeah, I’m sure you are.’ Eddie shirked it off.

‘What’s that supposed to mean?’

‘Well, there was never any love lost between the two of you. I also know what’s been going on. Josh told me what you’ve been doing to make more money on the side. I was as pissed off with him getting involved as I am with you. It’s stupid. And would you stop with the snivelling, Jade?’ Eddie snapped.

Jade pulled herself upright. ‘I have feelings!’ she shouted. ‘Josh was my friend too. I can’t believe he’s gone.’

‘I can’t believe someone would kill him at the gym.’ Leon ran a hand through his hair. ‘And what the hell is she doing turning up here?’

‘Grace?’ Eddie said, noting his brother had evaded his accusations. His informant at the police station had told him she was back. He hadn’t been too pleased about it at the time, and had hoped their paths wouldn’t cross so soon. He’d wanted to get a handle on her before deciding whether they needed to get her on side, to recruit her to their team.

‘Yeah,’ Leon responded. ‘As a fed, she’s a threat. As a person, she’s not welcome at all.’

‘I think she made it perfectly clear she didn’t want anything to do with us.’ Eddie reached for his phone. There were already seven messages waiting for him – news was getting around.

‘I didn’t get that impression,’ Jade said. ‘I think she was shy, maybe overwhelmed to meet us all in one go. Aren’t either of you intrigued to see what she’s like?’

‘No, and you aren’t going to find out either,’ Eddie remarked. ‘She isn’t family and never will be.’

‘But that’s—’ Jade began.

‘But nothing.’ Eddie glared her way. ‘You’ll do as you’re told.’

Jade folded her arms and stuck out her chin. ‘You might think you can still bully me – both of you – but you can’t tell me what to do now that Dad isn’t here. If I want to see my sister, then I will.’

You can buy Hush Hush from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Everything I Know About Love By Dolly Alderton

Everything I Know About Love‘Everything I Know About Love’ is the debut book by Dolly Alderton and also been shortlisted for Waterstones, Book of the Year.

Dolly Alderton was a former Sunday times dating columnist and in her debut book, she embarks on a thirty year journey exploring the various relationships she’s been in over the years and how they have shaped her into the woman that she has become.

Through memoirs, diary entries and random emails, this collection of stories are wittily and poignantly written that makes for bittersweet and sad reading in parts. Dolly explores the complexities of relationships, not only with the opposite sex but with friends through the years.

On this journey, we encounter feelings of betrayal and jealousy when friends fall in love and leave others behind, a situation that we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives. The tragic story of losing friends to illness, which is a particularly heartbreaking chapter as well as the hilarious dramas of online dating.

This book is a story of self discovery and self worth and for Dolly, it was all about putting herself before relationships and for me that’s admirable, especially in today’s society where there is such pressure put on our status in life.

Also having recently seen Dolly in conversation about this book, she is a warm and witty woman who offers inspirational advice to women who are struggling with relationships.

An honest account of life and relationships with plenty of humour throughout, ‘All I Know About Love’ is most certainly an insightful book that offers advice to people who are at a turning point in their lives.

You can buy Everything I Know About Love from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

I See Through You By Daisy McNally

I See Through You‘I See Through You’ is Daisy McNally’s debut novel.

Cleverly written in a way that we offer sympathy to Skye and the way that she was treated instead of thinking her crazy, ‘I See Through You’ is a rollercoaster of a story that offers a darker side to holiday romances.

Skye has finally met someone she can trust. A holiday romance, of all things. But you know when something real comes along, when it’s meant to be. Don’t you? A week after returning home, and Johnny has disappeared. He hasn’t called or returned her messages. Then, with the easiest of lies, Skye finds a way back in to Johnny’s life – and to the people in it. When she makes an unlikely friend, they realise that Johnny is telling lies of his own. So will the two women find a way to bring him down – or each other?

For the last couple of days, I’ve had my head in this book, this dark and thrilling story really gripped me from the first page.

The story is seen through the narrative of Skye and is written in the past and present tense, as she deals with the love affair that she had with Johnny. A charismatic man who sweeps her off her feet whilst on holiday, but once the holiday is over. He disappears leaving her heartbroken. Back home, she has to adjust to life without the man who was promising her the world but instead befriends his mother, under the guise of being called Molly to get closer to Johnny.

For a debut, I thought this book was a brilliant story. A twisted tale of revenge and obsession with not only love but also social media. The bleak atmosphere of the Edinburgh streets provided the background to this claustrophobic story. The characters are complex and interesting, particularly Skye with her troubled background as well as Anna, a friend of Johnny’s who Skye initially saw as a threat but instead sees her as a kindred spirit as they both share stories about Johnny.

Cleverly written in a way that we offer sympathy to Skye and the way that she was treated instead of thinking her crazy, ‘I See Through You’ is a rollercoaster of a story that offers a darker side to holiday romances.

You can buy I See Through You from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

A Christmas Gift Book Tour – Extract

A Christmas GiftAlthough I’m reading ‘A Christmas Gift’ by Sue Moorcroft, I’ve not read enough for a review, so here’s an extract to give you a taster of the Christmas story.

She speeded up as she led the way back up the corridor. ‘The main building used to be a house called Lie Low, the bolthole of a Carry On star and then a shady businessman.’

They passed dance studios, Joe glancing in on students and giving the brief nods he seemed to consider sufficient interaction as Georgine continued to provide background information. ‘Acting Instrumental’s a small independent further education college. Our current roll is eighty-four students across two year-groups. The cafeteria’s through here. Oggie got funding to subsidise lunches so the take-up is high.’

She turned right.

‘This is my room.’ She laughed to see a garland of turquoise tinsel hanging from the handle. ‘I’m collecting Christmas props so people are bringing me their cast offs.’ She whisked past, heading straight for dance rehearsal.

She paused at the door. ‘This is the big rehearsal room. Maddie’s working with dance students on our Christmas show, A Very Kerry Christmas, Uncle Jones. The students are Level 3, which is the same as A Level.’ She stepped inside. At one end of the room a stage space was denoted by yellow gaffer tape on the floor where a small dance troupe was learning a routine.

Maddie glanced round without pausing in her dance. Tall and willowy, her fair hair pulled back in a plait, she flashed a smile before returning her attention to the teenagers who were mirroring her movements. The shuffles and thumps marking the rhythm of their feet made Georgine’s heart lift.

‘Forward, back,’ Maddie called, ‘step-two-three, change, step-two-three, back, leg lift, and chassé . . . and then we’re ready for the last part of act one, scene two. Let’s try it to music.’ She clicked a small remote in her hand and a lively jive tune burst onto the air.

You can buy A Christmas Gift from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.