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The Little Bakery On Rosemary Lane Tour – Extract

The Little Bakery On Rosemary LaneToday on the book tour for the second book in Ellen Berry’s Rosemary Lane series, called ‘The Little Bakery On Rosemary Lane’, sit back and enjoy an extract from the story, taken from chapter 9.

So, what’s your line of business?’ Tommy was asking now.

‘I’m a photographer,’ Sean explained.

‘Oh, right. Weddings, portraits, that kind of thing?’

‘Well, I’m more kind of—’

‘Would you do one of our Jessica? She’s a right little character – just turned eighteen months. Me and my girlfriend, we’d love a proper picture of her to have framed for the living room.’

‘Er, that’s not quite my—’

‘You know – looking cute, sitting on one of those sheepskin rugs?’

Roxanne chuckled to herself as she sensed Sean struggling to remain on his new best mate’s good side. ‘Uh, yeah, I know the kind of pictures you mean, but I’m actually more of a—’

‘She’s just adorable,’ Tommy added fondly. ‘D’you have a card or anything, so I can contact you?’

‘Uh, not on me, no . . .’

‘Aw. Well, I’ve got your number.’

‘I called you on my girlfriend’s phone,’ Sean said quickly.

‘Right. So, will you text me yours, so we can arrange to do the pictures?’

‘Yeah, ’course I will . . .’

No, of course he won’t, Roxanne mused as she sanded off the last of the burnt crust with a Brillo pad. He happens to be a top fashion photographer whose latest campaign for a high-street chain is currently gracing enormous billboards all over Britain. Sean O’Carroll does not photograph babies on fluffy rugs.

Drilling and hammering curtailed their conversation, and once Roxanne had finished cleaning the tray, she found Sean lurking in her living room. ‘Why are you hiding in here?’ she teased him.

‘I’m not hiding,’ he murmured defensively. ‘I’m just letting him get on with the job.’

‘Right. It’s just that, a few moments ago, it sounded as if you were about to arrange a holiday together.’

Sean’s eyebrows shot up. ‘Don’t be ridiculous!’

She laughed, just as Tommy called out to say he’d finished.

‘So that’s it secure,’ he remarked as she inspected his work. Sean had failed to reappear from the living room.

‘Brilliant, thanks so much – and, yes, I’d like to go ahead with the replacement door, please. Could you send me an estimate?’

‘Yeah, no problem.’ He seemed disappointed at having to deal with her now.

You can buy The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Doll House Book Tour

The Doll House‘The Doll House’ is Phoebe Morgan’s debut novel. Today on the book tour, she answers the question, if her book was adapted for screen, who would play the characters.

This is such a tricky one as anyone who knows me will tell you how bad I am at knowing the names of celebrities! Still, I do have some favourites who I would love to see taking on my characters.

My main protagonist is Corinne, a thirty-something year old woman who is trying to have a baby with her partner Dominic. She’s quite fragile emotionally, reeling from the death of her father, and struggling to cope with life without the one thing she wants – a child of her own. I think the beautiful Felicity Jones would do a great job of capturing Corinne’s emotions – she’s such a captivating actress who has that delicate look which is how I imagine Corinne. I can just see her floating around the art gallery where Corinne works, thinking about her father and wondering how many more rounds of IVF she can go through.
Ashley is Corinne’s sister, a couple of years older than her and very much the older sibling. She lives with her husband James and their two children, Lucy and Benji. First and foremost she’s a mother, but although she loves family life she’s starting to wonder if there’s more for her out there – and she’s worried about where her husband is when he says he’s working late. I can see somebody like Rachel Weisz stepping into this role brilliantly – she was a perfect young Mum in About A Boy (a classic!)

Dominic is Corinne’s boyfriend, a newspaper journalist in London who is incredibly supportive of her but sometimes craves an easier life. He’d be played by someone with a kind face like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who always manages to capture that unassuming look really nicely and convey how much he loves the girl.

I can’t give away too many spoilers here, but I’d like to see Ms de Bonnier played by someone amazing like Helena Bonham Carter – an older character who completely commands the stage and is incredibly versatile. Erin, meanwhile, would be played in an ideal world by a blonde actress, somebody with a vulnerable side such as Carey Mulligan, who has had some wonderful performances that really blew me away.

I feel we need another attractive man in the midst (it’s my imagination, after all) so I’d give Henry Cavill the part of James, Ashely’s husband who may or may not be hiding something from his family…

Now to find a Hollywood budget!

You can buy The Doll House from Amazon.

Noireland International Crime Festival, Belfast

Noireland International Crime Festival, Belfast

If you’re a fan of the crime genre, whether you enjoy reading the books or aspire to be an author, then Belfast’s debut crime festival is a must attendance.

Noireland (great name by the way) will be running from 27-29th October and taking place in the Europa Hotel.

Organised by the people behind the amazing bookshop ‘No Alibis’ which is situated in Botanic in Belfast, this festival celebrates the island’s love of crime fiction.

The 3-day event will be showcasing the amazing talent emerging from Ireland currently as well as some of the popular authors from all over the world, such as Sophie Hannah, Arne Dahl and Benjamin Black, to name just a few.

Noireland International Crime was organised to provide a platform for the wealth of crime writing talent emerging from Ireland, showcasing it alongside some of the biggest international names in crime and thriller writing.

With a jam-packed programme of great authors plus a selection of entertaining events, this debut festival is an exciting introduction to Northern Ireland’s love of all things crime and suspense.

As a very new and independent organisation they rely on partnerships, sponsors, donations, ticket sales and volunteers to support their work.

If you are interested in partnering with Noireland or sponsoring them you can contact them at info@noireland.com

For more information and updates about the events plus tickets, go to Noireland.com

Miranda Dickinson Reveals New Book – Christmas In St Ives

Christmas In St IvesMiranda Dickinson has revealed exciting news about her new Christmas novella called ‘Christmas In St Ives’

What the back cover says

Heartbroken Cerrie Austin is doing her best to hold it together in the run up to Christmas. Not easy when her cheating ex works in the same school and everyone’s eyes are on her. The last thing she needs is a new teacher meddling in her beloved nativity play, even if he is charming, handsome and a talented musician. The Christmas performance is her pride and joy, and she won’t be undermined.

Seren McArthur has recently returned to her Cornish hometown and is enjoying being close to her family and her oldest friends again. St Ives is at its most magical at Christmas, with fairy lights and tinsel in every shop window, tempting locals and holidaymakers alike as they pick up gifts. But an exciting opportunity is just around the corner: will she stay or will she go?

Meanwhile, the St Ives Christmas celebrations are in crisis: plans for a giant lantern parade through the starlit streets have ground to a halt. As the snow starts to fall, can Cerrie, Seren and their friends Kieran and Aggie rally around in time to save the big day?

‘Christmas in St Ives’ is a charming novella that introduces you to the characters from Miranda Dickinson’s upcoming novel, ‘Somewhere Beyond the Sea’.

You can pre-order Christmas in St Ives from Amazon and is available to buy from 19th October 2017.

Cover Reveal – The Hygge Holiday By Rosie Blake

The Hygge HolidayRosie Blake is back with a fabulous new book called ‘The Hygge Holiday’

What the back cover says –

It’s autumn in Yulethorpe and everyone is gloomy. It’s cold, drizzly and the skies are permagrey. The last shop on the high street – an adorable little toy shop – has just shut its doors. Everything is going wrong for Yulethorpe this autumn. Until Clara Kristensen arrives.

Clara is on holiday but she can see the potential in the pretty town, so she rolls up her sleeves and sets to work. Things are looking up until Joe comes to Yulethorpe to find out exactly what is going on with his mother’s shop. Joe is Very Busy and Important in the City and very sure that Clara is up to no good. Surely no one would work this hard just for the fun of it?

Can a man who answers emails at 3 a. m. learn to appreciate the slower, happier, hygge things in life – naps, candles, good friends and maybe even falling in love?

The perfect recipe for hygge this autumn: make a hot chocolate, draw the curtains, snuggle under a blanket and read your way to happiness!

You can pre-orderThe Hygge Holiday from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 21st September 2017.