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The London Book Fair Launches Inaugural UK Book Blog Awards

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The London Book Fair (LBF) is delighted to announce the launch of the first ever UK Book Blog Awards @ LBF – a new initiative designed to celebrate social media influencers and their important contribution to the book industry.

A new feature for LBF 2018, this will be the first time this community has been officially recognised and rewarded by the British publishing industry.

Bloggers, social media influencers, members of the publishing industry, and the general public are invited to nominate the best book blogs, bookstagrammers and booktubers across three categories:
· Book Blogger of the Year
· Bookstagrammer of the Year
· BookTuber of the Year

Once the shortlist has been revealed, a panel of judges will select one winner in each category, who will be honoured at a special awards ceremony at The London Book Fair. In addition, the Fair will introduce new seminars and networking events aimed at bringing the social media influencer community closer to the publishing world.

Jacks Thomas, Director at The London Book Fair commented: “Book bloggers are an increasingly important part of the book world. Their passion for authors, genres and books is integral in reaching new audiences. We’re really excited to be launching the inaugural UK Book Blog Awards @ LBF and recognising the crucial role social influencers play in the promotion of books.”

The awards are open to any blogger, YouTuber or Instagrammer that features books published in the UK and/or UK authors. To put forward a nomination, or to nominate your own blog/Instagram account/YouTube channel visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk/UKBookBlogAwards

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR UK BOOK BLOG AWARDS – TERMS & CONDITIONS
1. THE UK BOOK BLOG AWARDS 2018 are open to any blogger, YouTuber or Instagrammer who features books published in the UK and/or UK authors.
2. The blogger, YouTuber or Instagrammer may be located anywhere in the world, but to be eligible to win they must be able to collect their award in person at The London Book Fair, or send a representative.
3. Blogs, Instagram profiles, and YouTube channels can be entered by the brand owners, affiliates, or members of the public.
4. The deadline for entries is 12pm (noon) on Friday 2 March 2018 (the “Closing Date”).
5. Judging: a panel of expert judges will decide a shortlist of three entries per category, one of whom will be the overall winner in each category.
6. The Judges’ decision is final on all matters and no correspondence will be entered into.
7. If the judging panel feels that none of the entries in a category reaches the standard outlined to them in guidance notes, The London Book Fair may (under exceptional circumstances) cancel the category.
8. The Winners will be announced at The London Book Fair, 10-12 April 2018

Shame On You By Amy Heydenrych

Shame On You‘Shame On You’ is the latest book by Amy Heydenrych.

Meet Holly. Social media sensation. The face of clean eating. Everyone loves her. Everyone wants to be her. Or do they? When Holly is attacked by a man she’s only just met, her life starts to spiral out of control. Was she targeted because of her online wellness empire, or is there a darker reason behind the attack? He seemed to know her – but she doesn’t know him. Or does she? What if Holly isn’t who she seems to be? What if Holly’s living a lie? But surely we all lie a bit online, don’t we . . .?

I started reading this book late one Friday night and reluctantly had to stop reading it when I couldn’t keep my eyes open.

With short and snappy chapters that leave the reader wanting more this book is one of the grippiest books of 2017.

The story is seen through the narratives of Holly Evans and her attacker Tyler on the lead up to and after her attack.

Holly is an influential and powerful character who has a huge following on instagram after proclaiming that after a healthy diet and vitamins, she was able to cure herself of cancer and stay away from the more rigorous and traditional method of chemotherapy. But one night, she meets a handsome man who attacks her slicing her face and taking away her beautiful looks and confidence. As her army of fans rally around her, Tyler is determined to bring her down for the destruction, she caused to his life.

Both characters are equally fascinating and unlikable. Holly, is so caught up in the glory of her popularity and her legion of followers, that she fails to see the error of her ways. She’s determined to keep her mistakes a secret, she thrives on likes and loves from social media.

Whilst Tyler is consumed by hatred for the woman who unknowingly ruined his life. His bitterness leaps off the pages as he goes on a one man quest to ruin her life. He hates social media and everything that it stands for and as a doctor himself, doubts that Holly was able to cure her cancer solely through a healthy diet.

Fast paced and gritty from the very first page, ‘Shame On You’ is a dark, possessive and telling read about the power of social media and how much it controls people’s lives, reminiscent of an episode of ‘Black Mirror’, this book was a thrilling read.

You can pre-order Shame on You from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from July 26 2018.

Kirsty Greenwood

Kirsty GreenwoodKirsty Greenwood is the creator and editor in chief of book reviewing website, Novelicious. ‘The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance’ is her second book.

  1. Can you describe what your new book, ‘The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance’ is about.
    I can! It’s about Jessica Beam, a impetuous, modern young woman who moves in with her refined vintage Grandma – a vintage ettiquette writer. There are themes of female friendships and relationships, feminism, fashion and growing up. Also lots of sexy, swoony bits and plenty of funny situations and twists.
  2. To the readers of the website, tell us about yourself and how you got into writing.
    I’ve always been an avid reader, since a young age. I read so much it seemed like a natural progression to write stories of my own. I got into writing seriously after reading romantic comedy novels by authors such as Fiona Walker and Alexandra Potter and thinking that that might be something I could do too!
  3. Who is your favourite literary hero/heroine?
    Ooh, that’s tough! I want to say Lizzy Bennet because, well, she is the best. But I bet everyone says her. She’s just so popular. So I will go for Beatrice from ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. What can I say, I like the gobby women.
  4. What’s your favourite book of all time?
    ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. I read it once a year and never get bored. It’s my favourite romantic comedy.
  5. If you weren’t a writer, what do you imagine yourself doing instead? 
    I think something with music. I studied music at college and worked as a singer in the past. I love writing songs and playing the guitar (badly!).
  6. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    Authors from Team Novelicious for sure. So Cressida McLaughlin (the first part of her Primrose Terrace series is out on April 30th!), Cesca Major, Debs Carr, Jenni Joyce, Anna Bell and Kay Brooks. I would also ask Novelicious Books authors Rosie Blake, Poppy Dolan and Holly Kingston because they are wonderful and hilarious writers. Ooh, I would ask Lindsey Kelk, Lucy Robinson and Victoria Fox too. They seem like they would be a lot of fun to hang out with.
  7. I find you such an inspiration, as you have created the most successful female fiction website and have now become an established author. What do you think is the secret to your success?
    Thank you! That is really kind of you to say. My secret is that I have a lot of people helping me! My agent and publishers do a lot of work behind the scenes to make what I do so much better. And Novelicious is very much a team effort. Our lovely editor Kerry and the whole team have so much to do with the on-going success of the site. We have very loyal readers and I think they recommend us to their friends and help the site to keep growing, which is always a lovely thing

  8. What piece of advice would you offer to aspiring writers?
    Finish. Finish your first draft. It will suck. That’s okay. But you will get why I’m telling you to finish it when you have finished it. It’s like getting a secret key. It’s magic. Every time someone finishes a first draft an angel gets her wings. Or a child gets a new book. Or something. Just do it. Trust me.
  9. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Read. It’s the best training for writing. The second best training for writing is to write. I think studying fiction is also helpful. Read with a critical eye and figure out how the author is taking you on a journey. When you figure that out it helps you to do it too.
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which 3 books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    I would bring Olivia Goldsmith’s ‘Wish Upon a Star’ because it is my ultimate comfort read. Is there a novelisation of the Tom Hanks film ‘Cast Away’? Because if there is, I would take that. It would be so meta. I would also bring ‘Les Miserables’ because it is so long and I could build a hut from all of the pages.
  11. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    A brew. I often find starting to write quite difficult. A good cup of tea or coffee is a nice comfort. It helps warm my brain up and I can gently ease myself into back into the story I’m working on.

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The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris

The First Last Kiss book cover“The First Last” is the second book by journalist Ali Harris.

This is the story of the love affair of Ryan and Molly, how they fell in love and were torn apart. The first time Molly kissed Ryan, she knew that they would be together forever and six years later and thousands of kisses later, she is married to the man she loves. But today, when Ryan kisses her, Molly realises how many of them she wasted because the future holds something for them, that neither of them ever predicted.

“The First Last Kiss” is the most beautiful most love story that I have read in a while. Ryan and Mollly are the ideal couple, they compliment each other and it was obvious from the start that everyone could see that there were perfect for each other. As we are brought on the journey of their relationship with the flashbacks of Molly as the reluctant and awkward teenager and Ryan as the heartthrob of the small seaside town, we see how far that they have come in the relationship, Molly blossoming into a confident and successful photographer and Ryan, a well respected PE teacher.

With humour, love and endearment, this book was a struggle to put down and at times it literally was heartbreaking to read. First we had Emma and Dexter in David Nicholls, “One Day” and now we have Molly and Ryan, a wonderfully passionate and vibrant couple, that made me smile and cry in quick succession, with their turbulent adventure filled with ups and downs, doubts and most of all the kisses that made them a couple everyone admired. But be warned, this story will tug at the hardest of heartstrings, to be honest I think this book should come with a public service announcement “Not to be read in Public” as it reduced me to a blubbering mess on three occasions on public transport, which is not a good sight to see first thing in the morning, believe me!

With a particularly sweetly illustrated cover and written beautifully, “The First Last Kiss” is a wonderfully touching and tragic coming of age love story that will have you addicted from the very start. It may only be January but I may have already found my book of 2013. A bittersweet story about finding the one and just how easily they can slip away and how each kiss could be your last, so treasure each moment together.

You can buy The First Last Kiss on Amazon and other good bookshops.

Adorkable by Sarra Manning

Adorkable

“Adorkable” is the latest teen fiction book from Sarra Manning.

Jeane Smith is a blogger, CEO of her own lifestyle brand, has half a million Twitter followers and looks down at people that don’t share her opinion. Michael Lee is the star of the school, loved and admired by all. Jeane and Michael have absolutely nothing in common apart from their cheating exes, so why do the pair of them always end up kissing?

I loved “Adorkable”, I thought it was an adorable book, packed with sassiness and attitude I couldn’t put it down. Torn for my love of both Jeane and Michael, I couldn’t decide which one my loyalty laid with. All I wanted was for both to be happy and most importantly with each other.

As lead characters, I thought Jeane was brilliant, I loved her ego, her obnoxiousness and how if you didn’t think like her, then you weren’t even worthy to be on Twitter list. I loved her attitude towards life and found her opinions somewhat amusing and insightful that I often found myself nodding in agreement. I also found her own Adorkable brand quite inspiring and informative as I too am involved in blogging so I found her ideas and thoughts motivating. Other smaller characters throughout the story also amused me. Barney, her ginger haired ex and Scarlett, Michael’s ex who openly quakes in her boots at the merest sight of Jeane had me snorting in the bus aisles.

Although “Adorkable” is written for the teenage market, I think this book could be read by both the young and the old, because at the end of the day, no matter what age you are, you are always discovering new things about yourself.

You can buy Adorkable on Amazon and other good bookshops.