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Book News – Big Sexy Love By Kirsty Greenwood

Big Sexy LoveDeliciously exciting news as Kirsty Greenwood is returning to our bookshelves in June with her new book called ‘Big Sexy Love’

What the back cover says

Olive Brewster is a scaredy cat. She doesn’t do new or risky. 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, 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…

Get ready to laugh your socks off with this standout romantic comedy, bursting with get-the-giggles moments, heart-melting romance and characters you’ll never forget!

You can pre-order Big Sexy Love from Amazon and will be available to buy for only £2.99 from 29th June 2017.

Kirsty Greenwood’s Writers Tips

Kirsty Greenwood
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.
Kirsty Greenwood

The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance By Kirsty Greenwood

'The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance‘The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance’ is the latest book by Novelicious creator, Kirsty Greenwood.

Jessica Beam is one hot mess. She knows how to have fun (cider, men and the snooze button usually have something to do with it) but lately she’s been forgetting how to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Suddenly finding herself out of a job, out of luck with her friends and thrown out of her flat, she tracks down her only family: her grandmother, in Kensington. She’s never met Matilda Beam before but hungover beggars can’t be choosers. Things aren’t going quite so well for Grandma, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage is staggering and her granddaughter apparently wears neon Wonderbras. But when a publisher throws them a lifeline – a new contract if they can prove the Good Woman guides still work – Jess and Matilda have to work together if they want a roof over their heads. Changing modern party girl Jess into a refined vintage lady is no mean feat and the true test of their makeover will be capturing the heart of snobby London playboy Leo Frost. It’s going to take dedication, a seriously pointy bra and nerves of steel to pull it off . .

This is Kirsty’s second book and it was an absolutely delicious story that was glued to my hand for a day. The lead character Jessica Beam, is a fun loving character who doesn’t have much responsibilities in life, she writes the content for her best friends website and enjoys nothing more than having a drink with her girls. But when it all goes wrong and she finds herself jobless and homeless, she goes in search of her only living relative and that is her grandmother Matilda Beam. Matilda Beam, is an elegant and classy lady who lives way beyond her means in her fancy house with her American assistant Peach, a sweet and innocent girl who Jess fully intends to take under her wing and corrupt in a good way. When Matilda initially meets her grand daughter, she is shocked by her outspoken behaviour, coarse language and lack of concern for others, but when she realises just how unladylike she is, Matilda suggests her granddaughter helps her revive her Good Guides handbook and transform her rebellious granddaughter into a lady whilst catching the attention of one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors Leo Frost who Jessica has a bit of a hatred for. If Jessica can successfully catch Leo’s eye using the tips from her grandmothers book then a top publisher will reissue the books and her grandmother will be able to keep her house.

The story flows entirely through the narrative of Jessica and she really is a ray of sunshine with her colourful language, dress sense and attitude towards life. Her interactions between her grandmother and herself are delightfully entertaining, as she brings her grandmother into the present day and shows her the gadgets and trends that are taking over. The scenes between Jess and Leo are also great, as we see her transport fluidly from her loud and brash self into a complete lady. Another delicious character is Jamie, the doctor who leaves downstairs and has also caught Jess’s eye, the scenes with the two of them really cracked me up.

An interesting addition is the inclusion of chapters of diary entries from Jessica’s mother who tragically passed away leaving behind many unanswered questions and also shows that Jessica wasn’t the only wildcard of the family.

This story is a fabulous one and guaranteed to pick you up after a rough day, filled with one liners, awkward moments, tips to snare you dream man, ‘The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance’ is a coming of age Bridget Jones story with a leading lady who I wish was my best friend.

You can buy The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

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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Handwritten Girl Takes Part In The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance Book Tour

I am excited to be part of the book tour for the release of Kirsty Greenwood’s new book, ‘The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance’. Check out Handwritten Girl on Sunday 12th April to read an my interview with the lovely lady herself.

The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance Book Tour