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Jenny T. Colgan Reveals New Book – Spandex And The City

Spandex And The CityIf you’re a fan of Jenny Colgan’s, then you’re in a for treat as she’s back with a second book in 2017 called ‘Spandex And The City’.

What the back cover says

LOCAL GIRL SWEPT OFF HER FEET

Mild-mannered publicist Holly Phillips is unlucky in love. She’s embarrassed beyond belief when the handsome stranger she meets in a bar turns out to be ‘Ultimate Man’ – a superpowered hero whose rescue attempt finds her hoisted over his shoulder and flashing her knickers in the newspaper the next day.

But when Holly’s fifteen minutes of fame make her a target for something villainous, she only has one place to turn – and finds the man behind the mask holds a lot more charm than his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Can Holly find love, or is superdating just as complicated as the regular kind?

This sounds like such a fun story!

You can pre-order Spandex and the City from Amazon and will be available to buy from 18th May 2017.

Paper Hearts And Summer Kisses By Carole Matthews

Paper Hearts And Summer Kisses‘Paper Hearts And Summer Kisses’ is the latest book by Carole Matthews.

Christie Chapman is a single working mother who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It can be tough just getting through the day but Christie has always found comfort in her love of crafting and any spare time she has is spent in her parents’ summerhouse working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed birthday cards to personalised gifts, Christie’s flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it’s not long before opportunity comes knocking. All of a sudden Christie sees a different future for her and Finn – one full of hope and possibility, and if the handsome Max Alexander is to be believed, one full of love too. It’s all there for the taking. And then, all of sudden, Christie’s world is turned upside down. Christie knows that something has to give, but what will she choose? Will she give up her dreams and the chance of real love? What price will she pay for doing the right thing?

Carole is back with another great book that kept me occupied one cold Winter evening. Her combination of a tender yet fun story with a mixture of great personalities made for enjoyable reading.

The story is seen solely through the eyes of Chrissie Chapman, a struggling single mother with a love for arts and crafts and an even bigger love for her only son Finn. She spends her days commuting and finds the days long and that the daily journeys are gradually taking their toll on her. The only time she is truly happy is when she nestled in the bosom of her small family. When the opportunities arises to showcase her talent and skills at making crafts, she jumps at the chances and dreams of nothing more than providing a safer and more secure future for her son. But as Chrissie embraces the new challenge of changing careers and meeting new people she’s suddenly faced with having to deal with an unexpected illness.

The thing that I’ve come to love with Carole’s books is that they are so easy to read, with short chapters, it takes me only a matter of minutes to settle in and enjoy the book and this book was just great. The heroine of a story is a warm and relatable character who’s priority is her son, an outspoken and sweet teenager boy, who’s battling poor health. Chrissie works hard and enjoys her job as an PA but the long commute is hard on her and she wishes nothing more than to sit in her parents sunroom and create crafts with her son and pets for company. Her sole focus is her son, but when he’s not around she misses the companionship of company so when she meets handsome American Max through her love of crafts, she enjoys the attention and flirtation of a new relationship. She’s fortunate that she has a strong bond with her parents, who are always there to lend a helping hand.

This story is lovely rags to riches story and is a true one also! It’s an inspirational tale about following your dreams and anything is possible. Packed with tender and fun moments that I found really entertaining plus having a plethora of fun and relatable characters made the book impossible to put down. With a sweet and realistic storyline, humorous and witty moments and a handsome love interest, ‘Paper Hearts And Summer Kisses’ is another delightful story from one of the nations favourite authors.

You can pre-order Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th April 2016.

Book News – My Sisters Wedding’s Wedding By Vicky Pattison

My Sisters Wedding'sFabulous book news as Vicky Pattison is back with a sweet new tale called ‘My Sister’s Wedding’.

The synopsis of ‘My Sister’s Wedding’ is –

The Ashworth sisters couldn’t be more different. Becky is focused, driven and about to marry her lovely fiancé, Daniel Balfour. Lizzie, on the other hand, bounces from one temp job to another, keeps falling for the wrong man and is a whirlwind of chaos in Becky’s otherwise well-ordered life. But they love each other fiercely and the Ashworth way has always been family comes first.

As preparations for Becky and Daniel’s wedding get underway, it soon becomes clear that the Ashworth way is not the Balfour way. Daniel’s family have never thought Becky was good enough for him but he loves her and that’s always been enough for the happy couple. But when Lizzie gets caught in the crossfire between Becky and the Balfours, Becky and Lizzie find themselves drifting apart at a time when they need each other the most. Will they be able to repair the damage before Becky walks down the aisle?

Warm-hearted, fun, witty and romantic, My Sister’s Wedding will have you crying with laughter one second, and then crying with emotion the next. It’s Vicky Pattison at her very best!

You can pre-order My Sister’s Wedding from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 15th June 2017.

Ali McNamara Releases New Book – The Summer Of Serendipity

The Summer Of SerendipityAli McNamara is back with a sweet new book called ‘The Summer Of Serendipity’.

The story of ‘The Summer Of Serendipity’ is –

One summer, property seeker, Serendipity Parker finds herself on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, hunting for a home for a wealthy Irish client. But when she finds the perfect house in the small town of Ballykiltara, there’s a problem; nobody seems to know who owns it.

‘The Welcome House’ is a local legend. Its front door is always open for those in need of shelter, and there’s always a plentiful supply of food in the cupboards for the hungry or poor.

While Ren desperately tries to find the owner to see if she can negotiate a sale, she begins to delve deeper into the history and legends that surround the old house and the town. But for a woman who has always been focussed on her work, she’s remarkably distracted by Finn, the attractive manager of the local hotel.
But will she ever discover the real truth behind the mysterious ‘Welcome House’? Or will the house cast its magical spell over Ren and help her to find true happiness?

You’ll find a warm welcome in the latest novel from Ali McNamara, bestselling author of ‘The Little Flower Shop by the Sea’ and From ‘Notting Hill with Love, Actually’.

You can pre-orderThe Summer of Serendipity from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 13th July 2017.

Lisa Dickenson

Lisa Dickenson was born in the wrong body. She was definitely meant to be Beyoncé. Despite this hardship, she grew up in Devon attempting to write her own, completely copyright-infringing versions of Sweet Valley High, before giving Wales a go for university, and then London a go for the celeb-spotting potential. She’s now back in Devon, living beside the seaside with her husband and forcing cream teas down the mouths of anyone who’ll visit. She is sadly still not Beyonce. Lisa’s first novel, ‘The Twelve Dates of Christmas’, won the Novelicious Debut of the Year award. Her second novel, ‘You Had Me at Merlot’, is out now.
Lisa Dickinson

  1. Can you tell us what your new book ‘You Had Me At Merlot’ is about?
    It’s about wine and friendship and smooching on a singles’ vineyard holiday under the hot Tuscan sunshine!
  2. To the readers of the website, can you tell us about yourself and how you got into writing?
    Of course! I’ve always loved writing, but I properly knuckled down after being shortlisted for a short story competition back in 2013. From there I got my first book deal for ‘The Twelve Dates of Christmas’, and now I spend my days loitering about by the Devon seaside, eavesdropping on conversations and making up stories about people.
  3. What’s your favourite book of all time?
    That’s so hard, but also such a good question! I’m going to go with ‘The Christmas Carol’, because I grew up loving that story, in all the forms it took.
  4. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    If it were still possible, Jackie Collins. I’ve always found her inspiring, and I bet she’d have some good gossip between book chat. Also, I’d love to have a book club with all of Fergie’s Angels (the authors my agent, Hannah Ferguson, represents) because we get on very well and I think there would be a lot of laughing!
  5. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” – ‘Rebecca’. This book is so creepy and awesome.
  6. Can you recommend a good wine?
    My fave wines at the moment aren’t very fancy ones, but there’s a red which is available in my favourite pub in the world – Dukes, in Sidmouth, Devon – and it’s called Whistling Duck. And I also love the Pink Moscato rosé by Barefoot wines – it’s a bit sweeter than your average rosé and I think it’s yummy.
  7. What has been the highlight of your career so far?
    Oh my gosh, there are so many things that I’m so amazed about and grateful for. Getting my first box of paperbacks was a big one that springs to mind. Having a review in ‘Heat’ magazine. Being given a ‘debut of the year’ award from Novelicious. Having Sphere offer me a book deal for a fourth and fifth novel… I’m a lucky girl!
  8. What’s your favourite part of the writing process?
    Two things: writing the final few chapters (this is, for me, much easier than writing the beginning, because by this point you know your characters completely), and seeing the cover.
  9. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    Something big and boring but that I should really read, such as ‘War and Peace’.
    Something fun that I already know and love, to comfort me, such as Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’.
    Something about a woman on a difficult, epic journey, to give me hope and courage!, such as ‘Wild’.

    You Had Me at Merlot

  10. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Dialogue. Dialogue makes the world go round, or at least a book come to life. I believe there should be lots of it and it should feel natural, so that’s what I’d recommend nailing.
  11. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    Husband Phil to stroke my feet.
  12. And finally Lisa, do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website
    Well, I do have a brand new Christmas novel out this Autumn, called ‘Mistletoe on 34th Street’, so if you like Merlot I DARE YOU to pre-order a copy!

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