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Chasing The Sun Book Tour – How To Survive A Girly Holiday

Katy CollinsOn the book tour for Katy Collins’ new book, ‘Chasing The Sun’, Katy gives us top tips to help us survive a girly holiday without the drama!

Your gal pals know you better than you know yourself so can make the perfect partner-in-crime travel buddies. As much as I enjoy travelling solo I also love that when you jet off with someone else you get to share all stories and the memories. Here are my top tips for making the most of your precious time away to maximise that incredible girl power:

#Sharingiscaring – If you’re travelling in a big group then take it in turns to be the leader, don’t just lump it all on one poor sod to be in charge of booking the accommodation, finding nice places to eat, managing the finances and sorting out cheap flights. No-one should be forced to play mum.

#Waterbabies – No doubt your liver will take a beating whilst you’re away, whenever I hang out with my friends I can guarantee that a bottle of vino won’t be far away. From a swift drink at the airport, a miniature vodka and coke on your early flight, to tracking down the nearest bar before you’ve had time to unpack will probably be how you start and mean to go on. However, don’t be the party pooper that peaks too soon, stay hydrated, try to alternate water with every round and remember stamina is the key here.

#Gowiththeflow – It’s good to have an idea of the places you’d like to visit and the things you’d like to see but don’t follow some ridiculous to-the-minute itinerary that leaves you stressed, knackered and rushing about like a blue-arsed fly in order to tick them off your over-organised list.

#Moneytalks – It might be wise to organise a kitty when going on a night out and being upfront about how much everyone has budgeted for the trip so you don’t blow it all on some fancy bar on the first night and leave those with less cash feeling inferior and stretched to the max.

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#Independentladies – Is there something you really fancy doing whilst you’re away but have received an overwhelming not a chance from your mates? Remember that you don’t need to do the same thing together every single moment of every day. Obviously it’s nice when you all have similar interests but it doesn’t often work like that. Why not look at each planning an activity so everyone gets to try new things?

#Whatgoesontourstaysontour – Don’t tag your mates in embarrassing photos that could come back to haunt them and don’t bring up that incident once you’re back on home ground in front of their mum or boyfriend. Look after each other, stay safe and remain as thick as thieves.

#Getitoffyourchest – Following on from the last tip; don’t bottle up any bad feelings. If others are doing your head in then either distance yourself a little or have a chat about why them not pulling their weight is irritating you. You’re here to enjoy yourself not slag each other off.

#R.E.S.P.E.C.T – Rowdy stag do’s get a bad reputation but gangs of loud mouthed girls-on-tour or hen do’s can be just as annoying to everyone else apart from you. Don’t be a dick on the flight, don’t ruin other people’s holidays by insisting you’re the next Beyonce on karaoke and don’t trash your hotel leaving the poor cleaners to wipe up your lurid fishbowl coloured vomit. It ain’t big and certainly ain’t pretty.

#Avoidburnout – Eat well, drink plenty of water, slather yourself in sun cream and try to get enough kip. You may think you can follow the mantra ‘go big or go home’, however your home may be calling faster than you realise if you do go all out and collapse with fatigue or liver failure.

#BFF – Gossip away, take millions of selfies (duck pouts and all), perfect your tan and make memories that will have you chuckling to yourself months later. The most important thing is to enjoy all this time you’ve got together, it’ll be over before you know it so make every ruddy fun second count.

You can buy Chasing the Sun from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Jenny Sparrow Knows The Future By Melissa Pimental

Jenny Sparrow Knows The Future‘Jenny Sparrow Knows The Future’ is the latest book by Melissa Pimental.

According to the plan Jenny made at thirteen, it’s time for her to get married. But when her boyfriend proposes a break instead of a wedding, a girls’ weekend in Vegas is the only solution . . . until she wakes up in a stranger’s bed, and discovers that this is the year she gets married – to the wrong man. Jenny wants a quick divorce and her old boyfriend back. But what if her accidental husband has other ideas?

I’ve become quite a fan of Mellissa Pimentel, after reading her previous book, ‘The One That Got Away’. Her writing is sharp and witty and touches on real life issues such as the pressure that women have to deal with such as marriage and children.

In this story, we meet Jenny, who’s life is pretty much dictated by a list, she and her best friend Isla made when they were teenagers. In this list, they were intending to achieve goals by certain times in their lives, although, Isla gave up on the list and achieved her one item on the list of becoming a surgeon, Jenny has lived her life around it. And when Christopher, her long term boyfriend doesn’t propose on her 31st birthday, Jenny feels immense pressure and that time is running out. So, she seizes Isla’s offer of a weekend in Las Vegas as an distraction. It’s there that we meet Jackson Gaines, a handsome and warm character who Jenny marries whilst drunk and has no idea until Jackson turns up in London reminding her of that ill fated night and promises that if she spends the week with him, that he will grant her a divorce.

I loved this book and consumed it in a day, with its bright cover, the book was a fun distraction from start to finish.

Jenny is an interesting character, her childhood was far from normal and she seems to rely on the list to help her get through her life. She’s fun but settled in her relationship but craves more and when Christopher doesn’t propose, she fears for the worst.

I absolutely loved her adventure in Las Vegas and found her relationship with her best friend Isla, truly entertaining and fun. Isla was a great character, she’s rude, outspoken and brings a brash side to the soft tale. I found myself sniggering away through the story.

Like Jenny, it was hard not to fall for Jackson, with his handsome looks and old fashioned Texan charm, he brought a touch of charisma to the story.

If you loved ‘The Hangover’ and were fans of ‘Bridesmaids’, then this boisterous tale is just for you. Packed with crude humour, fantastic friends and plenty of one-liners, ‘Jenny Sparrow Knows The Future’ is a witty and fast paced story about the pressures of life, dating and sometimes it’s best not to always follow a list. Perfect for fans of Linsey Kelk.

You can buy Jenny Sparrow Knows the Future from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

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.

Giveaway – Happy People Read And Drink Coffee By Agnes Martin-Lugand

Happy People Read And Drink CoffeeToday on the website, I’ve a copy of Agnes Martin-Lugand’s new book, ‘Happy People Read And Drink Coffee’ to give away to one lucky person.

What the back cover says

Diane, owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a cosy coffee shop turned library in Paris, seems to have the perfect life. But when she suddenly loses her husband and daughter in a car accident, her life is overturned and the world as she knows it disappears. Trapped by her memories, Diane closes her shop and retreats from friends and family.

One year later, she moves from Paris to a small town on the Irish coast, determined to heal by rebuilding her life alone, without anyone’s help or pity – until she meets Edward, a handsome and moody Irish photographer. Along windy shores and cobbled streets, Diane falls into a surprising and tumultuous romance. As she works to overcome her painful memories, Diane and Edward’s once-in-a-lifetime connection inspires her to love herself and the world around her with new-found inner strength and happiness.

But will it last when Diane leaves Ireland, and Edward, for good?

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question.

What is Edward’s occuptation?

Leave your answer in the comment box below by Monday 10th April? Good luck.

My Not So Perfect Life By Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life‘My Not So Perfect Life’ is the latest book by Sophie Kinsella.

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they? Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business. Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems. And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

I’ve been a fan of Sophie’s books for years, one of her books ‘Can You Keep A Secret’ is one of my favourite books, so when I received a copy of ‘My Not So Perfect Life’ I was eager to delve in and see what Sophie’s latest book had to offer.

In this book, we meet Katie/Cat, a young woman who has moved from the wild countryside to the bright lights of London, hoping for a successful career in marketing but there’s one snag, her job hasn’t turned out as her expected, low income, huge pressure and a demanding boss, Cat’s life is far from the perfection she posts on Instagram. But, when she’s suddenly let go, Cat’s world falls apart and she finds herself in limbo. Unsure of what to do next, she returns home to her father and stepmother, claiming she’s on a sabbatical and ends up using her skills and talents to help her parents create the perfect glamp site and her wealth of knowledge makes the site a huge success but when her boss Demeter turns up, sampling the delights of Ansters Farm Country Retreat, Cat has to pretend to be someone else so her parents don’t find out she has lost her job, but she can use it all to her advantage as she treats Demeter to some new upcoming exercises and activities to avenge her redundancy.

I absolutely loved this book, it was the perfect book to curl up with. The story has a wonderfully warm and relatable lead that made reading this story so enjoyable.

The story is primarily seen through the narrative of Cat/Katie, a young woman following a dream, working for an enviable company that many people would love to work for. Her boss Demeter, is ditsy but she’s sharp and sees what’s on trend and Cat hopes that she can catch Demeter’s attention with her ideas but sadly that doesn’t work when Cat is dealt a bitter blow with being let go. Instead of crying into her porridge, she sees it as an opportunity to prove her potential with the set up of her parents glamp site.

I thought Cat as an inspirational young woman, she’s determined, driven and wants nothing more than to work in the creative field and uses her redundancy as a positive instead of a negative. But like any other human being, when she sees the opportunity to get back at Demeter for firing her, she seizes it with entertaining and funny results.

The book is filled with many fun and lovely characters, Cat’s father regularly has quick fire business ideas that often end in disaster, but with Cat’s help is proving to be a success, whilst Demeter is also showing that her life is also far from perfect. Portraying the glamorous and ideal life in the office, it’s a different story when she turns up to the farm with a distracted husband and two sully children. In these scenes, I felt a sympathy towards Demeter as she struggled to fit in and deal with the drama around her. Alex plays the handsome lead in the story, a charismatic and influential young man who Cat finds herself drawn to.

A fun and engaging story that made for delicious reading, filled with relatable characters and hilarious scenarios, I couldn’t put it down. A fresh story that truly is Sophie at her very best, with laugh out loud moments and a fabulous leading lady, ‘My Not So Perfect Life’ is the perfect pick me up book that proves that with a bit of creativity and hard work, dreams can come true.

You can buy My Not So Perfect Life and is available to buy from good bookshops.