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Playgroups And Prosecco Giveaway

Playgroups And ProseccoI’ve a copy of Jo Middleton’s hilarious new book called ‘Playgroups And Prosecco’ to give away to one lucky book lover.

What the back cover says –

January 3rd

Jaffa Cakes – 7. Times I was forced to watch a small child do a dance involving a dusty piece of ribbon found under the sofa – 4. Inappropriate thoughts about Zac Efron – undisclosed.

Single mum Frankie’s whole life revolves around her kids. But when your toddler has a more active social life, something has to change. Forget ‘me-time’, Frankie would settle for some adult conversation, and watching something other than the Disney channel.

The local playgroup may be ruled by Instagram mums with perfect husbands but Frankie accidentally forms a splinter group of single parents. After all, Mummy really needs a playdate of her own. (Now pass the prosecco.)

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question with leaving your in the comment box below.

Who does Frankie have inappropriate thoughts about?

The winner will be revealed on Monday 29th April. Good luck!

The Day We Met By Roxie Cooper

The Day We Met‘The Day We Met’ is the latest book by Roxie Cooper.

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie? When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything.

For me this book was a difficult story, not only was it heartbreaking, but I found myself morally conflicted about it as well.

The story is seen in alternative chapters through the eyes of Stephanie and Jamie, who meet and fall in love, even though they are both with other people. The couple then meet once a year, to catch up and with these meet ups, emotions become stronger and the couple fall more in love, even though they can’t be together.

This book troubled me, I can read about murders and I feel nothing but when I read about infidelity, I become uncomfortable and I really found that with this book. As much as I loved both Jamie and Stephanie and I wanted them to get their happy ever afters, ultimately people had to be hurt and families had to be broken up for this to happen.

Aside from this, I liked both characters and my heart went out to them, not being able to be together and how precious those short moments they have and just how much joy they can bring.

As well, as the torment of their illicit relationship, both characters have their own issues, Stephanie has never properly got over the death of her mother and finds her marriage hard work, whilst Jamie has never fulfilled his dreams of becoming an artist and feels that he’s let his wife down, living in her shadow.

A turbulent and heartbreaking story that will have you crying and laughing throughout, ‘The Day We Met’ is an emotional rollercoaster.

You can buy ‘The Day We Met ‘ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Chloe Esposito Writers Tip

“ChloeBefore putting pen to paper and writing the ‘Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know’ trilogy, Chloe Esposito was an English teacher. ‘Bad’ is the second book in the trilogy.

Today, Chloe shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.

Reading. In order to write well, you first need to read everything. Then get a writing group for regular feedback on your work.

Chloe Esposito

Chloe Esposito author photo (c) Charlie Hopkinson.jpg

    Before putting pen to paper and writing the ‘Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know’ trilogy, Chloe Esposito was an English teacher. ‘Bad’ is the second book in the trilogy.

  1. To readers of the blog who may not be familiar with you or your writing, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing.
    I have always wanted to become a novelist and used to write in secret in my spare time. When I hit 30, I suddenly became aware of my own mortality and thought, ‘S**t, I had better get on with it! It’s now or never. I enrolled on the Writing a Novel course at the Faber Academy. When I had 21 literary agents offering to represent me and my work, I realised I had to focus on writing. I was beyond delighted to quit my job as a management consultant and become a full time author.
  2. Can you tell us about you latest book ‘Bad’
    ‘Bad’ is the second book in the ‘Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know’ trilogy featuring my badass anti-heroine, Alvina Knightly. Alvie has been described as uncensored, unhinged and unforgettable and she is an evil identical twin. Bad continues where Mad left off, and follows Alvie to Rome where she embarks on a life-or-death cat and mouse chase with her hitman boyfriend, Nino. I like to think of it as an x-rated version of Finding Nemo. It is a darkly comic and sexy thriller: ‘Fleabag’ meets ‘Kill Bill’.
  3. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    I love any story that begins ‘Once upon a time…’ I was a massive bookworm as a child and love reading bedtime stories to my daughters (if they are good).
  4. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    Gillian Flynn and Stephen King. Oh and Patricia Highsmith even though she is dead (!?)
  5. If you were starting your writing journey again, would you do anything differently?
    I would start it seriously much earlier and bypass the boring years spent as a management consultant writing endless business reports.
  6. What made you write female fiction?
    Having my two daughters had made me a feminist. I wanted to write a novel with a strong, complex female character who breaks all the rules and stereotypes to prove that girls can be just as bad as the bad boys, if not more so.
  7. What’s your favourite book of all time?
    Wuthering Heights.
  8. Bad

  9. Who’s your favourite literary hero or heroine?
    Emily Brontë
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    ‘Wuthering Heights’
    The complete works of Shakespeare
    ‘The Bible’ because I have never read it and I probably should have and it’s incredible long so will keep me busy…
  11. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Reading. In order to write well, you first need to read everything. Then get a writing group for regular feedback on your work.
  12. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    My laptop. I am pretty low maintenance.
  13. And finally do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the of the website?
    I am writing ‘Dangerous to Know’ at the moment and am really excited about how the Alvina Knightly trilogy will end! I am also very excited about the movie of ‘Mad’, which is currently in production at Universal Studios!

Follow Chloe Esposito on Twitter Chloe Esposito for updates.

You can buy Bad from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Things Bright And Beautiful By Anbara Salam

Things Bright And Beautiful‘Things Bright And Beautiful’ is Anbara Salam’s debut novel.

Advent Island is a place beyond the reaches of Bea’s most fitful imaginings. It’s not just the rats and the hordes of mosquitos and the weevils in the powdered milk. Past the confines of their stuffy little house, amidst the damp and the dust and the sweltering heat, rumours are spreading of devil chasers who roam the island on the hunt for evil spirits. And then there are the noises from the church at night. Yet, to the amusement of the locals and the bafflement of her husband, Bea gradually adapts to life on the island. But with the dreadful events heralded by the arrival of an unexpected, wildly irritating and always-humming house guest, Advent Island becomes a hostile place once again. And before long, trapped in the jungle and in the growing fever of her husband’s insanity, Bea finds herself fighting for her freedom, and for her life.

As a debut, this book was certainly a strong and interesting one, but it was also a book that I sometimes struggled with. I initially found it difficult to get into, only because I wasn’t sure of the location or the time era that the book was set in but once I did, I found it to a compellingly claustrophobic and eerie story where nothing is what it seems.

Set against the backdrop of Advent Island, a remote island in the Pacific, the story is seen from the perspective from different characters, but primarily seen from Max and Bea, two newcomers to the island, where Max has taken up the position of Pastor and Bea, is his wife as they adjust to their new lives.

I really liked Bea, she was a strong woman, who gave up her life in America to follow her husband, she adapted to her new life with no complaint, living in dirt, little food and spent most of her time alone whilst Max was delivering his religious messages. Max, I found less interesting, as he struggled to fit into the small village and be respected, especially with Marietta, a woman who was always questioning his beliefs and thoughts.

The story is beautifully written and written in such descriptive detail, that you almost felt you were in the forests with the characters. Riddled with mystery and intrigue throughout, this story deals with the complexities of relationships, religion and culture, ‘Things Bright And Beautiful’ is an atmospheric story that transports the reader into another world.

You can buy Things Bright and Beautiful from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.