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Cover Reveal – The Hygge Holiday By Rosie Blake

The Hygge HolidayRosie Blake is back with a fabulous new book called ‘The Hygge Holiday’

What the back cover says –

It’s autumn in Yulethorpe and everyone is gloomy. It’s cold, drizzly and the skies are permagrey. The last shop on the high street – an adorable little toy shop – has just shut its doors. Everything is going wrong for Yulethorpe this autumn. Until Clara Kristensen arrives.

Clara is on holiday but she can see the potential in the pretty town, so she rolls up her sleeves and sets to work. Things are looking up until Joe comes to Yulethorpe to find out exactly what is going on with his mother’s shop. Joe is Very Busy and Important in the City and very sure that Clara is up to no good. Surely no one would work this hard just for the fun of it?

Can a man who answers emails at 3 a. m. learn to appreciate the slower, happier, hygge things in life – naps, candles, good friends and maybe even falling in love?

The perfect recipe for hygge this autumn: make a hot chocolate, draw the curtains, snuggle under a blanket and read your way to happiness!

You can pre-orderThe Hygge Holiday from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 21st September 2017.

How To Find Your (First) Husband By Rosie Blake

How To Find Your (First) Husband‘How To Find Your (First) Husband’ is the latest book by Rosie Blake.

Isobel Graves moved to LA determined to be the Next Big Thing. Instead, she is dressed as a giant prawn handing out fliers promoting a fish market. Rather than attending glamorous parties and dating exciting men, her evenings consist of watching box sets with her sort-of boyfriend, whose idea of romance is a late-night drunken text. Where did it all go wrong? When Isobel catches sight of Andrew Parker, her childhood sweetheart, in the background of a TV news story she feels it’s a sign. If she’d stuck with Andrew everything would have turned out better. Now she just needs to find him…

Rosie Blake has returned to our bookshelves with another lighthearted story that travels around the globe with witty one liners and tales of nostalgia.

In her latest story, we meet Isobel Graves, a girl who has got over her first husband, who she married aged eight in her school playground. Years have passed and life hasn’t turned out how she wanted, she’s not a successful television presenter, instead she’s dressed in prawn costumes whilst advertising the latest bargains from the streets of LA. Tired of her life, she catches a glimpse of her first love and best friend Andrew Parker on an antiques show and she is transported back to a world, where is was at her most happiest. She ditches the costumes, plus her part time boyfriend Stewie and returns to England to find the one who got away and ends up on a adventure travelling around the world.

From the very start, this book had giggling, with lines like ‘snuffling at my neck like an excited pig” it was hard not to find this book entertaining. Isobel is a fabulous leading lady, she’s optimistic that she will find her primary school husband and that finally everything will fall into place in her life. Her quest takes her from Devon to a small island in Malaysian, where she makes new friends and burns down huts. Drama is not far from Isobel’s door and usually the drama is filled with humorous consequences.

The story is filled with comical characters, from Isobel’s laid back and hippy mother who loves gadgets to Isobel’s best friend Mel, who really gets into character when they are in costume and loves to regale Isobel with stories about her sex life. Also, the location of the story adds an element of extravagance to the lighthearted and is packed with facts and places to go, just incase the reader is looking for an adventure to some far off place. A nice addition to the story, is the inclusion of diary entries from Isobel’s childhood and gives us an insight to her relationship with Andrew.

A wittily written and fun story throughout packed with humour, awkward moments and a glorious setting, ‘How To Get Your (First) Husband’ is an entertaining read about never giving up and starting over.

You can buy How to Find Your (First) Husband from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Rosie Blake’s Writers Tips

Rosie BlakeRead, read, read. If you want to write commercial fiction I think you need to read, and love, it. Break down your favourite books. Ask why you loved certain characters, how did the author do it? Look at the structure, the amount of description and dialogue etc. You can definitely learn loads from reading other books.

How To Stuff Up Christmas By Rosie Blake

How To Stuff Up Christmas’How To Stuff Up Christmas’ is the latest book by Rosie Blake.

Eve is heartbroken after discovering her fiancé is cheating on her. Being surrounded by the joys of Christmas is more than Eve can bear, so she chooses to avoid the festivities by spending Christmas alone on a houseboat in Pangbourne. Eve gets gets an unexpected seasonal surprise when handsome local vet Greg comes to her rescue one day, and continues to visit Eve’s boat on a mission to transform her from Kitchen Disaster Zone to Culinary Queen. But where does Greg keep disappearing to? What does Eve’s best friend Daisy know that she isn’t telling? And why is there an angry goose stalking Eve’s boat?

Rosie Blake is back with another comedic, roller coaster of a story packed with tender moments, adventures on narrow boats and a hyperactive Morkie. The story is primarily seen through the eyes of Eve, a heartbroken, young woman who hasn’t quite recovered after the supposed love of her life and fiancee Liam cheated on her. Suddenly alone with a dog, that she isn’t used to, Eve dreads the Christmas particularly as her family are putting pressure on her to spend the seasonal time with them. Touched at their concern, Eve would love to be cuddled up in the family bosom but she would prefer to be alone and lick her wounds. So, in a state of anxiety, she signs herself up for a pottery course in the middle of no-where where her home for the time, is a narrowboat.

There is also the inclusion of Greg, the village vet who is admired by loved and admired by many with his kind and gentle nature. He befriends Eve, taking her under his wing and introducing her to the village and life on a narrowboat and the two of them become tentative friends, but Greg harbour a secret from Eve that prevents him from getting her too close to her even though the sweet pair have a mutual attraction towards each other.

The story is packed with deliciously, fabulous characters that really do for entertaining reading. Eve is a sweetheart, who you desperately want to have her happy ever after and find yourself urging herself on and getting out there. Her family are extremely funny, particularly her dad with his crazy clothes due to his colour blindness and her mother who is in a constant of panic. Greg is also wonderful, seeing his new friendship with both Eve and Marmite, her little Morkie dog progress, which makes for insightful reading as we see the story through his eyes. The story flows at a lovely fresh pace, with some surprising twists and turns that do make for shocking reading and laugh out loud reading.

Like Rosie’s previous book, ‘How To Get A (Love) Life’, this story is a genuinely heartwarming and festive book, that makes for the perfect book to curl up during the Christmas period. Packed with Christmas recipes that are easy to make and will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit, ‘How To Stuff Up Christmas’ is a fun and romantic tale that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

You can buy How to Stuff Up Christmas from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Rosie Blake

Rosie BlakeToday on the book tour for the release of Rosie Blake’s new ‘How To Stuff Up Christmas’, I’ve an interview with the funny lady behind this charming book.

  1. Can you tell us what your new book ‘How To Stuff Up Christmas’ is about’?
    Eve is heartbroken and desperate to escape all the Christmas cheer. Packing herself off onto a houseboat in the middle of nowhere she thinks she might achieve it. But she hasn’t counted on meeting one angry goose, a class of potters and a sexy local vet determined to teach her to cook. And it seems she might not be able to run away from everything after all…
  2. To the readers of the website, tell us about yourself and how you got into writing.
    I had been writing diaries and chain emails to friends for years. I really enjoyed it and moved onto entering short story competitions. The competitions allowed me to experiment with different writing styles and also cheered me up when I was placed. I then started writing novels. My debut ‘How To Get A (Love) Life’ was published last year and ‘How To Find Your (First) Husband’ is out in Summer 2016.
  3. What is the best thing about Christmas?
    Family – I love us all crowded round the table playing Trivial Pursuit (circa 1994 so the questions are all mad) laughing, teasing and eating Roses chocolates from the tin. Then moving through to the living room to listen to my mother’s running commentary as she watches the ‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas special (“Bates… He’s always lurking by pillars…” “That Thomas doesn’t have trustworthy eyes…” “They better not be on about bloody pigs again” etc). Perfect.
  4. If you could rewrite any book, which one would it be?
    I wouldn’t re-write them so much as make JK lengthen them. I want MORE Harry Potter woman, write MORE.
  5. What is the best thing about writing?
    So much to choose from. I think it’s trying to get someone to LOL on public transport. I want someone to be smiling as they turn the page.
  6. Out of all the books that you have written, which one is your favourite?
    THESE QUESTIONS ARE SO HARD. OK well ‘How To Stuff Up Christmas’ is definitely my cutest read – and I love the fact it is filled with simple recipes. But ‘How To Find Your (First) Husband’ out July 2016 is set on a gorgeous island and has a comedy MONKEY in it for goodness sake.
  7. Who is your favourite literary hero/heroine?
    I worship Jilly Cooper. She is simply Queen of all that is good. Characterisation, witty writing, HOT men. She rocks. I also heart some funny ladies – Kirsty Greenwood makes me LOL, as does Lisa Dickenson.
  8. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    Ooh what a fabulous idea. Rowan Coleman as she is so warm and clever, Julie Cohen as she would bring highlighters and cake, Kirsty Greenwood because she would bring the Grease 2 soundtrack, Holly Martin because she would bring wine, Kat Black because she would talk about the sexy bits, Emma Garcia because she is all the funnies, Katie Marsh as she would be organised and would have actually read the book and OH SO MANY MORE I WANT TO INVITE… X
  9. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?How To Stuff Up Christmas
    Read, read, read. If you want to write commercial fiction I think you need to read, and love, it. Break down your favourite books. Ask why you loved certain characters, how did the author do it? Look at the structure, the amount of description and dialogue etc. You can definitely learn loads from reading other books.
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which 3 books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    Gah what a question. I would take something worthy and thought-provoking, maybe ‘Sophie’s World’ so I could ponder philosophy. I would take ‘Are You Experienced’ by William Sutcliffe so I could laugh when feeling sad about being stranded and lastly maybe a colouring book to stay all zen.
  11. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    Tea. Even if I just allow it to go cold. It needs to be there.
  12. And finally, do you have any projects or releases on the horizon that you would like to share with the readers of the website?
    I’m really excited about next year and the release of ‘How To Find Your (First) Husband’. It is set in LA, Cornwall and Malaysia and I just loved writing it. There are turtles, monkeys, hot men and people dressed as prawns in it – what more could you want?

    You can buy How to Get a (Love) Life from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.