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Louise Pentland

“LouiseLouise Pentland is a lifestyle and beauty blogger, vlogger, author and fashion designer. Her two YouTube channels have a total of over 3.7 million subscribers and her debut book, ‘Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter’ was a Sunday Times best seller. 2017 sees her turn her hand to fiction writing with the release of her debut novel, Wilde Like Me. She is also a champion for Gender Equality and female empowerment and in 2016, she was named as a United Nations Change Ambassador for Gender Equality.

  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’ve always loved writing! English was my favourite subject in school, I achieved an A at GCSE despite my teacher, Ms Cramp telling me I ‘didn’t have the aptitude for the written language’. I guess my Times Number One Bestseller says differently- heh heh.

    In 2009 I began my blog ‘Sprinkle of Glitter’ and wrote articles on this regularly for many years. When books came into my life in 2015, it took a back seat for the author life but if ever I have a gap in books I’ll pick it up again. Now I love writing my books and was so proud to release my debut novel Wilde Like Me and that it got so much love from readers. I hope to write many more books in the future.

  2. What made you write female fiction?
    Pretty simply, it’s what I most love to read.
  3. You’re extremely popular on social media with over 2 million followers, how have you found social media has developed over the years?
    This is a massive question. In short, just like any industry, it has matured. It began is quite underground and mysterious, grew in following, people were frightened of it, traditional media began to understand and embrace it, corporations followed, now it’s a huge power for good (mostly). It allows us to connect and learn and progress and care. I’m excited for it’s future.
  4. What’s your favourite book of all time?
    ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ by Helen Fielding.
  5. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    I can’t say I’ve memorised any opening lines I’m afraid, and I couldn’t possibly pick if I had.
  6. Wilde Like Me

  7. What piece of advice would you offer to aspiring bloggers?
    Produce content regularly so your audience can rely on you.
    Never lie.
    There’s no point trying to copy someone else because they are already the experts in their field, be your own unique self because nobody is as good at that as you are.
  8. If you were starting your own book club, what other authors would you ask to join?
    Lindsey Kelk, Helen Fielding, Sophie Kinsella, JK Rowling,
  9. Who’s your favourite literary hero or heroine?
    Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    A book detailing how to get off the desert island with the least amount of strife.
    The Bible, because it would take me a really long time to get through it and I might find some good life answers.
    All 7 Harry Potter books for the same reason as above.
  11. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Quite simply, keep writing. Write everyday even if you think it’s rubbish. Ask people to read what you write so you become accustomed to that fear of judgement and read too. I hear a lot of people wistfully say, ‘I’d love to be able to write’ and I always reply, ‘You can, just start’.
  12. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    My laptop and no children!! Generally my cats will jump up for a cuddle because if I’m writing, my lap isn’t full of a baby or little girl and the cats take their chances where they can!
  13. And finally do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website?
    I am so excited for the release of the second book in the Robin Wilde series, called ‘Wilde About The Girl’ which is out in August. It’s my best kept secret this year because I’ve been dying to spill all the details but I won’t spoil it for you (I think my publishing team would scrap me if I did!). I can tell you though that each character progresses on their personal journey, we have life and death (woah), romance where you’d least expect it, a secret snog in a cupboard and a bunch of new characters to love or hate! It. Is. Juicy.

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You can buy Wilde Like Me from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Milly Johnson Reveals New Book – The Perfectly Imperfect Woman

The Perfectly Imperfect WomanOne of my favourite authors Milly Johnson is back with a new boo, wonderfully called ‘The Perfectly Imperfect Woman’.

What the back cover says:

Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.

But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

‘The Perfectly Imperfect Woman’ is the heart-warming and hilarious new novel from our queen of feel-good fiction – a novel of family, secrets, love and redemption … and broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it.

You can pre-order The Perfectly Imperfect Woman from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd February 2018.

The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found By Trisha Ashley

The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found‘The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found’ is the latest book by Trisha Ashley.

Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home. So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium. Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?

Trisha is back with a new romantic and whimsical tale, perfect for fans of ‘Wuthering Heights’ set against the backdrop of the blustery moors, this poignant tale is just the right mixture of romance and humour to make this a captivating story.

The story is primarily is seen through the narrative of Alice Rose, a tender hearted woman who retreats to the small village of Haworth, when she purchases a teashop on a whim, after the sudden death of her fiancee, who was killed in a cliff climbing accident. Haworth, holds a lot of old memories for Alice, it was her birth place, where her mother left her wrapped up in a sheepskin rug, only to be discovered by a local farmer. Alice, never knew her real parents and always wondered where she came from, she has many unanswered questions and hopes that setting up not only shop and home, that they will finally be answered. As, she goes about making the teashop, the best in the village, Alice is kindly helped by Nile, the local antique dealer, a handsome rogue of a man, that women flourish to including Alice, who is also reluctantly drawn to. Nile and his warm family, embrace Alice, like a long lost sister, offering her the comfort of a family bosom that she missed out on.

When she’s not setting up her teashop, Alice is busy writing her alternative fairy tales and throughout the story, there is little extracts from the tales and these make for entertaining reading and a nice distraction from the main plot line of the story. Another interesting addition in the story, is the inclusion of the perspective of Alice’s birth mother and how she ended up leaving Alice on the moors, and it is quite wonderful how cleverly the stories all weave together, coming to an joint conclusion in the end.

With a collection of vibrant and quick witted characters, there was rarely a dull moment in the story, with Alice’s sweet nature, her new friends, Nile, his sister, Bel and their mother Shelia, their scenes together make for poignant and sweet reading as Alice adjusts to her new life.

A coming of age novel, about setting up and finding your place in life, ‘The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found’, is a warm and enjoyable tale with a sweet narrative that is the perfect escapism read, filled with fancy buns, handsome men and a creative leading lady, this book is a comforting read that is ideal to curl up with.

You can pre-order The Little Teashop of Lost and Found from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 29th June 2017.

Book News – The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found By Trisha Ashley

The Little Teashop Of Lost And FoundWell loved, author Trisha Ashley is back with a new book in 2017 called ‘The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found’ and it’s got the most incredibly sweet cover.

The story of ‘The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found’ is –

Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.

So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.

Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?

Wonderfully wry, heart-warming and life-affirming, Trisha Ashley’s hilarious novel is perfect for fans of romantic comedies by Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell. And it contains recipes!

You can pre-order The Little Teashop of Lost and Found from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 1st June 2017.

Thursdays In The Park By Hilary Boyd

'Thursdays In The Park‘Thursdays In The Park’ was originally released in 2011 as an ebook and due to its phenomenal success, it’s been reissued as a book to mark its fifth anniversary.

Jeanie has been married for thirty years, but her husband George has become so cold and distant she may as well be alone. Surely, at just sixty, a loveless marriage can’t be the only thing left on the horizon? Then, one Thursday in autumn, Jeanie meets Ray in the park, and a chance meeting blossoms into a friendship. They talk, laugh, share hopes and secrets and heartbreaks.They offer each other a second chance at life and love. But will they have the courage to take it?

The story is seen solely through the eyes of Jeanie, a woman who is on the cusp of turning 60 and she’s far from wanting to slow down in life. Her marriage was fine until one day ten years ago her husband George suddenly left their bedroom without any explanation. For years, Jeanie wondered what happened between the two of them but George refuses to talk about it and is convinced that their marriage is still the same as it was. Upset and tired of being taken for granted, Jeanie stumbles upon a kind stranger in the park one Thursday when they are both out with their grandchildren. Ray helps Jeanie see the bright side of life, he helps her believe that life doesn’t end when she reaches 60 even though George thinks otherwise. The pair of them embark on a tentative friendship as they both deal with knew unexpected feeling.

Although I enjoyed this book and for the majority I found it made for pleasant reading, I did find elements of it frustrating particularly scenes with George. I found him to be a petulant and stubborn character, who treated Jeanie unfairly. He refused to tell her what changed between them that night even though he regularly proclaims declarations of love, also with calling Jeanie “old girl” all the time, I found him annoying. He thinks he knows what’s best for Jeanie and decides to uproot them to the countryside even though Jeanie is opposed to the idea.

Fortunately Jeanie finds solace in the company of little Ellie, her sweet granddaughter and her outspoken best friend Rita. Meanwhile Ray injects an element of tenderness to this tale, as he cares for Jeanie and has a genuine connection with her, he’s her escape from the unhappiness of her marriage.

Cleverly written from the beginning, this book provides a frank and honest account of when marriages become stale. ‘Thursdays In The Park’ is a poignant and lighthearted story about starting over and how life doesn’t have to end when you hit 60.

You can buy Thursdays in the Park from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.