Author: Charlotte

Blog Tour / Guest Post: – Working at Home without Going Mad by Fiona Gibson, author of The Mum Who Had Enough

Posted July 7, 2018 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments

It’s been 21 years since I had a workplace to go to. I can hardly believe it’s been so long. I can always go back to an office, I kept thinking at first, if it all gets too much. In fact, I fully expected to. From my late teens through to my early thirties I’d worked in magazine offices in Dundee and London, and many of those former workmates are still my best friends. I loved office life. Why would anyone choose to work from home with only the biscuit tin for company?   I’d only chosen to go freelance after becoming a mum to twins. It just seemed like an easier, more flexible way of managing work and parenthood. However, once I’d adjusted, I discovered it has a ton of other advantages too. Yes, it’s a precarious way to earn a living – and can get lonely – but on the positive side there’s no sweaty commute or office politics to negotiate.   Here’s what I’ve learnt about working on home turf – and how not to go mad in the process…   There will always be reasons not to work. Eg, you fancy a nap or a snack. […]

Monthly Round-Up! June 2018

Posted June 30, 2018 by Charlotte in Monthly Round-up! / 0 Comments

Monthly feature, linking everything that has happened in the last month, posted on the last day of said month. Currently reading: Reviews: Blog Tours: Bookish Gossip: Book vs. Film: Pastime Pleasures: Through the Letterbox: Challenges: As per usual I’m participating in the Goodreads Challenge.   Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 801 other subscribers Email Address

Review: The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin

Posted June 29, 2018 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin

Holly is back with a cracker of a book with The Holiday by the Sea – filled with amazing countryside, swoonsome moments and hilarious scenes this is one book that you do not want to miss out on. While you know where this story is going, I loved being taken on the journey with Tori and Aidan. They both have some hilarious banter that will cause you to giggle. Out loud. I love reading a Holly Martin book – its like the start of summer is finally real. They are always a joy to read. They make me laugh, cry and swoon over every page. This was a fab start to this series, and I cannot wait to meet everyone again. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 801 other subscribers Email Address

Blog Tour / Guest Post: What I really think about writing groups…by Sophie Jenkins, author of Forgotten Guide to Happiness

Posted June 25, 2018 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments

In The Forgotten Guide to Happiness, Lana Green, the main character, becomes a tutor at a writing group, and it’s a situation that appeals to me because I know plenty about them. Writing groups are brilliant and wherever I’ve lived, I’ve made sure I belong to one. But I’ve never taught a writing group. It’s my biggest nightmare and it was very easy to imagine what I’d be like if I had. The complete lack of authority, the wild optimism, the arguments… and when it all seems to be getting out of hand, looking hopefully up at the clock only to see that time has stopped. Being a published writer is a weirdly exalted position and Lana feels she deserves some adulation from the students. You can’t believe your luck, that’s what it feels like, even though being a novelist involves hard work, long periods of time living in your own head, and a stubborn case of perseverance. But once you’ve got a book on a shelf you feel totally vindicated. So Lana sees herself as a guru who is going to nurture the creative powers of the students at the London Literary Society, but instead she finds herself with […]