Category: Blog Tour

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. […]

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 […]

Blog Tour / Review: One Small Thing by Erin Watts

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

Okay, first off I want to say that I really loved this book. I was invested from the start and each page made me want to read more and more.   One thing that I wasn’t super keen on was the big reveal that happened early on and the implications it had for the rest of the book. Perhaps it’s a bit harsh of me but my rating would have been higher if it wasn’t for this little detail. Despite this is you’re after a swoonsome, cute high school read, then this is pretty perfect! 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: Recipe and Review of One Summer in Italy by Sue Moorcroft

Posted May 23, 2018 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Guest Post, Reviews / 0 Comments
Blog Tour: Recipe and Review of One Summer in Italy by Sue Moorcroft

Recipe:   Levi’s Bruschetta 1 large crusty baguette 250g cherry tomatoes Half a small red onion 2 to 3 cloves of garlic Fresh basil Balsamic vinegar Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper   Coarsely chop the cherry tomatoes into around 1/8 size pieces, and finely chop the half red onion In a large bowl, add the onion and tomatoes and grate or crush the garlic over the top. Mix them all together, taking care not to break up the tomatoes too much. Drizzle olive oil and a couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar over the top. Season with salt and pepper Mix everything together and taste – add more seasoning or vinegar if necessary. Cover and refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour to allow the flavours to soak and blend together. Slice the baguette loaf diagonally into thick slices and lightly toast the slices until they are light brown on both sides. Serve the refrigerated mixture onto the toasted baguette while warm, and top with fresh basil leaves.   Review: 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 […]