Category: Blog Tour

Blog Tour / Guest Post – ‘My Ideas’ by Maddie Please author of A Year Of New Adventures

Posted February 22, 2018 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments

Today I’m super exciting to welcome to the blog, Maddie Please, author of A Year of New Adventures with a post about her ideas My ideas It’s the usual question that most writers are asked. Where do you get your ideas? Where do I get mine? The answer is there are ideas everywhere. In newspapers, on social media, in everyday life, gossip heard on the bus or at work. My debut, The Summer of Second Chances came from a writing retreat in Cornwall when we were enjoying an excellent plotting workshop with Chris Manby. In a couple of hours the whole thing was plotted out, the hive mind of the group provided the names for my main characters and a working title and the structure of the plotting grid meant that I knew for the first time where events needed to take place in order to move the story forward. That didn’t mean the plot couldn’t change, it just gave a structure that kept me writing. My second book A Year of New Adventures was the result of a ‘what if?’ moment. I run writing retreats with my best friend Jane (The Place to Write) and I wondered what would […]

Blog Tour / Guest Post: “So what’s your favourite city in the whole world?” by Claudia Carroll, author of Our Little Secret

Posted February 18, 2018 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments

So today, I’m super excited to have on the blog the incredible Claudia Carroll, author of Our Little Secret talking about her favourite city in the world. Claudia’s Words: So what’s your favourite city in the whole world? Without a doubt, mine is New York City or to be more specific, Manhattan. I first started going there when I was a teenager with my parents; my Dad used to do the NYC marathon and we’d all loyally troop over to support him. Anyway, New York in the dim, distant late 80’s was a very different place to how it is now. It was pre-Giuliani and crime really was rife. I remember our tour group leader even warning us not to wear rings on the street, as if a mugger targeted you, apparently they’d just chop your finger off to get at the ring. Delightful. But in spite of the element of danger hanging over the whole city back then, I still fell in love with the place. The energy, the buzz, that feeling of being right in the epicenter of the whole world. Factor in the skyscrapers, the beauty of Central Park and of course the fabulous shopping, and I […]

Blog Tour / Review: The Waking Lands by Callie Bates

Posted February 11, 2018 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Reviews / 3 Comments
Blog Tour / Review: The Waking Lands by Callie Bates

The first thing that caught my eye, was the stunningly cover. A girl stepping into a fairyland. I did that thing wher you judge a book by its cover. And this cover was telling me to READ THE BOOK. So I did, and it is one of my best decision. This is the first book that I have read, after being on a book reading ban due to having exams at the beginning of the month.  And, let me tell you, it reaffirmed why I love to read. The Waking Lands is an enchanting tale set in a world where loyalty is easily lost, politics is blurred and there’s an on going war. There’s also magic, love and Elanna’s journey to reach her potential. So you know straight away that this is going to be an epic tale. This is a captivating read, one that I know I will want to reread again again. I’m so excited that this is a series because I honestly do not know what I would do if it was a standalone. If you are after an epic, romantic fantasy adventure then I promise that’s this is the book for you. Subscribe to Blog via […]

Blog Tour / Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Posted February 1, 2018 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Reviews / 1 Comment
Blog Tour / Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

My initial thoughts on this book was that it sounded interesting but that it wasn’t going to  go anywhere. After all it seemed to be all about changing your appearances. How wrong could I be. This was an addictive, exciting, thrilling ride. That had me hooked from page one and had me begging for more at the end. This is a book that I am truly excited about. The twists and turns, the plot and the people were so unexpected, so vibrant and so deadly I cannot actually describe what made this book so good. It did start off a bit slow, but the world was so richly detailed that it didn’t matter, and it seemed clear from the start that this was set out to be a series. It reminded a bit of a beautiful Hunger Games, along with The Selection series. Everything is a game and beauty is a commodity. The Belles have the power to make people beautiful but is everything they do exactly as it seems. And why does it feel that so many truths have been hidden from them. Camellia is our main Belle, she has always dreamed of being the palace favourite, the one […]

Blog Tour / Guest Post: “Writing Gwendolynn McBride (Or: A man writing a woman’s perspective” by Tyrell Johnson, author of Wolves of Winter

Posted January 6, 2018 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 2 Comments
Blog Tour / Guest Post: “Writing Gwendolynn McBride (Or: A man writing a woman’s perspective” by Tyrell Johnson, author of Wolves of Winter

Writing Gwendolynn McBride (Or: A man writing a woman’s perspective) If you’d pardon the phrase, and the irony, this took some balls! What do I know about the way a woman thinks and acts? How can I create a believable, intriguing, relatable, female character, having experienced this world as a man? Whether or not I did this successfully is up to the readers, but the way I set about to do this was three-fold: 1. Have Help 2. Cheat 3. Empathize. First and foremost, I definitely had help. My first reader of anything I write is my wife. She was an excellent critic and sounding board for whether or not my character was believable. Additionally, my agent is a brilliant female reader, who gave an enthusiastic thumbs up. And, finally, I had two fabulous editors, a man and a woman, to provide the perfect balance. So as much as Gwendolynn McBride is a creature of my imagination, she’s been carefully nurtured to life by a team of both men and women. Secondly, I cheated. And it was pretty simple. In the novel, I wanted the father/daughter relationship to be important. Because of this, Lynn idealizes her father and, in many […]