Blog Tour / Review: How Not To Be A Bride by Portia Macintosh

Posted October 17, 2017 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Reviews / 0 Comments

This was such a fun, humorous read, that was impossible to put down. It was such a fun easy read that I devoured the book on a train ride! Mia and Leo are completely in love, however their relationship is not the smoothest of ones. There are other things influencing their relationship, like their house, Mia’s irregular income and interfering parents.  This creates lots of laugh out moments and hilarious situations that will bring a smile to your face. Serious question though: why do you get married? And is the party the most important thing when getting married? This was my first book by Portia Macintosh and I loved every moment. I cannot wait to read her next book. If you are yet to read the wonderful Portia Macintosh, then I really recommend starting with this book. A fun, flirty read that is entertaining read from start to finish.     Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 784 other subscribers Email Address

Blog Tour: Q&A with Catherine Ferguson, Author of Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin

Posted October 16, 2017 by Charlotte in Blog Tour / 0 Comments

Today I am delighted to be hosting a Q&A with Catherine Ferguson, author of Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin.   Q&A: 1. Can you in five words describe your book to those who haven’t read it? Funny, festive, family, fabulous food! 2. Was there anything in this book that took you by surprise? There are always some plot twists that don’t reveal themselves until part way through the writing. Towards the end of Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin, I needed to move the action along but wasn’t sure how best to do this. Not wanting to give anything away, a well-known Christmas party game came to mind that solved the problem very well indeed! 3. Do you have a favourite moment in the book? There’s a moment on Christmas Day when the heroine finally stops being a mouse and roars instead. I really enjoyed writing that scene. 4. Name the best book you have read in the last year, your favourite book and the book that is currently at the top of your TBR. I recently read Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling and loved it. My favourite book is Marian Keyes’ The Other Side of the Story. And […]

Blog Tour / Guest Post: Author Note – Where are the ‘Little Cornish Isles’?, by Phillipa Ashley author of Christmas on the Cornish Isles

Posted October 14, 2017 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments
Blog Tour / Guest Post: Author Note – Where are the ‘Little Cornish Isles’?, by Phillipa Ashley author of Christmas on the Cornish Isles

So we are getting closer and closer to Christmas. Which means that there are lots and lots of lovely Chrismassy books out including Christmas on the Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley. Below Phillipa talks about her inspiration behind the ‘Little Cornish Isles’. Where are the ‘Little Cornish Isles’? The Isles of Scilly are one of my favourite places in the world – not that I’ve travelled that much of the world but I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few locations renowned for their stunning coastlines, including Grenada, St Lucia, Sardinia, Corsica and Southern Australia. There are some beautiful beaches in all of these places but I think the white sands and jewel-like seas of St Mary’s, St Martin’s, St Agnes, Tresco and Bryher are equally, if not more breathtaking, than any of those exotic hotspots. From the moment I first glimpsed Scilly from a tiny Skybus aircraft in September 2014, I was smitten. From the air, the isles look like a necklace of emerald gems fringed by sparkling sands, set in a turquoise, jade and sapphire lagoon. (Just remember that we’re in the chilly Atlantic, thirty miles west of Cornwall and that it can rain and the fog can […]

Diary of a #Cheltlitfest Volunteer Days 1-2

Posted October 9, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Diary of a #Cheltlitfest Volunteer Days 1-2

Friday 6th October So I had a gentle start to the day by not starting until 3.45pm. Meaning that after all the heavy lifting I could have a bit of a lie in.  And we got to wonder around and enjoy the site. I also went  to see Andrew Marr, who was talking about painting and how his painting style has change since his stroke. And a new way to look at art. I have to be honest his art wasn’t really my cup of tea, but others may disagree   After that I was on duty welcoming people into the Forum. First up was Miranda Hart with her new  book ‘The Girl With The Lost Smile’  who was really funny and lovely.  However I have to be honest, the chair took over the chat, she needed to ask more questions and be a bit more silent. Then we had some political talk which was interesting but I have no idea what thy were going on about. This was followed by Andy Hamilton who was so funny. Saturday 7th October So I was back in the forum for the morning. There were two political events in the morning that I didn’t sit […]

Diary of a #CheltLitFest Volunteer Days 1-2 (pre-festival)

Diary of a #CheltLitFest Volunteer Days 1-2 (pre-festival)

Hi Everyone! Before I get into the ins and outs of the festival I just wanted to have a bit of an introduction. Something I should have done a couple of days ago but oh well! So if you didn’t already know I’ve volunteered at the Cheltenham Literature Festival for three years now so I can be considered an old hand. Maybe… It’s a lot of fun and you get to meet a whole host of people (other volunteers, the event manager, the public, and a celeb writer or two), and talk books for THE ENTIRE WEEK!! So the aim of this ‘diary’ is to give you a little bit of an idea of what it is like to be a volunteer and maybe some behind the scenes gossip if you are lucky. The Last Two Days: So I arrived at the train station at about lunch time and went straight to lunch and catching up with everyone. There are so many returning faces this year and it’s a nice way to start the week. If you have never volunteered before it is  a good way to get to know everyone Then we headed off for a briefing where the […]