Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Winter's Wish Come True

Today I am so so excited to be part of this fabulous Blog Tour for 'A Winter's Wish Come True' by Lynsey James.  Keep reading to hear about the book, author, my review and a wonderful giveaway where you can win 1 of 3 ebook copies of the book! 
Publication date 22nd November 2017
About the book
Being pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s baby is the last thing on Cleo Jones’s Christmas wish list. Scott might have been the man of her dreams once upon a time, but things change and now Cleo faces a future as a single mum… Or does she? Scott won’t let Cleo go through this alone; whatever their differences he’s vowed to be there, from antenatal classes to night feeds and nappy changing. The two agree to bring up their baby as friends – but as Cleo’s bump grows, so do their feelings for each other. Cleo can’t be sure if it’s her heart of her hormones urging her to give Scott a second chance – but getting back together could be the best Christmas present of all!

My Review
I love the character Cleo, so I was extremely thrilled to see her return in this book.  From the last book things have moved on a good while and a lot has gone on.  Unfortunely Cleo and Scott are not together anymore and thats just so devestating because they are just destined to be together.  Thoughout the book I just wanted to bang their heads together and make them see that they are so in love with each other and get back together, they are just the perfect couple and I hated them not being together.

Parts of the book are incredibly emotional and I had tears in my eyes so many times.  You definitely need to keep the tissues handy.  

Also about halfway through the book my heart was in my mouth, I was so nervous for Cleo, I just didn't know what was going to happen.

Another thing I really loved was the 'Friends Tv Show' references, I laughed at all these bits and they really brought fun to the book.

I really think by the end of the book we see Cleo a changed woman, definitely a lot stronger and more happier and confident in herself and her life.

A Winter's Wish Come True really is a beautifully heartwarming read and I must say it has become one of my favourite reads.  From start to finish every page was just so lovely and I enjoyed everything about it.

About the Author
Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!) A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since. When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

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Giveaway
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Best Little Christmas Shop

Today I am delighted to be part of the fabulous blog tour for 'The Best Little Christmas Shop' by 'Maxine Morrey'
I am thrilled today to tell you about the book, author, and a fantastic giveaway! I am also sharing with you all a Q&A interview I had with the fabulous Maxine! 

Genre: Romantic Comedy / Fiction
Publication date 3rd November 2017

About the book 
Come home for Christmas to the Best Little Christmas Shop – the snowiest, cosiest place you can be!


Home for the holidays…


Icing gingerbread men, arranging handmade toys and making up countless Christmas wreaths in her family’s cosy little Christmas shop isn’t usually globe-trotter Lexi’s idea of fun. But it’s all that’s keeping her mind off romance. And, with a broken engagement under her belt, she’s planning to stay well clear of that for the foreseeable future…until gorgeous single dad Cal Martin walks through the door!


Christmas takes on a whole new meaning as Lexi begins to see it through Cal’s adorable five-year-old son’s eyes. But, finding herself getting dangerously close to the mistletoe with Cal, Lexi knows she needs to back off. She’s sworn off love, and little George needs a stability she can’t provide. One day she’ll decide whether to settle down again – just not yet.


But the best little Christmas shop in this sleepy, snow-covered village has another surprise in store…

My Review
That wonderful winter cover really makes you want to pick up this book and read it.  As soon as I seen it I knew I would love it.  From the very first chapter I found the book so warm and easy to read.  Each page was just delightful.  
I loved the story between Lexi and Cal, I was just willing them to get together. The perfect story, characters and location!  A great festive read! 

About the Author 
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens - perfect for a bookworm! As years went by, she continued to write, but 'normal' work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, aswell as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities. In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK's 'Write Christmas' competition with her romantic comedy, 'Winter's Fairytale'. Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read sew and listen to podcasts. As she also likes cake she can also be found either walking or doing something vaguely physical at the gym.


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My Q&A with Maxine Morrey

1. Can you tell us a wee bit about yourself?
Of course, and thanks for having me on the blog today. I’m Maxine, and I live on the south coast of England, not too far from the city of Brighton. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, on and off, depending on what life was choosing to throw around at the time. In 2015, I won the ‘Write Christmas’ competition being run by what was then Carina, with the book that would become ‘Winter’s Fairytale’. Last year I followed that up with ‘The Christmas Project’ which I was thrilled to see really taking off, getting to number 11 on the overall Kindle chart. This year I have two Christmas books out – The Christmas Holiday, and the The Best Little ChristmasShop.

When I’m not writing, I love to read, listen to podcasts, and am getting back into sewing a little more which I find very therapeutic. I also quite like cake so tend to have to factor some sort of exercise in too.


2. What inspires you when writing a new book?

Honestly, anything can inspire you. The Christmas Project came about purely because I had been attempting to declutter my own house for ages and had just begun when family illness switched my focus. I knew how keen I was to try and get my house done (fyi, it’s still not done! 😉) but I began to wonder what would happen if someone was forced into having to do it and how that would affect both the house owner, as well as the professional brought in to do the job…

3. Wheres your favourite place to read?

On holiday! Ha ha! Unfortunately I wouldn’t get a whole lot of reading done if I limited it to that though so, in lieu of travels, I tend to settle for being snuggled up on the sofa under a Liberty quilt I made previously which is super cosy.


4. What's your favourite way to spend christmas?

Just quietly really. Unlike Lexi in The Best Little Christmas Shop, I don’t have a large family – we’re all rather displaced around the world so to me, it’s lovely just to be able to get up when you feel like it, have no schedule or must do’s, and just relax doing whatever you want, whenever you want.

5. Finally whats been your favourite book this year?

Gosh, that’s a hard one – I’ve read quite a few I’ve really loved and have a tonne more to read in the pile (both physical and digital!) Am I allowed two? For festive treats, it would have to be Sarah Morgan’s ‘Moonlight Over
Manhattan’ – Harriet is probably my favourite heroine from this series so far. In the non-Christmas category, I think it will have to be ‘The Many Colours of Us’ by Rachel Burton. It’s a beautifully written debut novel and was so atmospheric and encompassing.

Giveaway - UK Only
Would you like to win A signed copy of The Christmas Project, The Best Little Christmas Shop Notebook, A box of mini gingerbread men and A chocolate teddy bear? Of course you would, go on you have got to enter this!

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Thank you so much to Maxine Morrey and Rachel's Random Resources for letting me be part of the blog tour!  Please do check out the other stops on the tour, there are some great bloggers taking part!