Monday, 20 May 2013
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
For now, I just wanted to share with you an exclusive extract from THE DATING GAME, which is featured on Joanna Maz's blog today. Enjoy!
And just a sneak preview, there will be more bloggy stuff from 20th May onwards - so keep your eyes peeled!
In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts
Friday, 29 March 2013
So, no better way to celebrate this than by interviewing an author whose books I have greatly enjoyed, Alice Peterson.
I recently read Ten Years On and loved it. What gave you the idea of removing one of the key characters so early on and was this always the way you intended to start it?
Townie or country girl?
Final final note from Sooz - Alice's latest book, By My Side is out in paperback on July 18th
Back when I have some more time! Wish me luck! Sooz
Friday, 22 March 2013
I've been looking forward to having this author on the blog, this week in the form of a review and next week we'll see her interview!
For now, here's the blurb for Ten Years On.
Rebecca is happily married to Olly and content with her job at a glamorous London art gallery. But when tragedy strikes, she decides to move back to her childhood home in the country, hoping time will help her to heal. Joe, born in the same country town as Rebecca, had a falling out with her a decade earlier. Now he's the successful owner of a wine bar, Maison Joe, and is breaking local hearts by dating a striking actress, Peta. Rebecca finds living with her parents again a challenge. Nor is it easy to discover that Joe lives and works too close for comfort. When she sees him once more, memories rush back to haunt her, along with unanswered questions about the past. Why did they lose touch? What was Olly hiding? Can Rebecca answer those questions and move on?
Sad, heart-wrenching and optimistic
I had previously read Alice's Monday to Friday Man and really enjoyed it and I had been wanting to read this one for a while. I raced through this book. Although the subject matter is different, it tugged at the heartstrings in the same way that Jojo Moyes' Me Before You did. I felt the relationships between Olly and Rebecca, Rebecca and Joe and Joe and Olly were very well dealt with indeed. But always there was an undertone of why did they fall out? Why didn't they see each other for more than 10 years? The author did well to keep this from us until more than half way through the book, and it keeps us reading. Rebecca confides in her friend her difficulty in seeing Joe after all this time, but is persuaded to apply for a job in his wine bar. As they get closer, the past is finally addressed. Lots of misunderstandings are righted and they both realise that over the years their perceptions have been wrong. Rebecca hears Olly talk to her, giving her advice and chatting to her from far away.
I also liked the little old lady who went on the wine course and the valuable advice she could give to Rebeccca, even about love. Can the three main characters learn to forgive and move on?
This novel is an easy read, which pulls you in and doesn't let go until the last page. I will be downloading Alice's other books soon - I already downloaded By My Side for World Book Day. Very impressed with Ten Years On - it didn't feel like just regular chicklit but had some life lessons to teach us and dealt very well with the topic of grief.
To get your copy of Ten Years On - http://amzn.to/WAZzLV (UK) & http://amzn.to/15XPFGW (US)
Monday to Friday Man - http://amzn.to/WAZCHq (UK) & http://amzn.to/15lEs0y (US)
You can also get Alice's books in paperback from Amazon and from the following sources:-
Have a great weekend everyone!
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
It's snowing! Can't go out as no longer have any trousers which are fit for this weather and also fit me - downside of being heavily pregnant, I suppose!
Anyway, Laura Lovelock Book Reviews contacted me on Friday to see if she could review my books. She devoured them both over the weekend and also asked me a few questions. Here's the result! Enjoy!
Oh and check in tomorrow, to see who won the Lucky in Love Blog Hop prizes
And we're back on Friday with my book review of Alice Peterson's Ten Years On
Stay safe and warm!
Friday, 15 March 2013
So to celebrate the blog hop, I have a special short post for you in being lucky (or not!) in love.
(Pls note the swag prize is US only - costs a fortune to ship it even within the US, never mind internationally!)
To be in with a chance of winning, simply use the Rafflecopter form below and be sure to leave a comment on the blog, including your email address, so the blog organiser can contact you if you win.
To win an ecopy of SIGN OF THE TIMES, you can enter as many ways as you like, and can also enter each day for some options. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And to visit all the other excellent blogs, hop over after 3pm GMT (10am EST) to
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Ah, I'm feeling soooo much better this week - I'm actually getting some sleep - thank God!
Today I am delighted to introduce you to author Nicky Wells, who has given some very candid answers to my probing questions! Enjoy!
Sophie's Run - http://amzn.to/WOB62v (UK) & http://amzn.to/12yZ4qj (US)