Thursday, 31 March 2016

Review | The Summer I Met You ~ Victoria Walters


It wasn't love at first sight. It was a summer of love...

When Emma leaves her Cornish hometown of Talting for a summer in Devon, the last thing she dreams of is falling in love.

But sometimes the people who affect us the most come along when we least expect it.
As the summer comes to the end, will it herald the start of something that could last for ever?
Oh my... this book...
OK I'm calling it a book but in reality its a short story, so short in fact that it took me just 50 minutes to read it. It might be short but it is ever so sweet.
Firstly I guess it's wise to point out that The Summer I Met You is a prequel short story to Victoria Walters' full d├ębut novel, The Second Love of My Life, which is published exactly ONE week today - April 7th. 
The Summer I Met You introduces us to some of the characters I'm sure will pop up in The Second Love of My Life, but primarily focuses on Emma and John and is told in the first person from Emma's perspective. 
Emma has had her heart broken before and so understandably is wary of meeting someone new. Her main goal this summer is to spend time with her cousins Amy and Lucy and to have fun celebrating Amy's birthday - so with that in mid she packs up her car and leaves her beloved home in the Cornish village of Talting and heads to Devon.
The last thing Emma expected to do was save someone's life on the first day... or save that life with the help of John. Instantly the pair are attracted to each other and but with Emma leaving in six weeks to return to Cornwall and John leaving to pursue his studies and life in London, the pair are left facing the prospect of a 'holiday romance'. It quickly becomes clear it is more than that and decisions are left to be made. The story cleverly and fluently alternates between Now and Then chapters - the Now being Emma arriving back to Cornwall after her summer away and the Then telling us the story of how her and John met.
The Summer I Met You is a glorious short story of love and friendship and gives an insight to the settings of The Second Love of My Life too. Victoria's writing style completely captivated me and has left me with a need to read the full book - lucky me having an advance copy to go and devour right now!!
From the synopsis, I believe The Summer I Met You can be read as a standalone but why would you do that when its only 99p and is utterly delicious? Plus... Just look at the cover, isn't it beautiful and summery? How can you resist?!
If I was you I would grab a copy of The Summer I Met You now and whilst it's downloading to your devices, pre -order The Second Love of My Life, which you can locate here.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Excerpt | Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold ~ Iain Reading

Today I'm bringing you an extract from the latest book from Iain Reading..

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations. 

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves. 

There are currently five books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (book 1), Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (book 2), Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (book 3), and Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (book 4), and Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (book 5). Each book can be read as a standalone.

“In the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series the heroine finds herself in a new geographic location in each book. The series will eventually have a total of 13 books in it (maybe more) and her flight around the world will be completed in the end,” says Iain. “The books are sequential but one could definitely read any of the later ones before reading the earlier ones.”

For more information, go to

About the Author:

Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to

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Back Where The Entire Adventure Began

As soon as the engine began to sputter, I knew that I was in real trouble. Up until then, I had 
somehow managed to convince myself that there was just something wrong with the fuel gauges. 
After all, how could I possibly have burnt through my remaining fuel as quickly as the gauges 
seemed to indicate? It simply wasn't possible. But with the engine choking and gasping, clinging 
to life on the last fumes of aviation fuel, it was clear that when the fuel gauges read, "Empty," 
they weren't kidding around.

The lightning strike that took out my radio and direction-finding gear hadn't worried me all 
that much. (Okay, I admit it worried me a little bit.) It wasn't the first time that this had happened 
to me, and besides, I still had my compasses to direct me to where I was going. But I did get a 
little bit concerned when I found nothing but open ocean as far my eyes could see at precisely 
the location where I fully expected to find tiny Howland Island—and its supply of fuel for the 
next leg of my journey—waiting for me. The rapidly descending needles on my fuel gauges made 
me even more nervous as I continued to scout for the island, but only when the engine began to 
die did I realize that I really had a serious problem on my hands.

The mystery of the disappearing fuel.
The enigma of the missing island.
The conundrum of what do I do now?

"Exactly," the little voice inside my head said to me in one of those annoying 'I-told-you-so' 
kind of voices. "What do you do now?"
"First, I am going to stay calm," I replied. "And think this through."
"You'd better think fast," the little voice said, and I could almost hear it tapping on the face 
of a tiny wristwatch somewhere up there in my psyche. "If you want to make it to your twentieth 
birthday, that is.  Don't forget that you're almost out of fuel."
"Thanks a lot," I replied. "You're a big help."
Easing forward with the control wheel I pushed my trusty De Havilland Beaver into a 
nosedive. Residual fuel from the custom-made fuel tanks at the back of the passenger cabin 
dutifully followed the laws of gravity and spilled forward, accumulating at the front and allowing 
the fuel pumps to transfer the last remaining drops of fuel into the main forward belly tank. This 
maneuver breathed life back into the engine and bought me a few more precious minutes to 
ponder my situation.

"Mayday, mayday, mayday," I said, keying my radio transmitter as I leveled my flight path out 
again. "This is aircraft Charlie Foxtrot Kilo Tango Yankee, calling any ground station or vessel 
hearing this message, over."
I keyed the mic off and listened intently for a reply. Any reply. Please? But there was nothing. 
There was barely even static. My radio was definitely fried.
It was hard to believe that it would all come down to this. After the months of preparation 
and training. After all the adventures that I'd had, the friends I'd made, the beauty I'd 
experienced, the differences and similarities I'd discovered from one culture to the next and from 
one human being to the next. All of this in the course of my epic flight around the entire world.
Or I should say, "my epic flight almost around the entire world," in light of my current 

And the irony of it was absolutely incredible. Three-quarters of a century earlier the most 
famous female pilot of them all had disappeared over this exact same endless patch of Pacific 
Ocean on her own quest to circle the globe. And she had disappeared while searching for 
precisely the same island that was also eluding me as I scanned the horizon with increasing 

"Okay," I thought to myself. "Just be cool and take this one step at a time to think the 
situation through." I closed my eyes and focused on my breathing, slowing it down and reining in 
the impulse to panic. Inside my head, I quickly and methodically replayed every flight that I'd 
ever flown. Every emergency I'd ever faced. Every grain of experience that I had accumulated 
along the long road that had led me to this very moment. Somewhere in there was a detail that 
was the solution to my current predicament. I was sure of it. And all I had to do was find it.
Maybe the answer to my current situation lay somewhere among the ancient temples of 
Angkor in Cambodia? Or in the steamy jungles of east Africa? Or inside the towering pyramids 
of Giza? Or among the soaring minarets of Sarajevo? Or on the emerald rolling hills and cliffs of 
western Ireland? Or on the harsh and rocky lava fields of Iceland?
Wherever the answer was, it was going to have to materialize quickly, or another female pilot 
(me) would run the risk of being as well-known throughout the world as Amelia Earhart. And for 
exactly the same reason.

"It's been a good run at least," the little voice inside my head observed, turning oddly 
philosophical as the fuel supplies ran critically low. "You've had more experiences on this journey 
around the world than some people do in their entire lifetime."
"That's it!" I thought. 

Maybe the answer to all this lies even further back in time? All the way back to the summer 
that had inspired me to undertake this epic journey in the first place. All the way back to where 
North America meets the Pacific Ocean—the islands and glaciers and whales of Alaska.
All the way back to where this entire adventure began.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Review | Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel ~ Jane Costello


Learn to dance at the Moonlight Hotel, in the most romantic place in Britain... 
Beginners and singles welcome...

The Moonlight Hotel sits on the shore of England's best loved lake, Windermere, exuding vintage glamour. And in its ballroom weekly dance classes promise evenings filled with music, friends and fancy(ish) footwork.

When Lauren agrees to sign up, it's because she loves the building so much; it holds the key to her most precious childhood memories and she always dreamed of dancing the night away under its roof. Even her newly single friends Cate and Emily aren't going for the men, they're going for the fun - although a little romance wouldn't hurt...

Then comes the news that the hotel has been sold to a faceless budget chain, which has devastating plans in store. And the revelation that marks the start of a chain of events - both on and off the dance floor - that puts the strength of their friendship to the ultimate test...

Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel was quite frankly a delight of a read.
Jane Costello's easy, feel good and humorous way of writing made this the perfect book for me to take on a road trip as I was able to pick it up and put it down as and when needed without forgetting what I'd just read and needing to re-read paragraphs!

The book is told from the prospective of Lauren, whom is the main character, as she and her two best friends embark on their first night at a Salsa class.
As the weeks progress we learn all about Lauren and her long standing crush on her fellow teacher, Edwin, and her quest to make her feelings known to him after he ends his relationship.

We also discover Lauren's connection to the Moonlight Hotel so it is quite understandable her reaction to the news that it has been sold to a budget chain. However not all is as it seems as the new owner, Joe,  joins one of the Salsa classes along with his friend, Will.

Whilst Lauren is trying to work her magic on Edwin, Joe and Will get closer to Emily and Cate respectively but as the weeks press on and Lauren dances more and more with Joe her feelings become confused towards Edwin.

Although the book had a very easy going feel to it, there were many twists and turns within the story and as I read each page and turned to the next, I was often left wondering, surprised and sometimes with certain parts of some story lines, shocked!

Despite Lauren, her story, background and connection to the Moonlight Hotel being the main focus of the book, Cate and Emily are heavily featured and each have their own stories to tell which kept the plot fresh and exciting as well as putting the girls' friendships to the test.

There were some brilliant laugh out loud moments and fabulous one liners in Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel but equally I found some emotional, touching moments too which all all the makings of a perfect pool side read especially alongside the picturesque setting of the Lake District - one of my favourite UK settings!

I would like to thank Sara-Jade Virtue at Books and the City and Simon & Schuster for an advanced proof copy of 
Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Blog Tour ~ Guest Post | The Love Triangle ~ Nic Tatano

The Love Triangle blog tour stops with my Book Corner today and I've a fab guest post from Nic Tatano for you...

Public relations expert Lexi Harlow is the queen of getting her clients out of sticky situations. But can she do it for herself?
After an incendiary breakup (setting fire to her cheating boyfriend’s pants), Lexi decides to play the field for the first time in her life. Two suitors are vying for her affections: New York’s most eligible bachelor and pro quarterback Jake Frost, and sports agent Kyle Caruso. But when the athlete hires the agent, and both enlist her services to take care of public relations, well…
There’s only one way Lexi can get out of this love triangle before everything blows up in her face: choose one.
But when the candle she’s burning at both ends meets in the middle, the choice is no longer hers.


Pretty much every author has done one of those “writing process” posts detailing how a book comes together. Laptop or desktop, quiet or with music playing, outlining the plot or winging it. For me, the most important part of the process is breaking rules. Gotta color outside the lines.
And my favorite rule to destroy… breaking the fourth wall.
I’ve always loved it in the movies. Eddie Murphy in Trading Places, Ray Liotta in Goodfellas, Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone, the examples of actors talking directly to the audience is endless. And if you’ve been in the theater when that happens you know people get a kick out of it, even if it’s a simple look right into the camera.
So why is it so forbidden in fiction? And who made that rule? I don’t know, but maybe that’s why I enjoy doing it. However, what really made me like it even more was a rejection I got from an agent that went something like this:
“We really liked your writing and your story, but very concerned that you broke the fourth wall.”
Oh, the horror! I wondered if I should be cowering in fear under the bed waiting for the query police to break down my door, haul me down to the station and proceed to interrogate me under hot lights.
So let me get this straight. You liked the story. You liked the writing. But I broke a rule so you’re throwing it away. This is like a guy telling a woman, “You’re smart, beautiful, have a wonderful personality, are a great lover… but I’ve gotta break up with you because you like Celine Dion.”
Anyway, if you read one of my books, chances are good the main character will be talking to you. To me, it’s a cool way for you to get to know her on a more personal level.
Then there was the other “rule” I apparently violated. This one from an editor. Short but sweet.
“Too commercial.”
What the… (you can finish the thought.) Oh, excuse me, I thought the idea was to sell books. Let me re-write this and add a five page description of a potted plant to make it more literary so it can sit on a shelf in a bookstore, collect dust and have a Cliff Notes edition come out because readers are bored out of their minds. Here come the query police again.
Then there are the rules of selling a book. Never send directly to a publisher. I did, and that’s how I got my book deal. In fact, I did a little experiment, sending queries directly to agents and editors. I got more responses, and personal responses from editors.
Oh, and those agents who were “not accepting submissions” and those who didn’t even have listings in those agent databases? I tracked them down. Almost all responded, some even requesting a read. But none wrote back telling me I’d broken a rule by submitting.
You’ve gotta think of it this way: if I dropped a gift wrapped box on your desk and told you there might be a bar of gold inside but there probably wasn’t, you’d still open the box. Same deal with agents and editors. There might be a best seller in that query. I’m betting they can’t resist taking a look.
So while I have a lot in common with many writers (drink too much coffee, chocoholic, love wine, have a cat) and do other things few writers probably do (listening to talk radio while writing) I try to make my books different by breaking so-called rules of fiction. The heroine might not meet her hero till chapter ten. But she’ll be talkin’ to ya along the way.
After all, you don’t want to read the same book every time, so why should all authors follow the same rules? Ah, I see you nodding, so you must agree.
Talk to you later…

Friday, 25 March 2016

Blog Tour ~ Review + Giveaway | One Starry Night (Once Upon A Winter, Book 4) ~ Tilly Tennant

Genre: Chick lit
Release Date: 30th March 2016
Publisher:  Lawsome Books

They say the darkest hour is just before dawn, and for the first time Hannah is starting to truly understand what that means. With Gina’s husband misbehaving, Ross under attack, and bad news for Mitchell that only Hannah can tell him, things seem to be falling apart around her. 
How will she be the rock that everyone needs when she can’t control any part of her own life? It’s going to take a special kind of courage to see this dawn break, but when it does the future might just be the brighter for it. The problem is that Hannah’s not sure she can be that strong...


Before I start my review, I think its only fair now that the series is complete, that we see all four book covers together...

Aren't they just gorgeous?
They really capture winter which is, as the title suggest, the season the books are set in and as much as I loved the books and the complete story, I did feel that it lacked a little snow as can see the set of characters either having snow ball fights or being snowed in together ;)

As with my previous reviews, this will be fairly short to try and avoid too many spoilers plus the fact that the novella itself is short.
To recap then, in The Accidental Guest we are introduced to the main character, Hannah, and her sister and niece, Gina & Jess respectively, on Christmas day. All seems fairly normal - banter, gifts, turkey and trimmings, until an unexpected knock at the door introduces them to a man with head injuries and memory loss. Whilst waiting for paramedics, the girls name him Tom, but its Hannah in particular he is take with and her to him. So much so that Hannah can't forget him and darts to the hospital to check all is ok... only to fail. Meanwhile we are introduced to hunky farmer and neighbour, Ross, who keeps coming to the girls' rescue one way or another.
The girls are roped into a charity dance hosted by Ross' mother in I'm Not In Love and this is the first time we see Ross and Gina get closer. Whilst Hannah is trying hard to forget what connection she felt to Tom who we know as Mitchell, he just happens to walk into the party with his wife! Slowly over this book and Ways To Say Goodbye, Mitchell's memory comes back and he realises things about his marriage whilst getting closer to Hannah. Book 3 had an element of mystery about it as a strange car kept being mentioned and was often spotted outside of Hannah's home, however we aren't sure who it belongs to until Ross ends up in hospital! 

Finally One Starry Night see's relationships move forward between Hannah and Mitchell, Gina and Ross and Gina and Jess who have had some feisty mother-daughter moments throughout. The series of books comes to a delightful closure, albeit a sad few paragraphs involving Hannah's lovely elderly neighbour and friend, George. 

Overall the Once Upon A Winter series is a gorgeous story of love and friendship - there are bumps along the way but it tales a tale of moving on, opening your heart and being true to yourself.

I can't wait for more from Tilly Tennant.
Thank you to Brook Cottage Books for supplying review copies of the four parts.

About Tilly Tennant

Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can't Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Cover Reveal | Like A Virgin ~

Today I'm delighted to be sharing with you a gorgeous and summery cover reveal for Avon.

Hilarious, sassy, fresh and at times completely outrageous, this is an utterly unputdownable feel-good debut from Paige Nick.
Grace Hendricks has led a pretty sheltered life. So when her sister Natalie begs Grace to take her place as a Rihanna impersonator at a seedy club in Amsterdam, she has no idea what she is letting herself in for... until she ends up onstage with only a pole for support and her lace knickers in a knot!

Thrown into strip-club life, and forced to share and apartment with an exotic troupe of impersonating divas with Lady Gaga sized egos, Grace has to learn some hard lessons fast.
One: living with Marilyn Monroe and Madonna isn't easy.
And Two: transformations dont happen over night - especially when your bra is determined to sabotage your dance routine.

Like A Virgin Publishes as an eBook by Avon on
7th April 2016

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Review | The Night That Changed Everything ~ Laura Tait + Jimmy Rice


Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn't cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows who did. Rebecca’s untidy but Ben doesn’t mind picking up her pieces. Ben is laid back by Rebecca keeps him on his toes. They're a perfect match.
Nothing can come between them. Or so they think.
When a throwaway comment reveals a secret from the past, their love story is rewritten.

Can they recover from the night that changed everything? And how do you forgive when you can’t forget?

The Night That Changed Everything is a funny, feel-good and bittersweet story, told in alternate chapters by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice.

The first thing that comes to my head having just finished what was an amazing read, is the film The Break Up.

This is no doubt a story of love, life and friendship. It's also a story of loss and finding yourself, however, where as most romantic/chick lit fiction have the usual thread of boy and girl meeting and a will they/ won't they synopsis which we almost always know as having that happily ever after ending, The Night That Changed Everything completely turned a romantic story on its head making this a really brilliant and refreshing read.

We are introduced to Rebecca and Ben who seem made for each other, complete opposites but a couple bring out the best in each other. Within the first few chapters we are told how they met and where in their relationship they are - Rebecca's flat mate and best friend Danielle is about to move out, so it feels only natural for Ben to leave his flat mates, Russ and Tom, and to move in with her. The sub characters are featured fairly heavily within the book as they have a tight knit group friendship with Jamie (childhood friend to Ben and uni pal to Rebecca and Danielle)making up the sextet.

As Rebecca and Ben's relationship reached the one year mark we see some beautifully romantic moments, however it is Tom's girlfriend Avril which drops a bombshell on Ben's birthday that changes the group dynamics forever.
Obviously I'm not going to give away what the bombshell is, but it results in Ben and Rebecca breaking up, Rebecca and Danielle falling out and Jamie very much the friend trying to hold things together.

As Rebecca plunges into work to get over Ben, he takes a different route and quits his job, not knowing what to do he takes up cooking in Jamie's bar.
For a while, as much as I was enjoying the story, I wondered where it was going to go. It was hinted throughout that Rebecca and Ben needed to talk but opportunities where missed. 
When they finally went to get around to having the talk, their lives are again thrown in to the unknown when a tragic event happens.

From this upset I was pleased to see the group move forward, it wasn't the ending I was hoping for as I loved Ben and Rebecca as a pair, but it was a really sweet compromise.

Each chapter was told by either Rebecca or Ben's prospective and told in the first person. 
Rebecca was quite a hard character to begin with who showed little emotion whilst Ben had no problems sharing his feelings but it was nice to see him man up a little and focus eventually on what he wanted to do towards the end of the books and likewise to see Rebecca open up more.

One character I really loved was Jemma... she came into the story half way through and somehow managed to befriend Rebecca, but she had a great, lively, straight talking vibe about her.

Overall though, except for Avril, the characters were a really fun bunch and the book had me laughing and sniggering away.

I really enjoyed the feel of The Night That Changed Everything, as I said it was refreshing having a love story introduced at the beginning and then get turned upside down... it keep me on my toes as I really didn't know where the authors were going with it!!

The one thing that let this book down for me was the ending - but this is only a personal opinion...

It finished with both Rebecca and Ben's jobs in a positive light as they had featured throughout the story which was great but I would have liked an epilogue or "one year later" on the anniversary of the tragic incident or similar purely as I feel that both Rebecca and Ben's stories aren't quite finished...
Other than my personal gripe, I can't fault The Night That Changed Everything...

I would like to thank Becky and Transworld books for an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Excerpt | Porn Money and Wannabe Mummy ~ Laura Barnard

Today I have an short extract for you from Laura Barnard latest book... Don't forget the first book in the series is FREE! 
All the details you need are below...


What is it about turning thirty that sends rational women into a tailspin?
Suddenly going from having all the time in the world, to cringing at the ticking of her biological clock, Poppy is drowning under the strain of trying to get pregnant.
With a dad in the throes of a mid-life crisis, a crazy mother-in-law and time racing towards Lilly's wedding, will she be able to cope with it all...and give Ryan the baby they so desperately want?
Finally able to inherit her dad's porn money, Jazz can't wait to be rich! She can buy a house in Chelsea, go out partying with her old mates and start living how she deserves.
But with Ollie, Jemima and Meryl each clawing at their own little piece of her happiness, will she have to leave behind those closest to her in exchange for it?
The real question is, can Poppy and Jazz rescue their own lives before everything gets ruined, or will their own stubbornness destroy the lives they've created?


I feel her untying the knickers and then a little laugh escapes from her.  She quickly covers it with a cough again.  She’s seen the disastrous vagina.
‘Sorry,’ she apologizes, leaning up so I can see her face.  ‘This cough can sound like a laugh.’
You’ve got to hand it to her.  She’s, at least, trying to remain professional.
‘What is it?’ Cassandra asks, moving round to openly stare at my vagina.  ‘My God!’ she gasps when she sees it.  ‘What happened?’
Oh God.  This is so humiliating.
‘Um...I had a...bit of an..incident,’ I admit reluctantly.  ‘It’s a little embarrassing.’
Cassandra laughs at the same time as the doctor says, ‘we’re professionals.’  She glares at Cassandra.  ‘Please don’t be embarrassed.  She shoots more daggers at Cassandra in warning for her to shut up.  She stifles her giggles, but not enough for me to have already burned up with mortification.
This couldn't be going worse right now.


Sunday, 20 March 2016

Feature | My Book Corner ~ JB (Debbie) Johnston

This week on My Book Corner, I'm delighted to have Debbie take part. Debbie is not only a reader and blogger at Brooks Cottage Books, but she also organises and runs blog tours and having taken part in a fair few, I have to say she does and amazing job!

JB, thank you for coming on the blog today - can you tell us about your Book Corner/Writing Space?
Last year I bought an upcycled desk and I love it. Its painted a beautiful pale grey colour. Whilst it’s not a huge desk it is very pretty and does inspire me to sit and write. Although I could use a proper computer chair but I haven’t found one pretty enough yet. As my desk is in my living room it will have to be one that looks good with the rest of my furniture. Daft I know! I love my little writing desk. It also helps me keep all my book blogging stuff in one place and tour information too. I have some lovely little paper flowers in a sparkly jam jar sitting on it. My daughter made them for me. I also have an antique jewellery box that I keep important notes in and a lovely little wooden angel given to me by Linn B Halton. You can’t see it in the picture but there’s also a mood calendar that Joanna Lambert bought me when she was on her holidays. It’s so funny and makes me laugh!
I also have matching upcycled dresser too which has shelves with books on it too . There are cupboards on the bottom half of it and they are full of books. I have a corner unit in my hall and the cupboard at the bottom of it is full of books. There is a book case in a spare room, another in the kitchen, although that’s full of cookery books, a bookcase in the garage and books in boxes under the bed……books everywhere really! Oh and did I mention a dresser in the hall that has my old antique book collection? I might have too many books!

I adore your desk!! Do you have a favourite shelf/collection of books? Or favourite part of your Book Corner?
The dresser in the living room is definitely my favourite. A lot of the books on it are signed copies which I will never lend or giveaway. If I had a bigger house, I’d fill it full of dressers like this as they look so pretty with books on them.

JB, Do you have any reading/writing habits?
Because I am fairly short on time these days organising book tours and other promotional stuff for authors I have to prioritise a lot of my reading so the books touring with me get read first and if I have time outside of that then I try to squeeze in one or two from my bookshelves. I still owe a lot of people reviews as in the early days of blogging I accepted every offer of a book, not realising at that time of course just how busy my life was going to be. I review for so every now and again I try to read one they have sent me. I also listen to audio books in the car. I have a 54 mile round trip to work each day so it helps make the journey that little bit more bearable.
I hate being disturbed when reading a book and prefer to read when it’s nice and quiet. Although in a busy house as mine, that’s usually pretty impossible. I do most of my reading very late at night.
As for my writing habits, again time is an issue so at the moment I am only getting to write properly once a week. I disappear down to the local library for 2-3 hours if I can get childcare sorted. I completed NaNoWriMo in November 2015 so at the moment I am currently doing some revisions and edits to that book. I’m really enjoying the whole writing process. Although I’ve been involved in writing projects before, this is the first book that has been written entirely by me! Eeeek!

You will be asking for tour hosts for your own book soon then! How do you keep apart, track and control your TBR to read books?
I list all my books on Goodreads. I take part in the Goodreads challenge each year so my goal this year is to read 70 books. Not a lot compared to some people but working full time does eat into my reading time. Plus, I have a reading schedule spreadsheet for each month!

You sound very organised! Thank you for sharing your Book Corner with us, before you go can you provide links to your social media handles please?

Thank you so much for having me. xxx