Friday, 25 November 2016

The Friday LiTerview: Author and Blog tour host Samantha March Shares her favourite recipe for the ultimate girls'night-in

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things beauty, fashion and fitness. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has four published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket, A Questionable Friendship and Up To I Do. You can also find her on Youtube sharing beauty reviews and creating makeup tutorials. When she isn’t reading, writing, or vlogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.
2.      What's your number one beauty secret
Do not sleep in your makeup!

3.      What are your tips for the ultimate girls' night in/out?

Surround yourself by good people. Always have a lot of snacks – purple Skittles are my fave. And wear comfy clothes! 


4.      Tell us about your latest book.

The Christmas Surprise is a holiday novella that features characters from my previous novel  A QUESTIONABLE FRIENDSHIP. I wanted to do something to follow up on Brynn and Portland, but not focus solely on them. Doing this novel featuring them as minor characters was the perfect way to do that, and to remember some magical Christmas moments myself. 

5.      What's your favourite thing  about Christmas?

I always thought it was such a magical time of year as a little girl. As an adult, I appreciate now being able to spend time with family.





































6.      What will you be doing on Christmas day?

We usually spend Christmas with my husband’s side of the family. My family is Army and currently stationed in Alabama, and the price of plane tickets around the holiday season is usually too high for us, so it’s great having his family close by. 

7.      It must be really hard work to organize amazing blog tours like yours. Tell us what it's like?

It’s definitely very time consuming. Luckily I get to chase dreams for my full-time job, so that is so incredibly helpful. Sometimes I feel very naggy, toward both authors and bloggers, because there is a lot that goes into a tour and a schedule to abide by, but I love connecting authors and readers!
























































8 Apart from ChickLit, obviously, what other book genres do you like?
 I love good ole women’s fiction, cozy mystery, and magical realism. 

8.      If you could travel to any setting from a book, where would it be?

Ooh that’s tough! I know Charmed started as a TV show, but there was also books about the series, and I would love to hang out with the sisters!
10. Lastly, what are your thoughts on the Chibok Girls kidnapped from their School in Northern Nigeria two years ago? 
It’s simply horrifying. To be taken from the safety of your room and put into what I can only imagine is a traumatic experience is absolutely devastating. I did see on the news 21 girls were released just this past week, and I truly can’t imagine what they went through, and how they will go about finding normalcy now.  


Links to purchase her novels.
Destined To Fail - http://amzn.to/2egZj0M
The Green Ticket  - http://amzn.to/2eDKWbl
A Questionable Friendship - http://amzn.to/2eiuSsq
Up To I Do - http://amzn.to/2egYZyY

Samantha's new book The Christmas Surprise is available now for only 99 Cents!














 


Links to her social media, website, Twitter handle, etc.




Snapchat: Samantha.March






Sunday, 20 November 2016

Spotlight on Caught on Camera by Madelle Morgan

Hey everyone,
 Today we're shining the spotlight on Madelle Morgan's new book, Caught on Camera.
See details on the right. And oh, there's even a juicy giveaway for you to enter. πŸ˜ƒ


Caught on Camera
by Madelle Morgan
(Hollywood in Muskoka, #1)
Publication date: September 9th 2016
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

To achieve her dream of working on Hollywood film sets, star struck chambermaid Rachel Lehmann needs $35,000 for film school tuition by the end of the summer. When she’s asked to fill in for a missing bridesmaid at a movie star’s wedding, it’s her big chance to take candid photos of celebrities and sell them to the entertainment media. Then groomsman Mickey McNichol, agent to the stars, sweeps her off her feet.
Mickey’s bitter experience is that everyone in show business fakes emotions. When he falls for the stand-in bridesmaid, he thinks he’s finally met a beautiful woman he can trust. But if Rachel betrays his friends’ privacy, Mickey will ensure she never works in Hollywood.


Purchase: 


AUTHOR BIO:
Madelle completed four novels before Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc. contracted to publish her debut romantic suspense, Diamond Lust—republished as Diamond Hunter—and a sexy, short free read, The Next Big Thing, in 2010.

When Madelle realized her author voice is more suited to light, humorous contemporary romance, she went waaaay back to her teen years for the Hollywood in Muskoka series setting. Madelle, her sisters, and assorted pets enjoyed idyllic summers at a lake in the District of Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of their top 20 Best of the World Must-see Places.

The Muskoka lakes’ forested shorelines are dotted with palatial properties owned by wealthy families and Hollywood celebrities. At sixteen, being neither rich nor famous, Madelle worked briefly as a chambermaid at the now-closed Delawana Inn, a local resort.

Madelle is retired from an engineering career in the federal public service and lives in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, with her husband. She tries to keep fit with cycling, Pilates, and yoga, and dreams of owning a waterfront cottage. Or at least a pool.

She tweets and posts on Facebook and Goodreads about Hollywood, filmmaking, Muskoka, and, of course, writing. She blogs the second Tuesday of the month at romancingthegenres.blogspot.com and occasionally on her own website.



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Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Hearthrob tour: Interview with Belinda Williams

Hey everyone,
  Today is my stop on Hearthrob by Belinda Williams tour.



1.     Tell us about Belinda
Like many of my readers, I’m a book-loving soul, and I like nothing better than curling up with a good book to escape reality for a while. When I’m not reading or writing, I work as a freelance copywriter. I’m also a wife and a mum, and I keep sane by doing lots of laps at my local swimming pool, walking a lot, and listening to music (usually while thinking about my next story!)


2.     What's your favourite food?
I have a bit of a sweet tooth and enjoy anything dessert related, but I have to admit that cookies are my weakness . . .


3.     If you were stranded on an island and you could only have one book with you, which would you pick?
It would have to be romance, of course, but it’s actually a very difficult question because I read widely across the sub-genres. If you’re going to make me pick, though, I’d have to say a romantic suspense novel from Nora Roberts, probably The Search or The Obsession.


4. What does love mean to you?
An enduring connection that’s unconditional.


5. What was the inspiration behind your latest book, Hearthrob?
After my City Love series, which is set in my hometown of Sydney, Australia, I was keen for a change of scenery. A glamorous Hollywood setting really appealed and I loved the idea of a ‘fish out of water’ story.


6. Shoes or handbags?
That’s a hard call, but I’d have to say shoes!



We'd like to thank Belinda Williams for stopping by and Lisa of Tastybooktours.com for letting us take part. πŸ˜€











Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime Tour: Interview with Lynsey James

1.    Tell us about yourself Lynsey
Hi guys, my name’s Lynsey and I’m a 25-year-old rom com author from Scotland. I like Nutella and fluffy white dogs way too much and I hate wasps.
Your latest book, obviously has a Christmas theme so we'll be asking a lot of questions about Christmas. Hope you don't mind? So
1.    What's your favourite Christmas memory?
Wow, so many to choose from! As my favourite part about Christmas is watching other people open their presents, my favourite memory is the time my mum opened an envelope with tickets to a show she’d been wanting to see inside. Her face was priceless!
2.    What will you be doing on Christmas, we're especially interested in the food, by the way. Lol.
I spend Christmas with my family every year; we go to see my gran then eat Christmas dinner together. That has to be my favourite meal of the year! We usually have steak pie, puff pastry and vegetables, or roast beef with all the trimmings. Dessert is usually a massive bowl of my gran’s trifle or some cheesecake. 
3.   What was the inspiration behind your latest book.
I loved going to pantomimes as a kid; they were my favourite part of Christmas. So when it came to writing my Christmas book, I really wanted to write about a pantomime that goes really badly wrong.
4.    I know that this is almost like asking a parent to choose a favourite child, but I just have to ask: which character from your books is your favourite.
It has to be Ivy St Clair from Just the Way You Are. I had so much fun writing her story and she’s a character who’s stayed with me even though I’m now on my fourth book. I liked the contrasts between her and the main character Ava, and how she wasn’t afraid to follow her dreams after so many years.
5.    Most writers I've spoken to, usually have a collection of cringe-worthy yet adorable short stories and poems they wrote as children. Do you have any? Share some with us.
I have notebooks full of them somewhere, I wish I knew where they were! I was a huge fan of the TV show Friends when I was a kid (still am) and used to write my own scripts for episodes and act them out in front of my family.
6.   Is there anything you think we book bloggers could do to assist authors. I mean apart from the bit we're doing already?
I’d say book bloggers are doing a great job of supporting authors already. The book blogging 
community is fantastic; I actually met my best friend through it. Bloggers give up their free time to read, review and champion books. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog!
   Thank you

Lynsey


     





         

Click Date Repeat by K.J. Farnham

Hey everyone,
Lola from www.lolasblogtours.com gave me this book and she made me promise to share my review with you guys so I hope you like it.
 


Title: Click Date Repeat


Author: K.J.
Genre: Chick Lit.
Plot: It's really simply: Chloe needs a man so she goes online to try to find herself one. And like any one brave enough to try online dating, she meets all kinds of guys:  the sweet, the gentleman, the almost-creepy and the jerk.



Review:  I don't care what you think about online dating, I think you should read this book. It was such a fun read. I especially liked it when Chloe met up with her girlfriends to talk about her online adventures. And I found myself roiting for her to find the right man so her mom would finally get off her back. Speaking of, I think her mom was my favourite character. Though I did feel sorry for poir Glen for how she treated him.
 The book is well written and a really fun book to curl up to.



Rating: 3.5

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Blog tour: Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime by Lynsey James

Hey everyone,
 Say hello to the wonderful book that we'll be hosting today:



Blurb: This Christmas pantomime is about to be the talk of the town! Luna Bay’s festive preparations are well under way and the much anticipated annual pantomime is to be, once again, the highlight of the season. Too bad that the village’s very own actress and darling of Broadway, Alice Woods, isn’t feeling in the mood for Christmas.

Until the pantomime comes under threat and a grief-stricken Alice is forced to push her personal pain aside and step up to direct – after all, the show must go on..

So with (more than) a little help from her new found friends, not to mention one very gorgeous Hollywood A-list celebrity, the play begins to come together, but will Alice finally believe that Christmas is a time for miracles after all?

Check out the excerpt below:

Of all the books on grief I’d read in the last three years, none of them advocated buying Christmas presents for your lost loved one.
Yet, earlier, at Fox’s department store, that was exactly what I had done.
As soon as I stepped inside my cosy little cottage, shrugging off the wintry nip from outside, I made a beeline for my bedroom. Underneath my bed was a small box, no bigger than a shoebox. It was battered and worn from being moved around and shoved into corners so many times, but for me it held a collection of special memories far too precious to throw away. I pulled it out and sat down on my bed with it, taking off the scuffed lid as carefully as I could.
My breath caught in my throat as I looked at the box’s contents for the first time in what felt like for ever. Nestled inside the battered old shoebox was three years’ worth of Christmas presents, birthday gifts and odd little souvenirs. A bottle of aftershave, a programme from his favourite theatre production signed by the cast, his favourite red T-shirt, which still held the faintest traces of his smell.
It was all for him.
I retrieved the little Rubik’s cube I’d bought earlier from my pocket and added it to the collection, allowing myself a smile. Jamie had always loved puzzles and prided himself on his ability to complete the New York Times crossword in twenty minutes flat. Every morning, he’d sit on the terrace of the apartment we shared, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice by his side, and do battle with the cryptic clues. I closed my eyes and pictured his brow furrowing, the pen sticking out the corner of his mouth as he concentrated and the look of euphoria when the answer finally became clear.
For the briefest of moments, I could almost hear the noise and drama of New York City. There was the bustle of people walking the famous sidewalks, each heading in their own direction, taxi cabs beeping their horns at drivers that got in their way and the inimitable buzz that could only be found in the city that never slept. Being part of such a vibrant place had been a dream come true; the city had been a living, breathing entity itself, where anything seemed possible. Until one rainy morning wheneverything changed…
I shook myself back to the present; thinking of New York was not a good idea. Instead, I closed the box and shoved it back in its hiding place, satisfied I’d done my bit to include Jamie in this year’s Christmas celebrations.
If only he was around to take part in them himself.



Links


And don't forget to enter the giveawy. See info on the right-hand corner



About Lynsey James: 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…

Links

Monday, 31 October 2016

Spotlight On A Corner of Her Heart by Claire Yezbak

About the Book

Monica Morgan finally lands the job she covets—stay-at-home mom to her four sons. Her joy is short-lived, however, when a casual comment leads to the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. The news sends her reeling, grasping for understanding and skeptical of everything she once thought she knew. While she struggles with the deceit and questions her faith, her youngest child receives a devastating diagnosis, plunging her into deeper despair.

Unsure of how to move forward, Monica must reevaluate her options and determine what truly matters most. But will her decision ultimately destroy her family or will it make them whole again?

Tour Schedule

October 31 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Spotlight & Excerpt
October 31 – Anne Kemp – Q&A
November 2 – Chick Lit Goddess – Excerpt
November 3 – Chick Lit Plus – Spotlight
November 4 – Coffeeholic Bookworm – Spotlight & Excerpt
November 4 – Spunky N Sassy – Excerpt
November 7 – Up Close and Literal – Q&A & Excerpt
November 7 – Authors and Readers Book Corner – Excerpt

Author Bio

When she’s not playing with her granddaughter, Pennsylvania native Claire Yezbak Fadden is writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first. 
There's a special spot in Claire's heart for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times as a young girl. She loves butterflies, ladybugs and confetti! Just ask anyone who's received a birthday card from her.
Claire cheers on the San Diego State Aztecs, her alma mater, and she is a Black & Gold fan -- Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. The mother of three, she lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Nick and two spoiled dogs, Bandit and Jersey Girl. 
Claire’s work as an award-winning journalist, humor columnist and editor has appeared in more than 100 publications across the United States, Canada and Australia.A Corner of Her Heart is her debut novel. 
Follow Claire @claireflaire, email her at claire@clairefadden.com, join her Facebook Fan Page or visit her at clairefadden.comFor sneak peeks, prizes and fun, join her mailing list.

Links



Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/2cyFpzj


To celebrate the release of A CORNER OF HER HEART, I'm giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card

About the Giveaway: Win a $25 Amazon gift card! From October 14 – November 14, 2016, join my email mailing list and be eligible to win. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. I will email the lucky winner as well as announce the name on my blog, Woman@Heart - Giveaways page by November 15, 2016.

Enter here for your chance to win! Good luck!


Happy Halloween!

A Corner of Her Heart Tour: We Think Claire May Have Found a Cure for Writer's Block!

Hey guys,
It's time for yet another exciting blog tour. This one for A Corner of her Heart by Claire Yezbak. On this stop we'll be shinning a spotlight on the book and interviewing the author. Sounds like fun, right?
So stay tuned and don't forget to enter the giveaway she's hosting. You'll find details on the banner on the right.
I love you and Happy Halloween.πŸ‘»

1. Tell is about yourself Claire
When I’m not playing with my granddaughter, I’m busy writing contemporary women’s fiction. My books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first. I’m the mother of three adult sons who, over the years, have been fodder for my award-winning humor column Woman@Heart.
I’m a native Pennsylvanian who loves living in southern California with my husband, Nick and our two spoiled dogs, Bandit and Jersey Girl.  I cheer for my alma mater, San Diego State, but my hometown roots still shine through for the Black & Gold -- Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. 
There's a special spot in my heart for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times when I was a young girl. I love butterflies, ladybugs and confetti! Just ask anyone who's received a birthday card from me.
2. Will you be celebrating Halloween? Have you picked out a costume yet?
In years past, I’ve dressed up as Wonder Woman, a flapper and a zombie dancing to “Thriller.” This year my costume is grandmother, since I’ll be watching my granddaughter participate in her first Halloween parade
 3. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I suspect every writer will be able to easily answer this question. For me, that moment arrived in my freshman year of college. The satisfaction of stringing words together to evoke a feeling, convey a thought or tell a tale buzzed in my heart for decades. This year my first novel was published. That tells me that no matter how long you dream, don’t give up.
 4. Tell us about your latest book?
Monica’s story, “A Corner of Her Heart”, is the first book in my “Begin Again” series. Monica finally lands the job she covets—stay-at-home mom to her four sons. Her joy is short-lived, however, when a casual comment leads to the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. The news sends her reeling, grasping for understanding and skeptical of everything she once thought she knew. While she struggles with the deceit and questions her faith, her youngest child receives a devastating diagnosis, plunging her into deeper despair. 
Unsure of how to move forward, Monica relies on her spirituality, inner strength and family commitment she learned from Bridget, her single mother, to reevaluate her options and determine what truly matters most. 

 5. What’s the best writing advise you ever received? Do you ever experience writer's block? How do you get over it?
I combined these two questions because the best writing advice I’ve received helps me to minimize (not eliminate) writer’s block.
I’ve finally embraced showing up every day to write. (For years I denied this bit of genius, the same way I used to discount ‘eat less-lose weight’). You hear this tip from lots of accomplished authors because it is true. My plan is to write every day at the same time each morning, before the demands of the day seep under my office door. Like my dieting goals, I don’t always meet them, but still I try. There are days when cleaning the dust bunnies under the bed is a more attractive option than writing even 100 words. 
When I arrive at my desk at approximately the same time each day, my mind knows it is time to work. I’m excited to see what happens when the characters share their story. Every writer has some type of block, but if you show up every day, around the same time, even if you just sit there looking at a blank screen, you’re training your brain to get to work. And that’s a good thing. 
7. Do you watch a lot of tv? What are your favourite shows?
My TV-watching time is limited and I’m an impatient viewer. I love being able to fast-forward through the commercials, so recording the programs is the perfect solution for me. What’s on my DVR list today? Jeopardy, Designated Survivor, Blue Bloods and reruns of Perry Mason and The Honeymooners. I’m a fan of Netflix, too.