Cover Reveal: One Hundred Christmas Proposals by Holly Martin

One Hundred Ch ProposalsWE ARE LOVING THIS COVER. It’s beautiful and so sparkly. We can’t wait to read it. We are very excited to be helping to reveal the cover for Holly’s new book. It’s really put us in a festive mood.

You can pre-order an electronic edition of Holly’s new book from Amazon. It will be released by Carina on 3rd November 2014.

About One Hundred Christmas Proposals:

If you thought Harry & Suzie’s life couldn’t get anymore sweepingly romantic than Harry asking her to marry him at the end of One Hundred Proposals – think again!

It’s Christmas in a snow-kissed London, and the.PerfectProposal.com have vowed to carry out one hundred proposals in December. No easy task at the best of times – made even more complicated by Harry & Suzie trying to plan their first Christmas and a visit from the dreaded in-laws. But one hundred deliciously Christmassy proposals later they find themselves asking if everything is still perfect in their own relationship….

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Oh Crystal Ball

rp_friday-300x1641111111.pngFriday 17th October 2014:

Fiction Friday is our weekly prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt..

You have to go on a quest to find an ancient crystal ball that has the powers to save the world. This artefact has the power to show the future. Is there anything else it can do?

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Blog Tour: It Started With Paris Competition Winners

rp_It-started-with-paris-198x300.jpgThanks to Cathy and the lovely people at Orion, we had THREE copies of It Started With Paris to give away.

Well done to: Tracy Shephard, Aisling Quinn and Leila Benhamida. You’ve all won a copy of the book.

 

About It Started With Paris.

It all started with Paris. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists. In that second, everything changes, not just for the happy couple, but for the family and friends awaiting their return in Bridgeport, Ireland…

Leila’s been nursing a badly broken heart since her love-rat husband just upped and left her one morning, but she’s determined to put on a brave face for the bride.

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Bella’s Scribblings: Which Sandwich Are You?

Bella OsborneApparently I’m a grilled cheese sandwich (English translation is toasted cheese sandwich) – seriously what is going on with the world?

Now I may just be having a grumpy day but just lately there seems to be so many questionnaires that people do online and then share the results to tell me all sorts of bizarre things for example: what song are you most like? Which Harry Potter character are you? How Swedish are you? What age are you going to live until? (How creepy is that one?) and a very long list of other auto generated random nonsense that lands on my Twitter and Facebook feeds.

I have to admit that I am a little suckered in by it because I frequently find myself going “Oh, I wouldn’t have said she was a Pinot Grigio more like a Sancerre.” And then merrily wasting time choosing my favourite colour/90’s TV show/Online company/picture of something blue/Other such nonsense which is going to miraculously provide me with some incredible insight into my persona or more frighteningly into my future.

I know it is very easy to be distracted by the internet and a couple of minutes here and there does no harm, unless you are Katie Hopkins, but these questionnaires are getting sillier and more obscure. And who does one, gets to the punchline and goes “Knowing that has changed my life?” – Continue reading

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News: Launch of One Book Lane

Final Logo variations no BG-01We wanted to tell you about a fantastic new community for readers. It’s called One Book Lane and it comes to you from all those lovely people over at Orion. It’s here to make sure you’re never short of a good book to get lost in. The website is beautiful. We love it.

Launching today, http://www.onebooklane.co.uk is inviting you to get involved in a variety of ways. We love discovering new books and authors and they want to help us all find great book recommendations and there will be great competitions too.

If you’re a member of a book club, you can also register that on the site and have a chance to win books amongst other things.

As it’s their launch day, you can get involved via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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News: Books Are My Bag 2014

BAMBThis year’s Books are my Bag campaign launched on 9th October and there are plenty of ways to get involved.

There will be many bookshop parties tomorrow as well as the chance to pick up the Books are My Bag tote bags. Tracey Emin has designed a collector’s edition bag which will be available from tomorrow (11th October,) but be quick if you want to get your hands on one. Jen Campbell’s, The Bookshop Book is the official book for this year’s campaign and it looks fantastic.

Throughout October, Books are My Bag are also running #ThisBookshop. Just tweet what your favourite bookshop is or if you have your own blog, write a blog post and share on Twitter with that hashtag, #ThisBookshop. The idea is to put bookshops in the spotlight and at the end of October they will award somebody using that hashtag with some book tokens.

PrintThey are also hosting #bookadayuk (details in the banner to the right,) throughout October where there is a new subject to tweet about everyday -just some of the many ways you can get involved.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Mysterious Competition

rp_friday-300x164111111.pngFriday 10th October 2014: Mysterious competition.

Fiction Friday is our weekly prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt: You’ve had a notification that you’ve won a competition. The prize is £10,000. The only thing you have to do to claim it is to be at the address listed at a certain time. When you arrive, there are five other people waiting; people you’ve never met before. What happens?

(Write up to 1,200 words.)

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Blog Tour: Win a Copy of It Started With Paris by Cathy Kelly

It started with parisThanks to Cathy and those lovely people at Orion, we have THREE copies of It Started With Paris to give away.

About the book:

It all started with Paris. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists. In that second, everything changes, not just for the happy couple, but for the family and friends awaiting their return in Bridgeport, Ireland…

Leila’s been nursing a badly broken heart since her love-rat husband just upped and left her one morning, but she’s determined to put on a brave face for the bride.

Vonnie, a widow and exceptional cake-maker, is just daring to let love back into her life, although someone seems determined to stop it.

And Grace, a divorced head teacher, finds the impending wedding of her son means that she’s spending more time with her ex-husband. After all those years apart, is it possible she’s made a mistake?

 

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Blog Tour: It Started With Paris by Cathy Kelly – Review

It started with parisIt all started with Paris. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists. In that second, everything changes, not just for the happy couple, but for the family and friends awaiting their return in Bridgeport, Ireland…

Leila’s been nursing a badly broken heart since her love-rat husband just upped and left her one morning, but she’s determined to put on a brave face for the bride.

Vonnie, a widow and exceptional cake-maker, is just daring to let love back into her life, although someone seems determined to stop it.

And Grace, a divorced head teacher, finds the impending wedding of her son means that she’s spending more time with her ex-husband. After all those years apart, is it possible she’s made a mistake?

With her warmth and insight, Cathy Kelly weaves a delightful tale spinning out from a once-in-a-lifetime moment, drawing together a terrific cast of characters who feel like old friends.

(Published by Orion on 9th October 2014.)

 

It Started With Paris begins with a couple, Michael and Katy getting engaged at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It then looks at how their engagement affects the people around them – focusing on three women in particular; Grace (a head teacher and Michael’s mother.) Grace is still great friends with her ex, Stephen.

Leila is a twenty-nine year old who is divorced and whose mother is in hospital following a car accident and finally Vonnie, who has come to Ireland following the death of her husband.

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