Monday, 19 March 2018

Review: Mums Just Wanna Have Fun by Lucie Wheeler

Meet Nancy…
Single mum Nancy will do anything for her little boy. Jack’s autism makes life difficult at times, but she’s determined to ensure he lives the best life possible. So, when her best friend Harriet suggests a holiday to Ibiza, Nancy is torn: will Jack cope with the change in routine…will she?
And Harriet…
Workaholic mum Harriet convinces Nancy it’s the break they all need. A chance to have some fun with the kids, away from the stresses of normal life. And she’s determined to switch off her laptop, ignore her inbox, and just have fun with her kids for seven whole days…
Cocktails and kids’ club – what could go wrong?
Ibiza is beautiful, but Jack struggles with everything, Harriet refuses to put her laptop away, and Nancy begins to think she’s made a huge mistake. And then Nancy meets Cameron and his young son, Aiden and discovers that sometimes the best fun happens when you least expect it…
Can these two single-mum’s swap their mummy guilt for sunglasses and sangria?

Review: Wow! This book has it all, great characters, totally believable storyline and the full range of emotions! I got so much more than I was expecting to from this book. The story surrounds mums Harriet and Nancy and their children as they embark on a vacation that will mean more to them than they can imagine. Every part of the holiday and the stories that come from these mums could have happened to me or other women I know. I loved the fact that their lives are not straightforward and are not easy but they have been trying to keep going for the sake of their families and also to save face, I love that there is finally light shed on this happening!

As characters they are great to spend time with. As I said, they are so easy to relate to and identify with. Their children are also easy to identify with, they are typical children in that they are anything but typical and I could easily see aspects of all of their personalities in many of the children I have worked with over the years. I thought it was a great choice made by this author to include a child on the autistic spectrum on their and shine a light on the various intricacies and nuisances that become different when you have a child with an additional need such as this. There are aspects such as school and crowded places, bed time and the use of technology that are explored and I think that Lucie Wheeler did a great job on all of these aspects. 

There were some great comedy moments in this book, everyone knows that children know just what to say at just the right moment to make everything funny and this happens so many times in this book. This book also made me cry, more than once. Happy tears and tears alongside some of our lovely characters, just what I want from a book. I am not a mum but I know so many amazing mums who are doing a fabulous job and think they are messing it up and so I can see where a book like this would be amazing for them. I would love to put this book into the hands of so many of my friends and really recommend picking this one up now!

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Blog Tour: Author interview with Lucie Wheeler to Celebrate Mums Just Wanna Have Fun

Today I am honoured to be part of the blog tour for Mums Just Wanna Have Fun by Lucie Wheeler. Trust me this book is fabulous and I will have my review up for you all very soon. This book was published on 18th March, and you can order it by clicking right here! Here's what it's all about:

Meet Nancy…
Single mum Nancy will do anything for her little boy. Jack’s autism makes life difficult at times, but she’s determined to ensure he lives the best life possible. So, when her best friend Harriet suggests a holiday to Ibiza, Nancy is torn: will Jack cope with the change in routine…will she?
And Harriet…
Workaholic mum Harriet convinces Nancy it’s the break they all need. A chance to have some fun with the kids, away from the stresses of normal life. And she’s determined to switch off her laptop, ignore her inbox, and just have fun with her kids for seven whole days…
Cocktails and kids’ club – what could go wrong?
Ibiza is beautiful, but Jack struggles with everything, Harriet refuses to put her laptop away, and Nancy begins to think she’s made a huge mistake. And then Nancy meets Cameron and his young son, Aiden and discovers that sometimes the best fun happens when you least expect it…
Can these two single-mum’s swap their mummy guilt for sunglasses and sangria?

And Lucie has been gracious enough to answer all my gruelling, probing questions so here's that interview for you. 

First question is a bit of a cliche but...How did you get into writing?

For this I have my daughter to thank. By having her, I was forced to slow down and reevaluate what I was doing. I didn't really know where I was going in life, bouncing around between jobs and training in various things and then I fell pregnant. I was lucky enough to be a stay at home mum for the first five years of Gracie's life so in that time, I indulged in writing. I have always loved to read and had dabbled in the past with writing little bits and pieces, but it wasn't until I had my daughter that I decided to take it a bit more seriously. Fast forward four years and I went to see a clairvoyant who told me that something I was working on at that moment, I should go for it because I would be good at it. At the time I was writing. So the very next day, in 2010, I signed up with the London School of Journalism for a course on novel writing and the rest, as they say, is history!

Do you write full time & if so, have you always done this?

No I don't. I do lots of things day to day and try to fit in writing as and when I can! Alongside writing my books I also attend university as a full time student. I am studying for my degree in Early Childhood which I am actually due to finish this summer. I also work with children at a preschool and am a mother to an 11 year old. So lots of juggling to meet lots of deadlines.

Do you have a particular writing style or genre that you prefer?

To read or to write? Writing wise I love writing real life stories. Stories that depict everyday people in everyday situations. I don't like long chapters as I feel it can drag on a bit and I love to write dialogue. When I am reading, again I like shorter chapters and I like shorter sentences too. Punchy, effective and descriptive. I also love reading YA and children's books too!

How do you develop your characters as you write, are any of them based on real people?

A lot of the time I have a rough idea of character to begin with and they then develop and transform on the page as I write. I could be writing a scene and my character will react in a certain way and I will be like, 'oh, ok!'. You just have to go with it! The characters always have an element of reality to them. Writers tend to be people observers so we subconsciously take in peoples mannerisms, characters and dialogue naturally. This is then relayed on the page in various forms. So whilst none of my characters are replica's of people, they each have similar traits to those I have seen, heard and experienced at some point in my life.

What was the inspiration behind Mums Just Wanna Have Fun?

I always wanted to write a story about mum's who felt they weren't good enough. As a mum myself, and as someone who follows and watches lots of mum's online, I know that it is easy to feel like you are failing at parenting. The world can be an incredibly judgemental place for a parent so I wanted to write a story about this and show people that actually, you're doing great! I want parents to feel empowered and know that it is ok to not really know what you are doing - none of us do! It was also important to me to highlight some of the more challenging things some parents have to deal with such as autism, post natal depression and some other things that I don't want to give away!

What is your writing process-do you map it out first? Write in chronological order?

Writing, for me, is a bit of a blur and when I get to the end of the first draft I kind of look back and go, 'how did I get here!' I always have a loose plan and an idea, but nothing really fixed. I tend to do a lot of free writing to help get me in the story and get words down on a page. I once watched an interview with an author - although I cannot remember who it was - and they said, 'get the words down, you can't edit a blank page' and ever since that day, I swear by that. I even tell my university friends it when they are struggling with essays. Get the words down - you cant edit a blank page! So that's how I get a lot of my writing done. I just write it. I let the story lead me. I have an idea of characters, loose storyline, key points and a potential ending and then I just go for it. Sometimes the story changes, sometimes it doesn't. This particular book changed three times before it became this story! I knew what I wanted to say but I found it really hard to get it how I wanted it. I had to write - and lose - about 30,000 words before I found my direction with it. And I do tend to write chronologically. I can't write an ending before the actual story.

How much of you is reflected in your writing?

I think I reflect a lot of myself actually. Pretty much all the characters I write have some kind of element of me in. Saying that, there are some parts of my stories that are not my own personal opinion but are needed for authenticity to a particular character. But generally I think with every author, snippets of their own personalities and beliefs drip through their stories.

What kind of research did you do before/during writing Mums Just Wanna Have Fun?

As someone who has worked with children with autism, and with friends who have autistic children, I was able to draw on my own personal experience for some of that aspect. I have a level three educator qualification in working with autistic children as well as training with The National Autistic Society. In addition to this, I follow a lot (and I mean A LOT) of parent vloggers and bloggers online so their content is always inspiring when writing about parenting in general. Aside from that my research comprised of online, books and general discussions with other parents who had experienced some of the situations I wrote about. ​

How much attention do you pay to the reviews that you get?

I would like to say that I listen to all the good ones and ignore the bad ones but I would be lying. As much as I would love to not let bad reviews affect me, there is always an element of disappointment when you hear that someone hasn't enjoyed something you have written. I have been very lucky so far (without jinxing myself!) that I haven't really had  any terrible reviews. Not written ones anyway - I have had one or two low star ratings but never any text to justify them. But I read every review I come across and am so incredibly thankful for them. Even the ones which highlight things they didn't particularly enjoy, this means I can learn moving forward so I don't just expect positive reviews all the time, just as long as they are constructive in what they say. I love being tagged in reviews so I don't miss any, too, so if anyone reviews this one, be sure to tag me and let me know! đŸ˜Š

Are friends and family supportive of your writing? 
Oh, most definitely! I couldn't do this without the incredible support I get from my friends and family. My husband and daughter put up with a lot at home. When I get stressed, when I have to get up really early or work really late to hit deadlines. And when we get nearer to deadline day and dinner is late or the washing isn't done - they understand that it is what needs to happen for me to get things done. I couldn't do it without them. And my friends are incredible too. I sometimes have to cancel arrangements or work whilst with them with one eye on the screen and one listening to them! But they completely understand and support me every step of the way. It would be really hard to do this if I didn't have that from them all. 
How do you feel leading up to your publication day?

Nervous, sick, excited, worried... so many emotions go through my body in the lead up to a book being published. Having worked so hard on a particular piece and then knowing it will be out there for people to judge is scary. You literally lay your heart on the line and wait for people to judge you! But that is all part of doing what I do, it comes with the job. That moment when the first review comes in  - if it is a positive one - is incredible! All those blood, sweat and tears paid off and people actually enjoy your work. There are no words for that feeling. And that is just for readers, it's a whole other story for when people you know personally read the book. Are they going to think it is rubbish? Are they thinking 'is that it? Is that what you have spent months stressing over?' Of course, no one ever says that to me and they're always very proud, but it doesn't stop the self doubt and self critical part of you going into overdrive the night before publication. But ultimately, it is a wonderful thing to experience - like the lead up to Christmas or your birthday. 

Finally...what are you working on right now?

I am actually working on some children's books at the moment. Alongside finishing off my coursework and dissertation for university and planning out a YA series. I will have to start drafting my next chicklit book soon too... I think I need more hours! 

Thanks so much to Lucie for stopping by today, you can find her in all of these places

And don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the tour for more exclusive and fabulous content!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

6 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Well the time has come, I have been posting reviews and other bookish posts on this blog for 6 years now. I didn't know when I started this blog, how much I would love it and how many awesome things would come out of it. 

I've been to amazing blogger events and other fabulous author events in the UK and the US now. I've discovered amazing new authors and got to meet so many fabulous writers I can't even beleive it! And I've met so many wonderful and supportive bloggers along the way, I am so grateful to all the people I have got to know through this blog. 

So now it's time to give back with a literal giveaway. I'm giving away £25 (or whatever that amounts to in the currency of the country you live in) to spend at The Book Depository. So as long as they ship to you, you can enter-yey!

There are lots of ways to enter so you can get multiple entries for following me on social media and sharing on there. I am also celebrating 200 subscribers on YouTube so you can get extra entries by commenting on this video!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Guest Review: The Cafe At Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke

Welcome to the CafĂ© at Seashell Cove, where you’ll find irresistible home-baked cakes, smiling friendly faces – and maybe even a second chance at love…

When Cassie Maitland needs a holiday from her glamorous but stressful job in event management, she escapes home to gorgeous Seashell Cove, where her family’s cosy cafĂ© sits perched on the cliffs above sparkling waves and golden sand.

But a lot has changed while Cassie’s been away: her parents have transformed their tired cafĂ© into a welcoming haven, her friends Meg and Tilly have whole new lives, and old flame Danny’s twinkling eyes and winning smile make Cassie feel even more flustered than they used to.

Keen to throw herself back into local life, Cassie starts to run themed events – including a not entirely successful cat-cafĂ© day, complete with dozens of felines. Luckily Danny is always around to lend a helping hand, and Cassie soon begins to wonder if her life in London was really all she made it out to be…

Could a new start in Seashell Cove be exactly what Cassie needs?

Review: This is the first book I have read from this author. From the cover and synopsis of this story, I thought it would be right up my street. It is described on the cover as a heart-warming laugh out loud romantic comedy, and although I didn't actually laugh out loud, it was an amusing and entertaining story. It didn't grab my attention right from the start, but once I got into it, I found I didn't want to put it down. 

The story centres on Cassie Maitland, an events coordinator who has been working in London and New York for some time. She decides to return to her family home in the Devon seaside town of Seashell Cove for a break while she decides where her career should go next. She plans to help out with her parents' cafe, set in a wonderful position, high on the cliffs overlooking the cove. However, things have changed quite a bit in her absence, and it seems that her help may not be required. Still, she plans some events to attract more customers to the cafe, with some amusing consequences. Returning to her childhood home brings her back into contact with old friends, her somewhat wacky grandmother and Danny Fleetwood, a boy she'd had a crush on at school. How will all these factors influence her decision for the future?

This was a delightful tale of family and friendships. The setting for the cafe was very evocative; I could imagine myself sitting with a coffee looking out over the shining sea. The characters were all realistic, with problems and attitudes that will be familiar to any of us. I definitely enjoyed this book and will look out for more by this author. 

To order your copy now, just click here or US!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Blog Tour: Author Interview with Claudia Carroll to Celebrate Our Little Secret

I am so excited to be part of this mammoth book tour to celebrate the release of Our Little Secret by Claudia Carroll. I got the audiobook version of Claudia's new novel and you can read my review here. Don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the tour for more exclusive content! And to order your copy now, just click here!

A sparkling story about what happens when you let someone into your life… but they turn out to want more than you’d bargained for!
Sarah Dee has the perfect life. A high-flying job in a law firm, a beautiful daughter and a house to die for. So how does she find herself looking in through the kitchen window while another woman enjoys it all?
When Sarah takes pity on a struggling young graduate who can’t get a job, she thinks she’s doing the right thing. She’s being kind, generous and helpful to others, as she always is. But as Sarah allows the younger woman into her home, her law firm and even her family, is there more to this pretty youngster than meets the eye? And could this be a good deed that goes further than expected?

Thank you so much to Claudia for stopping by the blog today. We are such big fans here at Fabulous Book Fiend and we so appreciate you answering all of our burning questions!

First question-bit of a cliche-how did you get into writing?

For me, writing wasn’t really something I got into, it was more or less a case that this was a passion I had, and that I’d been scribbling away at stories since I was a child. Then, of course, shoving them into drawers and thinking, ‘that’s rubbish, no one will ever read this.’ Took me years and a lot of discipline to actually put my very first book out there. I can still remember how terrified I was!

Do you write full time & if so, have you always done this?

I am lucky enough to write full time just now, but that said, I do have another career (acting on stage and in a TV soap) which I dip in and out of. But writing is what fills my day and I really do, hand on heart, think it the best job in the world. Writers, readers, publishers and booksellers are just the loveliest, warmest and most passionate people you could ever ask to me.

Do you have a particular writing style or genre that you prefer?

Personally, I love all genres of writing, and I’ll read absolutely anything, from historical to crime to drama to commercial fiction to broad strokes comedy. Hell, I’ll read the back of a Cornflakes box if needs be!

How do you develop your characters as you write, are any of them based on real people?

I often think that characters really do take on lives of their own, to the point that you really are living with a cast of other people in your own head. Sometimes, yes, you can see dominant character traits in others and you think, ‘imagine if a character in a book behaved that way, or thought like that.’ But honestly, most characters develop slowly over time, I find. My background in in TV soap opera, so I know of old that stories come and go, but characters are what viewers (and readers!) invest in.

What was the inspiration behind Our Little Secret?

Do you know the Bette Davis movie, All About Eve? That was a huge touchstone of mine. It’s basically about an older woman who does a good turn for a younger, hungrier one, but ultimately discovers that -  as the old saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished.

What is your writing process-do you map it out first? Write in chronological order?

Yes, I’m a plotter and have to have the broad strokes of the story mapped out before I write a line. That said though, things do change and when you work organically, sometimes the whole feel of any book can take a different direction to the one the author originally intended. Which is part of the magic, really!

 How much attention do you pay to the reviews that you get?

I try not to read them, if possible. I once read a quote that said the bad ones kill you and the good ones don’t help. Although I think the secret is, if you can read either good reviews or bad ones and not care, then you’re laughing! And if you manage to do this, please tell me how….

How do you feel leading up to your publication day?

Oh God, so nervous, I can’t tell you. Every single time. And with Our Little Secret, all the more so as there’s so much of my own blood sweat and tears in it! I’m praying readers will enjoy it and much as I loved writing it.

Which other authors inspire you or are there any you particularly enjoy reading?

So many other authors are a huge inspiration to me, with a special shout-out to the Irish gals in there, who I’m lucky enough to be pals with. Looking at you, Sinead Moriarty, Liz Nugent, Monica McInernery, Patricia Scanlan and Sheila O’Flanagan. Goddess, all of them!

Finally...what are you working on right now?

 I’ve quite literally just finished the edited draft of my new book, SECRETS OF PRIMROSE SQUARE, to be published this Spring. I love when the first draft of edits are done and I can start thinking about another brand new book…what’s not to love?!!

Can I just say, on a personal note, that I’m a huge fan of the Fabulous Book Fiend blog, you do such an amazing job and I just wanted to thank you so much for letting me be a part of it. You really a superstar. With warmest wishes, Claudia Carroll.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Cover Reveal: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green

I have another very exciting cover reveal for you today, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green is published on the 22nd March and I am very excited to share the lovely cover with you today. Here's what it's all about...

Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love! Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond CafĂ©. Renting the little flat above the cafĂ© seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating fiancĂ© Richard.
            But is running away from your past ever really the answer?
            Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zak Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond CafĂ© altogether.
            Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s little Duck Pond CafĂ© from closure?

This novella is part of a trilogy:
Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café
Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café
Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café

And here's that fab cover!

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
            Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village cafĂ©. The first, Spring at the Little Duck Pond CafĂ©, is out on March 22nd 2018.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Guest Review: The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tennant

Can new love grow when you dig up old secrets?

Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s recently engaged to the tall, dark and handsome Shay, out of her window lie rolling golden cornfields, and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning. 

But Harper is about to discover a secret that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. 

Distracted by her find, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village. And as news of Harper’s discovery spreads through Silver Hill, there are people who are keen to stir up trouble, in particular, Will Frampton, handsome recluse and Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill.

Can Harper trust any man in Silver Hill? And as relationships are tested and tea cakes begin to fly, will anyone catch the romance blossoming in the most unexpected of places?

Review: I am a great fan of Tilly Tennant's books, so I sat down to start this new story full of anticipation. I'm glad to say that I was not disappointed. I found myself lost in this tale of secrets and discoveries, intrigued right from the start. 

The story revolves around an interesting find at Silver Hill Farm, a property owned by Harper Woods, where she has achieved her dream of running a tearoom and petting zoo with best friend Pip. Harper has recently become engaged to builder Shay, and it is while he is digging out some foundations at the farm that a box containing some potentially valuable antique jewellery is unearthed. Although bringing unwanted attention from the press, the discovery leads to Harper's meeting Lord William Frampton, owner of nearby Silver Hill House a once stately Manor House, who claims the jewellery, Cesca Logan, an expert from the local museum, and Norwegian Kristofer Bakke, a local history enthusiast. As the investigation into the possible origins of the jewellery progresses, Harper begins to examine her feelings for Shay, who has secrets of his own. 

I really have enjoyed reading this story. It captured the imagination from the very start. Not only is there the puzzle of the find and the people who may have been involved in its being buried alongside the farm, there is the promise of romance growing with each page. Shay was not a likeable character at all, and I was willing Harper to see that she could do so much better. With that exception, all of the other main characters were extremely engaging. Definitely another triumph for Tilly Tennant and one that I would heartily recommend, especially if you like a bit of mystery with your romance. 

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Monday, 12 March 2018

Books and More March 2018 Haul!

I have another book haul for you today. Again rather than doubling up on a blog post listing everything and a video showing everything I'm going to share my video with you instead. All the links are in the description of the video in case you want to find out more about anything I've mentioned-enjoy!

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Cover Reveal and Prologue: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

I am so excited about today's post since I have been a fan of Nicola May for many many years! Not only do I have a cover reveal for you today, but Nicola May has also been kind enough to share the Prologue of The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay with us so you have a sneak peak!

Here's what the book is all about, buy links and author info is also available further down the page:

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy.  While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he - or she - has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.
     Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed - and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
     There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.
With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

And here's the cover.....

Isn't it gorgeous? I'm so looking forward to jumping into this world!

To pre-order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US or AU or CA

‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’
Rosa took off her bright red woolly hat and scratched the back of her head furiously, causing her dark brown curly hair to become even more unruly.
The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes. You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the corner shop in Cockleberry Bay.’
He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock on its brass clasp.
‘Here. The will stated that you - and only you - can open this, using your date of birth.’
‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said.  ‘And where exactly is this Cockleberry Bay?’
‘Devon, dear, Devon.’  The solicitor looked under his rimless glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’
‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not stupid.’
‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to foot in anticipation. He confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to know what’s in there for days.’
Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’
‘Er, no - but are you not going to . . .?’
‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on, zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’
     And she was gone.

The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman, the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s ancient legal quarter.

About Nicola May
Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.
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