Book Spotlight for A Christmas Wish

Book Spotlight

Title:  A Christmas Wish

Author Name: Erin Green

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Release Date: 1/08/17

Publisher: Aria

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Book Blurb:

Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn’t want you – who will?

Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep.

But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it’s so much easier to know where you’re going.

A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.





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Author Bio:

Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. She writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and copious amounts of tea. Erin was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017 and previously, Love Stories ‘New Talent Award’ in 2015.

Author Social Media:

Facebook: @ErinGreenAuthor

Twitter: @ErinGreenAuthor


Interview with Rosie Clarke

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It is such a honour to have Rosie Clarke appear on my blog. I am a big fan and loved her latest book The Girls of Mulberry Lane.

Here is our interview:

Tell us about your new book?

The Girls of Mulberry Lane is a WW11 drama about a community of East End folk. Set during the run up to and the beginning of the war, it tells of how the shadow of war affects lives even before a shot is fired. Peggy, the local landlady and friend to many, is aware that the rift in her marriage is growing wider, perhaps exacerbated by her husband’s memories of the first big war, and also his reluctance to let his daughter Janet grow up and find her own happiness. Maureen is also a main character and the war brings new factors into her life, which has been one of duty tied to her father’s shop. This is the first of a series, which follows the lives of these characters and brings in many more new ones weaving them into intricate plots of love, life and death as the shadow of war deepens.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Peggy is one of the main characters and she is the pivot around which the local life swirls. It is to Peggy that her friends go in trouble and she is there holding the threads of normality in a world that is falling to pieces around them. Even though her own life is in turmoil, Peggy is there for her daughter Janet, Maureen and the other folk in her lane in need of help.

How much research do you do?

I research particular events to give the book authenticity, but most of it is down to memories of London soon after the war, early fifties, and my grandmother’s stories of what London was like when she was young. My father was brought up in London and sometimes had no shoes for school when times were hard; also I watch everything going about that time and read as many books on the times and area as I can. It’s just sort of there and if I make mistakes they’re the result of being too caught up with the plot, which sometimes makes me forget which month or year we’re in. Luckily, my editors always pull me up if I make a slip so we usually iron out any little faults before the book goes to print.

What genre are your books and what draws you to this genre?

I write sagas these days, mostly set in London, and often around the time of WW11 or just after. The era of the fifties is very much mine, but I heard so much of the war and I experienced the shortages as a small child. I have vivid memories of no sweets and very little fruit in the forties. I suppose I just feel that I belong to this era even though I was very young when the war ended, but it is a part of me.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I began by writing historical romances, which were the books I loved to read when I was younger. I read them from a very young age and began to write them when I was first married. It took me quite a while to leave my rose-tinted glasses behind and go for something closer to the truth and a lot less romantic, though I still like a good love story as the heart of the book.

Do you have a favourite place to write?

Yes, I have a lovely big study, where I have a desk and a printer and all the rest, but I write sitting in a comfortable chair on my laptop. I have two so that if one plays up I can transfer to the other and don’t lose lots of writing time, which sends me mad. I can look out at the drive and some bushes, which are pretty in spring and summer, and the roses are gorgeous just now.

What is your writing process?

Very simple. I just get an idea and start. I research when and as I need to but if you do reams of it, you put too much in and it reads like a history lesson, so I just get on with the story and build the atmosphere and background gradually. I do a synopsis only when my publisher asks for one – or my agent says we need a new contract. I need to have written several chapters before I’m sure enough of my story to write the outline. So, back to front if you like. I’m not a forty page synopsis writer. I just go with my gut – or my heart. Once the tears start to fall as I write I know I’m on the right track.

How do you come up with your ideas?

That’s where the thinking comes in. I know it’s time to start a new book so I think about what kind of setting we want. Is it 1940’s or perhaps 1912-1918? Once you decide that you can picture the streets, what they looked like, what kind of houses, shops etc.; is it town or a country village? Now we have a sweet shop and a girl working behind the counter. Is she pretty or plain? That will probably decide if she has a boyfriend or someone who wants her – and is her father a tyrant? Well, of course he is, because there is your story right there. If you can’t write a book on those few facts you’re not a storyteller. Variations of setting and theme give you different types of stories, but war or industrial conflict like strikes and the depression, people out of work and desperate for money, are very helpful for plot ideas.

From your novels do you have a favourite character?

There are so many and the current hero is usually favourite. At the moment one of my favourites is Tom Barton in the Mulberry Lane series. He’s too young to be the hero yet, but he carries a plot well and I really like him. If the series goes long enough he is sure to become a hero in the end.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

I have a website, which lists the books and tells a little about me. However, Aria’s own website is very useful for lots of information, not only on me but so many other good books. You can sign up for their newsletter. I have a twitter account @Anne Herries and my websites are:

Book Spoltlight for It Was Always You

Book Spotlight


Title: It Was Always You

Author Name: Georgie Capron

Previous Books:   JUST THE TWO OF US is out now:




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Genre: Romance, women’s fiction

Release Date: 1/08/17

Publisher: Aria

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Book Blurb:

Libby has been drifting through life for too long and, now in her early 30’s, it’s time to grow up. She decides to have one last summer of fun before buckling down, so heads off to beautiful Positano in Italy.

There, despite all her good intentions, she can’t help but fall a little in love with the very handsome, but rather naughty, Luca and, as the summer draws to a close, Libby has some big decisions to make.

Should she head back home and face up to her responsibilities? Is Luca really the right man to start a family with, or has the perfect man been right in front of her eyes all this time?

And, when it comes to affairs of the heart, is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?





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Author Bio:

Georgie Capron lives in South West London with her husband. She works as a primary school teacher, and writes during the holidays. She studied Italian and History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and loves travelling, yoga and all sorts of arts and crafts.

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Facebook: @GeorgieCapron

Twitter: @GeorgieCapron


You are Loved by Jo Platt

Reviews heading (7).pngTitle: You are Loved

Author: Jo Platt

Blurb: Sometimes, life needs a rewrite…

Author Grace Waterhouse has hit rock bottom. Her ex-husband has just had a baby with his new partner and her latest novel is… well, the less said the better.

Desperate for distraction, Grace impulsively takes on a friend’s cleaning job, parachuting herself into a new social circle including an eccentric OAP, a heartbroken twenty-something and one James Brooke, an enigmatic lawyer with an unblinking stare.

Add to this mix an anxious literary agent, a hairdresser who doesn’t mince words and a newly repentant ex-husband, and Grace’s career break proves to be more breathless than breather.

They say that all you need is love – but what if that’s the one thing you haven’t got?

The heart-warming, funny and unputdownable new novel from bestseller Jo Platt is perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Anna Bell and Joanna Bolouri.

Publisher: Canelo

Review: Well what can I say about You are Loved? Jo will be loved by millions on publication day which is the 14th, the same day the blog tour stops off at Chellsandbooks. I love this book. It has been a book that I am currently still reading and that is because I don’t want it to be over but on the other hand I need to find out what happens. I have now brought Jo’s other books so I can get my fix once I have finished this one. I am only a few pages away.

This book is so well written. Each chapter ends on a mini cliff hanger which means you just have to keep on reading. Such a clever skill to have as a writer. The plot is great. I thought I knew how the plot would go but I was proved wrong the further I read. I am now really excited to read the last few chapters.

I can completely relate to Grace who is our heroine but my favourite character would have to be Percy. She could have a whole novel written for her.

This is the first book of Jo’s I have read and I was not disappointed this is by far the best book I have read in a while and I know this is going to be a great success for Jo.

Below is a link to the book so you can see for yourself what all the fuss is about. See also my other posts, the book spotlight on this book and author and also an extract from the book.





An extract for You are Loved by Jo Platt

An ExtractHere is an extract from the book You are Loved by Jo Platt.



Aiden hesitated, his hand resting on the latch of the unopened front door.

I gazed at him, feeling strangely detached and wondering if this would be the moment when he would blame, or explain, or apologise and attempt some sort of situation retrieval. I also wondered what my reaction might be if he did.

He turned and looked over his shoulder at me. ‘Solicitors then,’ he said quietly.

His expression left me uncertain whether it was a question or a statement, but I said nothing in reply. I wasn’t being strong, or playing a part. I simply didn’t have anything more to say. He had broken my trust, broken my heart and shown no remorse. This ending, this exit, might, I reflected, actually be the least painful part of the process to date.

He glanced at the stairs. ‘I’ll email about the rest of my things.’

So, no situation retrieval then.

He turned, opened the door and left without another word.

I’m not sure how long I remained standing in the hallway, staring at the glossed white surface of the front door, but I moved only when my mobile rang. I took it from my pocket and looked at the screen. It was Simone.

‘Hi, Sim.’

‘Hi, Grace. Is it OK to talk?’ Her tone was gentle and uncertain.

‘Yes, he’s gone.’

‘Did you agree anything?

‘We agreed that it’s over.’

There was a pause before she spoke again. ‘Guy is home. Shall I come round? Or you could come here? Stay over, if you like.’

I shook my head.

‘Grace? Are you still there?’

‘Yes, sorry, I’m here,’ I said. ‘Thanks for the offer, but I’m really tired tonight. Maybe another night? Would that be OK?’

‘Of course. Shall I call you tomorrow morning and we’ll fix something up?’

‘Great,’ I said.

Another pause. ‘Are you OK? How are you feeling?’

I smiled into the phone, as if the unseen facial expression would make what I was about to say sound more convincing. ‘I just want to draw a line under it all, and I can do that now. So I actually feel OK.’

‘That’s good to hear,’ she said.

I thought I heard a note of relief in her voice, and I was pleased for her sake that she seemed to believe me. There was no point, I decided, in telling her that I didn’t think I’d ever be able to draw a line under Aiden. And as we said our goodbyes and my forced smile fell away, I knew there was certainly no point in telling her that what I actually felt was unloved.

Book Spotlight for You are Loved by Jo Platt

Book SpotlightHere is a book spotlight for You are Loved by Jo Platt. Today the Blog Tour stops with me here at chellsandbooks.

I will also be posting an extract from the book so do check out my next post too.

Title: You Are Loved

Author Name: Jo Platt

Previous Books (if applicable): Reading Upside Down & It Was You

 Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 14th August 2017

 Publisher: Canelo

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Book Blurb:

Sometimes, life needs a rewrite…

Author Grace Waterhouse has hit rock bottom. Her ex-husband has just had a baby with his new partner and her latest novel is… well, the less said the better.

Desperate for distraction, Grace impulsively takes on a friend’s cleaning job, parachuting herself into a new social circle including an eccentric OAP, a heartbroken twenty-something and one James Brooke, an enigmatic lawyer with an unblinking stare.

Add to this mix an anxious literary agent, a hairdresser who doesn’t mince words and a newly repentant ex-husband, and Grace’s career break proves to be more breathless than breather.

They say that all you need is love – but what if that’s the one thing you haven’t got?

The heart-warming, funny and unputdownable new novel from bestseller Jo Platt is perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Anna Bell and Joanna Bolouri.

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Author Bio: Jo Platt was born in Liverpool in 1968 and, via the extremely winding route of rural Wiltshire, London, Seattle and St Albans, she is now happily settled in Bristol with her husband and two daughters. She studied English at King’s College London before going on to work in the City for ten years. In 2000 she escaped into motherhood and part-time employment, first as an assistant teacher in a Seattle pre-school and then was a Bristol-based secretary to her husband.

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Crazy Stupid Love by Cassie Rocca

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Title: Crazy Stupid Love

Author: Cassie Rocca

Blurb: After enduring a string of dead-end relationships, Zoe Mathison has made a decision – to find a man who truly appreciates her. But this is turning out to be more complicated than she expected. Fed up of being surrounded by insufferably happy couples in love, her mission to find the perfect man starts to become an obsession.

Eric Morgan is pushed to his limits. Hopelessly in love with Zoe, who sees him as nothing more than a best friend to lean on, he can’t bear seeing his hopes of romance crushed every time the sculpted pecs of a younger man comes along. But when a new girl appears on the scene, he is determined to prove that he can push his infatuation aside and move on. But is it as easy as it seems?

In the romantic and bustling city of New York, will Zoe and Eric‘s hilarious misadventures attract Cupid’s arrow?

Publisher: Aria

Review: I loved this book. It is a romance where what you have always wanted has been right there the whole time.

Cassie Rocca has a way with words, creating scenes where the conversations between characters feels either tense or funny, in depth and the friendship and romance shines through.

The title sums the story up perfectly. It is based on how friendship can get in the way of true love. Through some really laugh out loud moments and crazy antics the two main characters start a journey to find true love. I am not giving away where Cupid’s arrow lands but this is a story well worth reading, just make sure you have a suitable amount of time set aside for this book.

Really looking forward to more from Cassie Rocca 10/10 for this crazy journey to love.