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Cover Reveal. The Weekend Spa Break, by Anne John-Ligali.

Cover Reveal. The Weekend Spa Break, by Anne John-Ligali.

Today is the cover reveal for the second short story by Anne John-Ligali. You will probably remember, I did a cover reveal and a book review for the first part of this story, ‘The Big Event’, where online friends meet up in person for the first time. ‘The Big Event’ was brilliant, so I was excited to take part in the blog tour for Anne’s next story where two of the girls that met at the Big Event, go for a Spa Weekend together. My review of the book will come soon and be part of Anne’s blog tour, but for today, take a look at the beautiful cover and have a read of the blurb for The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali.

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After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

Sounds good doesn’t it? So, are you ready for the cover reveal………..

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Its beautiful isn’t it! I love the bubbles around the side of the book, giving us the idea of champagne bubbles and spa bubbles. I have read ‘The Weekend Spa’ break and loved it, but you will have to wait for my review until publication day. However, if you want to pre-order the book so you can get it on the day it is released, you can buy it HERE!

And here is a little about Author Anne John-Ligali, and the links where you can find out more about her and buy the book.

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

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My review for The Weekend Spa Break will be up next month, until then enjoy the delights of the beautiful cover. Do you love the cover? Do you like the idea of meeting the people you talk to on social media? This could be the book for you.


Posted by on April 16, 2018 in Books


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Books I Want to Read this Summer (2017)

Books I Want to Read this Summer (2017)

All times of the year are ‘reading times’, but summer brings me a little extra time as the summer holidays are here to indulge in an escape between the pages. 

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So today, I’m going to share what books I hope to read over this summer. Some will be for blog tours, some are review requests, with a very exciting arc thrown in. ;-), and I also have included a book which has been on my shelf patiently waiting since Christmas! So, lets see how we go! These are in no particular order, but feel free to recommend which to read first.

Trust me by Angela Clarke. 

I have read the previous two social media murder books in the series, and I absolutely loved them. I am so looking forward to seeing what Freddie and Naz get up to this time.

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What do you do if you witness a murder…but no-one believes you?
When Kate sees a horrific murder streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who her killer is.
Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but tensions in the police force are running high and time is ticking. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?
Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series.


Next is a review copy that I have been given. The blurb sounds good, so I’m hoping it will be a nice summer read, maybe a little funny too..?  Thank you to Author J G Dow for my copy of ‘Jane of Manchester’

Jane of Manchester, by J G Dow.

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Jane’s life on the face of it isn’t really too bad…she has great friends like party girl Natasha who’s always up for a laugh and her close pal Polly, always there for her and of course her loving parents, but things could still be better…

Most people she knows are either married or have kids and she has been single a while now and wonders if a good man is ever to be encountered again. The single life is far from a quiet one for Jane however, as she is constantly getting dragged to night clubs and bars by Natasha and the crew as well as enduring a particularly boozy weekend away at the seaside!

Jane loves a lot about her life, disregarding rude plumbers in her flat and dealing with annoying superiors and a smug sister, but as a certain someone takes her eye, is everything about to change and get a whole lot more serious or is the single life determined to keep her captive a while longer yet…


Next is for a blog tour hosted by Jenny of NeverLand Blog Tours. I love foodie books and the main character in this book has a youtube cookery channel. So, even better food and vlogs! Thank you to Jenny and Author Sylvia Ashby for my copy of ‘The Sinking Chef.’

Pot of Love, The Sinking Chef by Sylvia Ashby 


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Published April 17th 2017 by Vangtorp Volumes

Ashley has a YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much. When James calls with an offer to take her to lunch – the same James that got her fired from her dream job three years ago – she accepts. Against her better judgement, of course.
Now Ashley has all kinds of secrets and things are only going to get worse.

The Sinking Chef (Pot Love 2) is a light, enjoyable and easy to read romantic comedy. With Sylvia Ashby’s gift of humour there is plenty to laugh and smile about, but the book does have its serious moments.


Now, back to a little bit of thrilling killing! I do enjoy a good crime mystery where I can try and work out who the killer is. So, I am happy that I can read and review Cathy Cole’s new book. Thank you to Ms Cole for my copy of ‘Where there’s Smoke’.

Where there’s Smoke by Cathy Cole.


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Published March 10th 2017 by Fireborn Publishing

Firefighter Jo Woods is struggling to hold onto her job and her sanity. Banished to the backwater town of Mourne Lough, she vows to stop making waves, admit her family’s death was an accident, and that the guilt she feels is plain old survivor guilt.

Then she finds the roses and everything changes.

The killer hasn’t stopped. He’s here. In the same town. Stalking her. And once again, no one believes her.

After seven years of avoiding family and friends, Jo is alone and friendless in a strange town. In order to survive and, more importantly, bring the killer to justice, she must overcome her fears and embrace her new life. And she must do it quickly, because the killer has his sights set on her and he’s willing to kill anyone who gets in his way.

Enter Ian “Coop” Cooper, who sets Jo’s pulse fluttering and her antenna into overdrive. Does she dare trust him?

One thing Jo is clear about: this killer destroyed her life once before. No way is she going to let him do it again–no matter what it takes.



And now for that exciting arc I told you about. One of my favourite Authors has written another book which is to be published in November. I feel lucky and privileged that Meredith Schorr gifted me a copy of her book before publication. I have a feeling this will be funny and brilliant. Thank you Ms Schorr for my copy of ‘The Boyfriend Swap’

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Publication: November 7th 2017 by Henery Press

Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.

Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.


And last but certainly not least, the book that has been patiently waiting on my shelf for 6 months sounds like the perfect gritty serial killer read that has me staying up later then I should. Thank you Sharon Atkinson for my Christmas present book. I have been looking forward to reading it since you gave it to me. 

Strangers by Paul Finch.



A stranger is just a killer you haven’t met yet…

The SUNDAY TIMES bestseller returns with the next big thing to hit the shelves. If you haven’t discovered Paul Finch yet, this book will have you hooked.

Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life: as PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is.

But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there’s no other option and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.

And, unknown to Lucy, she’s already treading it.

So, that is my ‘to be read’ list for the next few weeks. I hope they will all be good. Has anyone read any of them? any recommendations of which one to start with? Or thoughts on any of them?

Whats on your summer reading list this year, let me know in the comments. 


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Posted by on July 29, 2017 in Books


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Interview with Rico Lamoureux. Author of Riker’s Calling.

Interview with Rico Lamoureux. Author of Riker’s Calling.

 Today I am very happy to be able to share with you an Author interview with Rico Lamoureux, Author to fantastic new crime thriller ‘Riker’s Calling’.  Rico’s new book is available for pre-order now. His publication day is August 4th. I shared my book review of ‘Riker’s Calling’ here on ChocolatePages. If you read my review, book description and Rico’s thoughts here, I’m quite sure you will be interested in the 25% off price that you can get the book for if you pre order.

You can read my review of Riker’s Calling HERE!

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Would you like to start by telling us a little about yourself?

Sure:) In a nutshell, I’m an American author who has been living in the Philippines for fourteen years now. Very long story short, I met the girl of my dreams and we fell in love. After knowing each other in person for only two weeks, (and a few letters over six months as pen pals) we got married. I was unable to acquire a marriage visa for her due to income restraints, and so unable to leave her for who knew how long, I decided to stay. 

My whole life ended up turning upside down, losing the comforts of a First World country and having to adapt to Third World harshness, but for true love, I did it. (Yeah, just as dramatic as one of my books, only this story is true!)

As an indie author I’m still trying to write my way back home. I don’t know if I’ll ever meet that income limit to reach such a goal, but I have no regrets, my main priority now being to at least be able to make enough as an author to where we can finally have the priceless gift of a child. I think after fourteen years of perseverance and patience we deserve such:)

I’ve read that you are classified as legally blind this must make writing much more difficult, but perhaps much more satisfying?

Yes, VERY difficult. And this is why I couldn’t get a ‘normal’ job back in 2002 to get that visa. I’m totally blind in my left eye and legally blind in the right due to Acute Retinal Necrosis. I just know that if I had 20/20 I’d feel like I had a super power, and be at least 100% more productive than I currently am capable of, but this was the card I was dealt, so I just have to make the best of it, pacing myself so as not to strain my remaining sight as I read and write with a magnifying glass held up to my eye. 

Riker’s Calling must have taken some imagination! to portray the mind of a serial killer. What was your inspiration or thought process for this novella?

With writing, as with anything else in life, I feel it’s important to be in alignment with truth, so as far as writing a serial killer, this means lots of research– to know their thought process, impulses, etc. And yes, then there’s the writer’s best friend– imagination. 

I believe a great story requires being true to all the characters. In other words, an author needs to care enough for each to understand them and do them justice. For example, an antagonist doesn’t see themselves as bad. In their mind they’re doing what’s right, so one has to capture such when writing. Walking that thin line between serving all involved and story is what’s crucial to great storytelling. 

I can imagine that ‘Riker’s Calling‘ would make a great film, would this be something you would be interested in?

I’m glad you were able to pick up on that! I have a number of publications out, but I believe the two most cinematic are Riker’s Calling and my dramatic horror story, The Mirrored Staircase. I studied screenwriting in film school, (one year before my eye condition affected my right eye, the left one having been affected eleven years prior and left totally blind.) 

I take an organic approach to writing, which is why each one of my novellas is truly different, the story idea of each telling me how it wants to unfold. So yeah, with Riker’s Calling, it really did come to life like a film, and if given the chance, I really believe it would do well up on the big screen.

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Riker could be next!

There is a nice quote from Riker’s ‘Niece’ Jaime in the story: 

“Treat your passion like a pastime, you’re a hobbyist. Treat it like it’s your life, you’re an artist.”

Is this how you see your writing, as an artist?

Absolutely! I studied a number of arts during my younger years, including a combat-oriented martial art, acting, and music. But the art of words is what I have been a practitioner of since childhood, and continue to be. Any artist knows that magical feeling of creation, and for me it’s writing. 

What’s next for you?

If Riker’s Calling does well out in the wide vastness of cyber space, which would be a feat in and of itself, I plan to release a companion book for it, revealing a lot of things behind the story, including a secret within the cover. 

I’ll also be releasing my autobiography soon, and maybe even a few more surprises no later than Christmas:) This will all be shared on my social media, and when it comes to twitter, I follow all who follow me, as I feel it’s the right thing to do. 

And whats next for Riker?

Riker has a natural instinct to protect, and with that kind of warrior’s heart he’s going to have to face The Ghostwriter, a disenfranchised writer who snapped and is now wreaking deadly havoc on the publishing industry. (His origin is told in the short story The Ghostwriter, which is now up on Amazon).

This is going to get really personal for Riker, because for the first time in a very long time he will open his heart to someone, The Ghostwriter a looming threat to such happiness.

 As a writer, I imagine that you enjoy reading too? Who are your favourite Authors?

I like to say that my four indirect literary teachers were Stephen King, Robert Cormier, Anne Rice, and Ken Follett. I’ve been trying to get King’s attention to see if he’d be a hero that would blurb The Mirrored Staircase, so if anyone out there knows him…LOL!

You’ve also been on another mission, haven’t you? One involving a tattoo?

Yep! If Riker’s Calling becomes my first bestseller, I’m going to get the cover of it tattooed to my forearm. (Prime real estate, as Jaime would say!) It’ll be my first, and I’m not a fan of needles, but such a milestone would be very important to me:)

Thanks for the great interview, Amanda!



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Posted by on August 2, 2016 in author interviews


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside USA #TTT

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside USA #TTT



This weekly feature is hosted and originated from Broke and Bookish. I don’t usually participate, but as I have a little more time this month, I decided to write a post for this week. If you visit Broke and Bookish, you will see all the other topics for Top Ten Tuesdays. Today’s topic is……

Books Set Outside of America.

So, Books Set Outside USA. It is true, a lot of books are based in America, so this will be an interesting topic to find some books based in other countries. I look forward to getting some good recommendations from other bookbloggers on this topic. Please link your posts in the comments, so I can read yours too.  ♥

I have read all of the books I am recommending, and you can read my reviews from the links below.

I will begin with a few based in my own country – U.K.


1. Death by Dangerous.


This is one of my favourite books EVER! It is so gripping and page turning. It is a crime thriller based in England, which made it even better for me, because the legal system is the same in the book as where I live. (Not the case in American books). MY REVIEW!

2. A Strangers House

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This book is set in Cambridge. Its a tale of suspense, a little romance and a certain way to make you wary if you have ever decided to try house sitting! MY REVIEW!


3. A Death in the Valley

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Wales is where I grew up,so I was excited to read this book. It is a book of twists, turns and mystery. I loved it, and you can see why here with MY REVIEW.



4. The Sheep, The Haggis, The Sister in Law and The Drunken Trip to Glasgow.


Ok, so I was drawn to this one because of the weird title, but also because it was based in Scotland (where I live now). It is a short story and every part of the title has an inclusion in the book. It is a really strange read, but one I did enjoy. See why here in MY REVIEW.

One for the Caribbean (And a bit in the U.K).

5. Coffee tea the Caribbean and Me.

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Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors. This book has a prequel ‘Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me’. However, ‘Caribbean and Me’ can be read as a stand alone or after the first one. The scenes in the Caribbean are so idyllic and made me want to go on holiday the whole time I was reading it. Caroline starts this book with the strap line:

“The Time to be Happy is Now”

 I loved it, you can see why in MY REVIEW.



Japan Guide…less, Emails from Japan by Nicole D’Arcangelo

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This book is based on the Author’s travels in Japan while she was teaching there. It is written in a series of emails and journal entries, which I liked as you could read short bits at a time or longer if you had more time. I loved hearing about the different ways of life, the food, the habits, what they consider to be polite….and rude. It is a really interesting book. You can read MY REVIEW here.



7. Anne of Green Gables.


This is my favourite book ever, and surprisingly, I have no review for it! I do have an Anne of Green Gable Christmas haul, which you can see HERE.    Anne Shirley is an orphan girl, adopted by a brother and sister who live in Avonlea in Canada. Anne is so optimistic, inspiring and funny. This is a book I recommend to everyone.



8. Her Australian Summer

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 This is a cute little novella based in Australia. It is a lovely summer read, short, sweet and enjoyable. You can read MY REVIEW

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9. Blue Sun Yellow Sky – based on travel


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 I found this book to be truly inspirational. The main character Aubrey is going blind, but decides to travel the world in the 6 weeks while she still has some sight. We read about her travels in China, India, Rome, Paris amongst many other places. One of my favourite quotes is:

“Just because you can’t see the stage, doesn’t mean you can’t dance on it!”

This book has a safe place in my heart as it is brilliantly written, allows the reader to see the world through Aubrey’s eyes and imagination, and is inspiring. Here is MY REVIEW.


10. The Sunshine and Biscotti Club

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This is a perfect summer read, where a group of friends are in Italy for the summer to revamp a Baking School Hotel. The book includes all things I love; friends, food and the sunshine. You can read MY REVIEW here.


So, there are my ten recommendations for books set outside of the USA. I hope you like the sound of them. If you have any good recommendations of books set outside America, or if you participated in this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, then let me know in the comments below.



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Posted by on July 19, 2016 in Books


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The TBR Tag.

The TBR Tag.

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This is the TBR Tag, in other words, the books I have to read and have not read yet!! I have only included books that I currently have. I think there are lots more books that I want to read, but I haven’t got yet.

I saw this tag on Katie’s site, link below: Thank you for this Katie.  😉

I thought it was a really fun post to do, so I’m giving it a go. I won’t officially tag anybody, but if you do this tag, leave me your link below so I can see your answers.

Enjoy! Here goes:



1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I was lucky enough to win a book journal. It is one of the best prizes that I have won, because I can keep a list of all of my books, and as I read them I can also make notes along the way for my review. I also have a list on Goodreads, though I don’t think this is completely up to date! Plus it has lots of books on it that I don’t yet own.

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2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Mostly ebook, I think that’s because I have been accepting so many books to review and I have them piled up on my kindle. I have quite a few print books too, some bought myself and some review copies. 

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Mostly it’s based on what I have agreed to review. My reviewing time at the moment is about 2 months ahead because I have so many, so I have my line up of tbr’s in order for the next while. However, if I get offered one that sounds really amazing, I sometimes bump it up my list.

4. A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?

Probably ‘A Season to Remember’ by Sheila Flanagan. I received this as a Christmas gift, I didn’t read it at Christmas and it got pushed back. It’s the kind of book I want to read at Christmas or at least winter. So, it’s been waiting a while. When I do read it, I’m sure I will love it. It will be cold and snowy outside and the spicy scented candles are burning and I’m drinking hot chocolate.

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5. A book you recently added to your TBR?

The latest one that was added to my list is ‘Kidnapped by Nuns’ by Bob Fuss. Bob is a retired CBS News Correspondent, and I think he will have some amazing takes to tell. I am exited to read this.



6. A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover?

I wouldn’t read a book solely based on its cover, but the covers do bring me in to read the blurb. I do like books with beautiful covers, they look so enticing to read. One I recently requested from NetGalley is The Coincidence Of Coconut Cake, by Amy E Reichert. This cover is lovely and so enticing, don’t you think?!

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7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

I plan to read them all….. eventually!  😉


8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

‘For the Love of Ash’ by Taylor Lavati looks like a lovely book all about the importance of family and love. I have been given a copy of this by the author in exchange for an honest review. I love to receive arc copies, and I’m really looking forward to reading this. This is due to be released this month.


9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you?

I think this would have to be ‘Chocolate Wishes’ by Trisha Ashley. This has been out since 2010, so I think most people who like the same kind of books as me, would have read this. I love the cover of this book, so quaint and lovely looking. I think it looks like a perfect book for a chocoholic book lover like me! If you have read this, let me know how fantastic it is. I promise I will read this soon, it looks so delightful.

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10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

I was recommended to read this by AJ from

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell. AJ told me this book was totally amazing, I read her review of it and it sounds a very creepy book, but really good too. AJ raved about it so much, that I really am looking forward to reading it. 

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11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

A book which really is next on my tbr list because it look so good is ‘Japan Guide..Less: Emails’ from Japan by Nicole D’Arcangelo. This book looks so funny and brilliant. I also think I will be able to relate to it really well because it’s about a lady’s life teaching English and surviving in a foreign country, which I have done and loved.




12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

At the moment my Goodreads TBR list is at 33. I’m think I could probably add a few more to it, but 33 is plenty to keep me going for a while. I started the Goodreads challenge this year and said I would read 30 books this year, so far I have read 7, so I’m doing well.



That was a fun tag to do, if any of you bookbloggers or readers want to join in, then please do. Let me know some of your answers or add me your link to your post below. I’d love to hear from you. 



Posted by on March 14, 2015 in Books, Tags


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The Festive Tag.

The Festive Tag.




With December just arriving, I think its time to do my Festive Tag. I was tagged by Charlotte who blogs at and Tweets @CharSwinhoe  

Thank you for the tag Charlotte, what a great way to start off December and enjoy the beginning of the festivities.  So, I have 15 favourite festive things to think of, let’s get started! ♥  

1. Favourite Festive Food: Well, anyone who knows me will know that this answer has to be chocolate. But I also love Christmas cheese and cranberry sauce, the sauce makes it more Christmassy for me! Yum.

2. Favourite Reindeer: I actually don’t know that many reindeer names? So, I think I will have to say Rudolf! That cute red nose. ♥

3. Favourite Day from the 12 Days of Christmas:  “Two Turtle Doves….”?? is that right?? If this question means the song, then that. If it means the actual 12 days of Christmas, then of course Christmas day, though I love Christmas Eve too. Err, bit confused there.

4. Favourite Christmas Song: I love The X Factor, so usually at Christmas I like whatever they have as their Christmas hit. Of the well known Christmas songs, I like ‘Mistletoe and Wine’.I love listening to Christmas music as I put my decorations up and wrap the gifts.

5. Favourite Christmas Present: I think my Kindle was my best recent gift, I use it everyday and I tweet A LOT from it! I have had loads of fabulous gifts over time. I have been very lucky. Honestly though, I think I give great gifts too!  😉

6. Favourite Christmas Film:  I love Mary Poppins, it just reminds me of Christmas. Chim chiminee, chim chiminee chim chim churoo!!

7. Favourite Cracker Toy: Honestly, they are all rubbish. I just like to pull them and win. I don’t care what the prize is, they are all bad!

8. Favourite Cracker Joke: Again, all rubbish!! The jokes are not as bad as the toys, the jokes can be so bad they are amusing.

9. Favourite Christmas Decoration: A very easy one this, it has to be the Christmas tree, I love to decorate it and I love to have all our gifts underneath it.

10. Favourite Candle Scent: Usually throughout they year, I like linen type smells. But at Christmas time, the scent of trees or cinnamon is best.

11. Favourite Christmas Advert : The Bear’s Christmas, by John Lewis. The song that went with it was great too.

12. Favourite Christmas Tradition: Well, this isn’t a worldly tradition, but its become a tradition for my Husband and I. We go to a market on Christmas eve, there is great festive spirit there, it stays open until midnight and its cheap! We usually get each other a last Christmas gift and have something nice to eat. I love it. 

13. Favourite Place to Spend Christmas: At home with my Husband. Cosy with lots of treats makes it perfect.

14. Favourite Christmas Fact: I like the fact that it is Jesus’ birthday. That’s the reason we all celebrate.

15. Favourite Snowman Accessory: The carrot! We don’t often get piles and piles of snow enough for snowmen, but when we do its great fun adding the carrot for its nose.

I’m going to throw the snowball to some other bloggers that I’m sure will be getting into the festive spirit of things. I hope you enjoyed reading my answers, I look forward to reading yours. Anyone who wants to join in, please leave me your link so I can read your answers.

I tag:

Kat from  @Kat_thebooknerd

Cara from   @carawritesstuff 

Viola from  @violahelen_

AJ from  @ajcraftybox

If anyone else wants to do it too, that would be amazing. Lets spread lots of Christmas joy!  ♦



Posted by on November 27, 2014 in Tags


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Liebster Award.

                                 I was nominated for a LIEBSTER AWARD!!!!! award Thank you so much to Lyndsey,  @shoegal1982

She has a fantastic new blog, which I absolutely recommend you check out.

I haven’t been blogging for that long, so I wasn’t sure what this award was. After reading a bit about it, it seems a great way for bloggers to get to know other bloggers and a great way for you to get your blog out there.

I love blogging, but its taking time to get followers and for my reader figures to rise. Although I’m writing for me because I enjoy it, I also would be happy if I got more followers and if more people read my posts.

Therefore, being nominated for this is FAB.chocolate-heart-of-chocolate1

So, a quick review of what The Liebster Award is, and the rules:

1. Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Write 11 random facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions you have been asked from the blogger who nominated you.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and set them 11 questions to answer. *

* Of the bloggers I have nominated, most I can see have under 200 followers, though some blogs do not show their numbers. They are all fabulous blogs that I love though.


Some random facts about me:

1. I had the most amazing Wedding to my soul mate last year.

2. I work with Autistic children and love it.









3. If I could only live of one food for the rest of my life, I’d choose chocolate.

4. I love the smell of bacon, but not the taste as much.

5. No matter how many times I’ve tried I can’t make a good brownie.

6. I love cats and don’t like dogs.

7. I worked in Thailand for 2 years and loved it.

8. I travelled around Mexico for 3 months and loved it.

9. I have 2 brothers who are both very clever.

10. I don’t get on with my sister in law. (sadly)

11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate and reading chick lit books.    (hence my blog name).


Now to answer Lyndsey’s questions to me:

1. The Starbucks drink of my choice is an Americano. (though occasionally I indulge in a hot chocolate!).

2. I started blogging because I always liked to write in school, I was inspired by other bloggers, and its a great way to ‘get my thoughts out’.

3. I am a night owl far more than a morning bird, although I don’t like to stay up to late or I tend to waste the next day.

4. My favourite ever film is Anne of Green Gables. I just love it and chuckle everytime I hear “Could you please call me Cordelia?”

And the quote from her teacher – “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it”. Fabulous.








5. The one make up item I can’t do without is powder. (I have oily skin).

6. My favourite childhood memory is Christmas day with my Mum, Dad and 2 brothers. That doesn’t happen anymore. Presents, breakfast, more presents, lunch, play, tv, chocolate. PERFECT.

7. My celebrity crush is Cristano Ronaldo! ron-1 8. My dream holiday destination would be India, (Probably Goa, then travel round a bit). goa-india   9. Out of Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte, I would be Charlotte, quieter, loyal, a bit prudish!


10. If I could change something about myself it would be my chattiness. I would love to be able to talk more in social situations. I feel I am far too quiet. I envy those who can walk into a room and instantly have great conversations with anyone.

11. My biggest regret is……. actually to painful to write about. Sorry.    :- (


Now, here are my questions for you…… I look forward to reading your answers.

1. Sweet or savoury?

2. What made you start blogging?

3. Cats or dogs?

4. Who is your favourite author?

5. Tell me one interesting fact about you?

6. Who would be your 3 ideal dinner guests, (dead, alive, famous or not)?

7. What would you serve them?

8. What’s your all time favourite tv show?

9. What’s your ideal date?

10. Who is your celebrity crush?

11. Tell me 2 of your favourite bloggers?

I hope those questions are ok, I look forward to reading your answers.


And finally  the fabulous Bloggers that I nominate:

1. Verity at       @WildeV

2. Clare at              @ABookandTea

3.                        @thereadersroost

4. Katy at                               @notwedordead

5. Charlene at       @hellosweety26

6. Cara at             @carawritesstuff

7. Jill at                 @jillstratton

8. Carly at             @carlyblogshere

9. Laura at                                     @LollyLovesx

10. Bee at             @BeeReader

11. Susi at        @Read_Wine_Blog

I love all of your blogs, and look forward to reading the answers that you give and the many more posts that you blog about.

Thank you for reading and taking part. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Goodbye for now, till next time……


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