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Book Review: Twin Piques by Tracie Banister

Book Review: Twin Piques by Tracie Banister

When Author Tracie Banister contacted me to ask me if I would like to read and review her book Twin Piques, I thought straight away it would be a book I would enjoy. Just look at the cover!! The genre is Chick Lit, which is one of my favourite genres, so I had high hopes for this book.

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Description:

Forensic accountant Sloane Tobin and kooky pet psychic Willa may have the same face, but that’s the only thing these identical twins have in common.

How she can read the hearts and minds of animals has always been a mystery to Willa, and her rotten luck with men is equally baffling. Although she’s been looking for “The One” for what feels like forever (A teenage marriage to a French mime and dating a guy named Spider seemed like good ideas at the time!), optimistic Willa refuses to give up on love. When she meets Brody, the handsome rose expert hired to save her grandmother’s garden, she’s instantly smitten, but why does he keep sending her mixed signals? Does he return her feelings, or is their attraction all in her fanciful head?

 Unlike her twin, Sloane has zero interest in romance. Her passion is her job, where she uses her gift for numbers to take down slimy embezzlers and asset-hiding spouses. When she’s assigned two high profile cases, Sloane feels confident the promotion she’s been angling for is within her grasp. But will her plan to climb the corporate ladder be thwarted by difficult clients, her co-worker-with-benefits, or – most surprisingly of all – her own sister? And how’s she supposed to stay focused on the drama at work when her childhood friend, Gav, moves in next door and the spark between them becomes impossible to ignore? To get what they both want, can Willa and Sloane band together and rely on each other’s strengths? Or will their differences drive them apart once and for all? 

 

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My Thoughts:

I was totally taken straight away by the cover of this book, and it does do the book justice. The cover very cleverly depicts just how I imagined the twins Sloane and Willa to be.

I really really enjoyed this book. Tracie Bannister has done an excellent job of portraying 2 different characters who share the same DNA, but are so different in their personalities. I always liked the idea of being a twin and these 2 girls are great. Different in their ways but have that sisterly bond.

This book is so modern and so now! There are mentions of ‘Pinterest‘, ‘Orange is the New Black‘ and ‘The Rachel’ haircut! – that was Willa!! 

The Author has brilliant descriptive words within her tales, so that the images that she has created just slide into our imaginations with such clear pictures.

“Josh smiles broadly, looking as creepy and carnivorous as Lewis Carroll’s cat”

Out of the two twins, I can relate to Willa more so, she is laid back and enjoys the simple things in life. She also loves her food and when I read about her drink choice, I loved her even more.

The Dreamer … it’s made from pink lemonade and Bacardi rum and it’s topped with whipped cream!” – doesn’t that sound delicious. 

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The Dreamer – maybe something like this?! Yum! 😉

Sloane on the other hand, “hates when advertising animates food,” (M&M’s).

This book is a romantic comedy, there is romance and there is comedy. I did chuckle throughout the pages at the scrapes and tales of the characters.

“..when everybody was doing the count down to midnight, she started spewing pink, glittery barf everywhere, all over her date, all over the carpet, all over Sue Wong’s dress. Sonya was so mad; she kept shrieking, ‘There’s puke on my Ostrich feathers!’ “  – doesn’t that create such an image and such a laugh!! 

Although this is a romantic comedy chick lit book, it is not predictable. There are parts especially towards the end that I didn’t see coming. There is lots more to the story than just ‘girl meets boy’, there is excitement, comedy, surprise and intrigue.

I loved this book, I shall definitely be reading more from Tracie Bannister. This was my first, but it certainly won’t be my last.


 

Links:

GOODREADS

AMAZON USA

AMAZON UK

TWITTER – TRACIE BANISTER


 

If you have read this or any of Tracie’s other books I would love to hear your thoughts? Which twin did you relate to more so?

Or, if my review has inspired you to read this book, let me know. Or of you have any recommendations or any other comments, please leave them below. I’d love to hear from you.

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Posted by on January 30, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

Anyone who knows about my love of books, will also know my love for Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood and her lovely Husband Luke. I have been waiting for a long time to read this book, as if you have read the last Shopaholic book, you will remember the ending…… 

You can read this book as a standalone, but I would recommend reading all of the Shopaholic books, as they are fantastic.

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Description:

Becky Bloomwood and a hilarious cast of beloved family and friends (plus one enemy!) set off in a van to find her missing father, last heard from in Las Vegas.

Becky’s father Graham and her best friend’s husband, Tarquin, have disappeared from Los Angeles saying simply they have “something to take care of.”

But Tarquin’s wife Suze who is Becky’s best friend, and Becky’s mother Jane, are convinced the two men are hiding something and are in danger—their imaginations run wild. They must track them down!

Hijinks ensue as husband Luke drives Becky, daughter Minnie, Jane, Suze and other favorite Kinsella characters across country from LA to Las Vegas in search of the missing men.

Becky feels deeply guilty about ignoring her father while he was in LA, in addition Becky feels her enemy Alicia is threatening her friendship with Suze.


 

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My Thoughts:

Well, as usual Sophie Kinsella has not let me down. This is the follow up from the last book that I have been waiting so long for. Sophie brings back all the usual great characters that I know and love. Becky is her usual quirky, lovely funny self. There are a few changes in her within this book which make the story more interesting. You would think that after so many Shopaholic books that the Author would run out of ideas to make the story fun and a page turner, but I can say that I enjoyed this one and as soon as I finished it I was hoping for the next one.

I liked the beginning of the book, where we catch up with Derek Smeath, (Becky’s old Bank Manager). He has been quite a feature in Becky’s life. So I thought this was a really clever way to give readers a quick update of where we are, and also to include Derek. (Who I love a little bit more after these events in Becky’s life).

There are some parts of this book that I never would have predicted within Becky and Suze’s stories, so I am happy yet not at all surprised that Sophie Kinsella has told them in this book.

Becky goes to Las Vegas in this book, and she is her usual funny self making me chuckle as I read about her escapades. Becky Brandon is the only person I ‘know’ who will compare shoping to gambling! After a go in the casino, she says:

“There should be more ceremony to gambling,…like when you buy something expensive and they hand it to you in a nice bag and say ‘Good Choice!”

We also see some different and some older dimensions of Becky and Suze’s friendship. Without giving any spoilers, they have to come up with a code word! To which they choose “potato” ……the reason being, because they can’t think of anything else.

I loved this book, as I expected that I would. I still love Becky, Luke and Suze and hope that Sophie Kinsella will continue to tell us about the lives of my beloved Shopaholic and her clan.


 

Have you read this or any of the Shopaholic books? What did you think of Becky and Suze’s escapades this time? I’d love to hear from you as always, so please leave me a comment below. I love to chat books, and particularly books that I love!

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Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Books

 

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Anne of Green Gables Haul!

Anne of Green Gables Haul!

I was very lucky this Christmas and received the BEST book EVER!! Look at this Anne of Green Gables book, apart from it being an amazing book, it is also the best cover ever.

Its is soft and covered in typically Anne quotes. I love it.

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Even the back is perfect. 

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On the inside cover, you can see the horse and cart that drove Anne to Green Gables. And each chapter tells us what will happen, so I can either read it all or just skip to a particular chapter.

I also got the four set book of Anne books. These are my comfort reads, I can turn to any page of any book and just love it. I know the story so well, and find Anne makes me smile even on the grey days as she is so optimistic and positive. I just love Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables.

Then to finish off my Anne haul so perfectly, I had this super cute and very bookishly cool necklace.

Are you with me for this great love of Anne of Green Gables? To finish off I will leave you with my favourite ‘Anne’ quote.

“tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it”

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Posted by on January 16, 2016 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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My Top Ten Reads of 2015.

My Top Ten Reads of 2015.

I have been looking forward to this post, as its always good to look back and remember all the fabulous books you’ve read in the year. I have managed to narrow it down to my top ten favourite books that I read in 2015.

The books were all to good to be put in order, so in no particular order, here are my:

TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2015.

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You can see my review of these books by clicking ‘Review’ after each title.

Death by Dangerous by Olly Jarvis.

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I loved the gripping page turning excitement of this book. Its the first book by this Author, and I really hope he will write more. I loved it. See my REVIEW HERE!


99 Percent Kill, by Doug Richardson.

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This was the first book that I have read by this Author, although he has many more books out. This was exciting and kept me guessing all the way through. It was brilliant, I will be reading more from Doug Richardson.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me, by Caroline James.

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Caroline is one of the nicest Author’s that I have worked with, not only does she write the best books, she also bakes the best cakes! I have tasted the proof. This book got me hooked into the characters, and I’m so looking forward to reading the sequel Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me’ in the New Year.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Club MEDicine, by Jack Kinsley.

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A great book with twists that I really wasn’t expecting, good characters and a real page turner. Plus the Author lives in Thailand! what a great place to write.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef, by Caroline James.

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Another one by the fantastic Caroline James, I just love her books. This one was full of great characters, delicious foodie parts and a really engrossing story.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Frozen Charlotte, by Alex Bell.

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This book was very creepy, all about Frozen Charlotte dolls. Perfect for a Halloween read. Just don’t have any dolls sitting on your shelves or your bed while reading this!

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Blue Sun, Yellow Sky, by Jamie Jo Hoang.

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This book was so inspirational and enjoyable. The main character is going blind, but decides to travel the world before she becomes totally blind. So we hear her story and we get to travel to all the wonderful places that she goes to. There is a great trailer for this book also : HERE!

Read my REVIEW HERE!


 

You Think You Know Me, by Clare Chase.

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This book I really loved. The title of this book is so apt for the story, we are kept guessing throughout never knowing who to trust. Brilliant.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Twitter Girl, by Nic Tatano.

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 I read this one way back in January. This book got me straight away by the title and the cover. I love Twitter, so thought this would be a great easy reading book. It was! I have another book ‘Cover Girl’ by the same Author on my to be read list. I have a feeling that one will be just as good.

See my REVIEW HERE!


 

Tremor, by Mark Ryan.

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This was a different kind of book for me to read, as its categorised as Young Adult, which isn’t really my favoured genre. But I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. The story was great and I could see all the morals that the Author had planted within the story. The Author has kindly given me his second book, the follow up to Tremor, which is Fractured. I’m really looking forward to reading this in the New Year.

See my REVIEW HERE!


Thank you to all the above Authors for sharing your wonderful books with me, you are all so very talented.

 I hope to hear lots more from these Authors in 2016. And I’m quite sure I will find many more fantastic reads for the new year.

What were your favourite reads of 2015? Have you read any of my favourites? I wonder if my favourites are the same as your favourites?

Happy Reading, and A very Happy New Year to you all when it comes.

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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review:Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe, by Rebecca Raisin. And Recipe.

Book Review:Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe, by Rebecca Raisin. And Recipe.

Firstly a very Merry Christmas to all my book loving readers. I hope you are having a wonderful time.

Today, I am going to share with you a fabulously festive read that I have enjoyed. This was a fantastic one, and it was free from Amazon when I downloaded it! Rebecca Raisin is one of my favourite Authors, and after finishing this book I was straight away looking for more of her books to read.

This is another short novella, which is perfect for a quick festive read accompanied by a gingerbread latte and a chocolate biscuit.

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Costa Gingerbread Latte is similar to how I imagine them to be at The Gingerbread Cafe.

Description:

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!

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My Thoughts:

This book is perfect for this festive time of year. Rebecca Raisin is already one of my favourite Authors, so I was sure this book would fill me with Christmas warmth, festivity and some craving for gingerbread coffee and hot chocolates! 

Like Rebecca’s other books I have read, The Gingerbread Cafe is set in a small cosy village called Ashford. The characters and the whole atmosphere in this book just calls out: ‘Come and stay here!’ The characters are mostly so lovely and friendly, a place where everyone knows each other and is willing to help a friend or neighbour when they need it.

The Cafe at Christmas time has the most delicious sounding food and drinks. After reading this book, I decided to make my own gingerbread syrup! (I will share the recipe with you later). The Cafe has a gingerbread house in its window:

“In pride of place, sitting squarely in the bay window, is our gingerbread house. It’s four feet high with red and white candy cane pillars holding up the thatched roof. There’s a wide chimney, decorated with green andred jelly beans, ready for Santa to climb down…”  …..doesn’t it sound perfect?

The story revolves around Cafe owner Lily, her assistant and best friend CeeCee and new comer to the village Damon. The book is predictable is a delicious way. This is comfort reading at its best. 

Christmas, a Christmas book by a great Author and a few gingerbread coffees, hot chocolates and biscuits. All perfect while snuggled up on the sofa with festive candles burning. I loved it.

Find it here:

GOODREADS

AMAZON UK

Rebecca Raisin’s Twitter

 


 

My Recipe for Gingerbread syrup:

150g of golden caster sugar.

1 tbsp of ground ginger

1 tbsp of cinnamon.

Boil it gently all together in 100 ml of water, until it is all dissolved and a little thicker.

Leave to cool, the add it to a bottle.

This will keep for months if you can make it last! But if like me you add it to ice cream, coffee, hot chocolate, then it won’t last very long at all.

Enjoy, and a very happy Christmas to you all.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Spotlight: ‘From Shattered Pieces’ by Traci Jo Stotts

Book Spotlight: ‘From Shattered Pieces’ by Traci Jo Stotts

Today, I am very happy to spotlight a new book out by a brilliant new Author. There is also a brilliant giveaway at the end of this post, so please get comfy read on and enter the lovely competition to win an Amazon voucher!

FROM SHATTERED PIECES, byTraci Jo Stotts 

Contemporary/Romance

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  Description:

Ian had no intention of running away. She lived with her abusive parents for sixteen years, so surely she could endure two more. But something changed the night she fought back.

Leaving home was one thing but being on the streets of Reno brings scary to a whole new level. A chance run-in with Jubal proves to be both a blessing and a curse.

Now, Ian must come to terms with who she is and what she must do to survive.

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Links: 

Evernight Teen   

Amazon

Follow the tour HERE

About the Author:

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  Always one to daydream, I’m often teased for the many bits and pieces of paper with notes and ideas for different books littering my desk. After spending most of my life in rural Nevada, I’ve recently moved to Washington. 

To my husband and sons…I finished!

Links for Traci Jo:

Tracijostotts.com

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

 

There is a very generous giveaway with this tour for $25 Amazon gift  card, a lovely treat to buy some more books!

Just use the rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck and happy reading.

 

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Book Review: Dangerously Dark by Collette London

Book Review: Dangerously Dark by Collette London

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy of this book. The chocolate and mystery idea just rang straight to me that this would be a book that I would enjoy. Here are my thoughts.

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Description:

Chocolate-whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore has just arrived in Portland, Oregon, where she’s about to scarf soufflés and sip cacao-based cocktails at her friend’s engagement party. Fresh from nabbing her first candy-covered killer, the last thing Hayden wants to do is mix her love of chocolate with criminal mischief again. But then the groom-to-be turns up dead before beginning his renowned Chocolate-After-Dark tour. . .

Hayden’s friends insist that Declan’s death was a freak accident, but she knows there’s no mistaking the bitter after taste of homicide. In the midst of habañero hot chocolate and mocha-chunk gelato, a choco-crazed killer waits to strike again. Hayden will need to use more than her extraordinarily gifted taste buds to bring this murderer to justice, but she just might have bitten off more than she can chew in the process. . .

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My Thoughts:

Thought I would really love this with all the chocolate talk and the murder mystery parts, but unfortunately I didn’t love it. I liked all the different kind of chocolate talk and all the chocolatey descriptive words. But what I didn’t realise before I started the book was that there was a book before this one. This second book makes a lot of references to the first book. At first it made me wish I’d read the first book, but then I found myself thinking if I had read the first, I probably wouldn’t have read this one.

I thought there were far to many references to the previous book. The main character I thought was a bit silly. I was left thinking for the first half of the book, has there been a murder or not. I don’t know if this was what the author intended? but I didn’t like it.

I prefer a murder mystery to be gritty, thrilling and a page turner. I like my romantic comedy chick lit books to be easy reading fun. This I think was supposed to be a mix of the two which in my opinion didn’t work well. It wasn’t gritty and it wasn’t easy reading fun.  For me, it didn’t work.

I don’t like to write completely negative reviews for books, and as I did finish this book, the positives for this book were all the delicious chocolate references, which sounded so tasty.

“grilled brioche sandwiches filled with melted chocolate and sea salt..”

And some strange sounding delectable too!

“a bacon-y take on a Snickers.”

There were also nice recipes at the back of the book too. Below are links for the Author and the book. I’d love to hear from you if you have read this or any of Collette’s books and what your thoughts are.

Links for Author Collette London and her Books:

ColletteLondon.com

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AMAZON UK

AMAZON USA

TWITTER

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2015 in Books

 

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Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage. Blog Tour, Review & Competition.

Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage. Blog Tour, Review & Competition.

Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage

I’m very happy to be part of this lovely festive blog tour, woo hoo its nearly Christmas. Time to relax, give and receive gifts, eat, drink and read! Vicki Lesage brought me very swiftly into my Festive spirit with this collection of short stories.

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Description:

Party girl Vicki tells it like it us, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest (book auction, anyone?) to her even crazier holidays in her new home of Paris (like a marathon 8-hour meal sitting on a stool). Bizarre gifts, weird food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of tales you’ll chuckle at in this collection.

This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for some great cocktails and some hearty laughs this holiday season!

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My Thoughts:

This is the first Christmas book I have read this year, and I have to say it did get me into the Christmas spirit. The Author tells short stories of her Christmas themed experiences. There are funny, heart warming and festive. To round each story off there is a cocktail recipe that is in some way related to the story. I liked these recipes a lot! I got some nice ideas for cocktails I might make over the festive season. My favourite cocktail was mentioned actually!

Grasshopper. -creme de cacao.

                          – creme de menthe.

                          –  vanilla vodka.

                          – half-and-half. (I usually used cream here!).

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A lot of the stories were based in Paris, so we hear some French traditions, some nice and some seem very strange to me being British, but it was a good insight into French festivities. 

I think this is a good book to get into the Christmas spirit and perfect if you just want quick reads. You can read one of her tales or you can just keep reading all the 25 tales in the book. It was kind of like a girly chat with a friend you haven’t seen for a while, a great catch up of funny and light hearted tales. Beware though, it will make you feel like cocktails, there are even mini cartoon cocktail pictures after each chapter (kindle version).

Below are the links to find the book. 

LINKS:

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AMAZON UK

AMAZON USA

The Author is kindly giving away a copy of one of her other books. ‘Confessions of a Paris Party Girl’

Enter this rafflecopter giveaway to win a copy of her book  Just click on the link and follow the instructions. Good luck.

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Description:

When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more difficile than she’d imagined. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, this cheeky storyteller recounts the highs and lows of her life in the City of Light. Sassy and shamefully honest, Vicki makes you feel as if you’re right there in Paris stumbling along the cobblestones with her.

Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?

A funny memoir about coming of age and embarking on a new life in Paris. Part travel memoir, part love story, this collection of funny essays.


 

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Vicki Lesage is already a best selling Amazon Author, enter this competition and check out her books on the links above. 

The Festive season is with us readers, lets enjoy all the best festive books about. I’d love to hear what festive books you are reading, and if you have read any of Vicki’s books already. Leave me a comment and let me know.

Good luck in the competition and happy reading!

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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Books

 

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Blog Tour: FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA by Stacy Juba & Giveaway.

Blog Tour: FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA by Stacy Juba & Giveaway.

I am very happy to have my stop today at the blog tour for brilliant new book out by Stacy Juba, ‘Fooling Around With Cinderella’. Hosted by Tasty Book Tours, they are also having a lovely giveaway. See about this fabulous book and enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

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Read all the other fabulous bloggers posts and follow this tour – HERE   

FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA by Stacy Juba

Description:

What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.

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Author Information:

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers), or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty.

 

Links to find the book:

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AMAZON

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Author Links:

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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Food Dare, One Thing You Can Do Everyday to be Healthier. by Lindsey Banks

Book Review: The Food Dare, One Thing You Can Do Everyday to be Healthier. by Lindsey Banks

When Author Lindsay Banks approached me and asked if I would like to review her book, I was hopeful especially because of the title of the book. ‘One Thing You Can Do Everyday to be Healthier’, one thing a day didn’t sound to bad, and if it could make me feel healthier I thought, why not give it a go.

This is how it went……  

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Description:

The Food Dare provides a day-by-day guide to improve the way you eat, and will ultimately allow you to experience the health transformation of your entire life in just one month.

Healthy eating and dieting can be restrictive and boring. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. The Food Dare provides a day-by-day guide to improve the way you eat, and will ultimately allow you to experience the health transformation of your entire life in just one month.

The Food Dare is a 30-day challenge where you will be adding healthy new eating habits into your diet, in three phases. This dare is not about deprivation or restriction. It is about adding to your life to make your food choices healthier and more nutritious.

In each phase you will practice each new healthy habit so that it can become a lifestyle, not a diet. This dare is about making small changes, not big sacrifices, so that you can maintain it long after you have completed the dare.

Whether you are overweight and discouraged or healthy and strong, The Food Dare is a dare you should take. It’s time to learn the keys to a healthy diet and a healthy life.

Stop dieting and start making a healthy lifestyle change. I Dare You.

food dare

My Thoughts:

I liked the way this book started, straight away the Author says we need to consider why we want to accept this dare. I like that she put it as a dare. It makes the idea of becoming healthier more like a challenge that someone else will be following with us. If we quit, we are letting ourselves down. Lindsay Banks starts the book by getting us to ask ourselves why we want to take this challenge, so once you have told yourself why you are doing this, you should keep that in mind throughout the dares. If I started to weaken, I would remember why I started in the first place.

The whole ‘Dare’ process takes 30 days, each day we take on another healthy habit. It is a really good idea for a ‘get healthy’ book. It is motivating and not that hard at all. At least, I didn’t find it that hard, as some of the things we had to do, I was already doing anyway. I almost felt like I had a head start on others following the challenge. 

The book has note space in it, for you to write down how you doing and conclusions after each day. I thought this was a great idea. I only had the ebook version, so if you were going to get this book, I would highly recommend the paperback version. I think it would keep the motivation up if you were writing in the book as you go along. There is also a Facebook accountability group that the Author has set up, so you can have group encouragement. I don’t use Facebook, so I didn’t join this, but I can see how having a group of you doing this together would be really helpful. 

There was a quote for each day, which was encouraging. 

“Every new day is another chance to change your life” – Unknown. 

“If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen” – Unknown. (I liked this, I thought it was amusing.  😉

The back of the book includes some healthy and easy recipes, like cauliflower crust pizza and strawberry banana green smoothie. 

While reading this book, I got myself a fruit infusion water bottle, whereby you can add fruits in the middle to flavour the water healthily. My favourite fillings were lemon and lime, and cucumber and mint.

Overall, I found this book easy to follow, motivating with the quotes and really not to hard to complete. 

Check out Lindsay Banks on Twitter HERE

Links:

GOODREADS

AMAZON USA

AMAZON UK

This book would be a lovely Christmas gift for you or someone who wants to start the new year healthily.

Let me know what you do to keep healthy, and if you decide to get this book, I’d love to know your thoughts. 

 

 

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