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Jungle Rock by Caroline James. 1st Birthday Celebration! Guest Post and #Giveaway.

Jungle Rock by Caroline James. 1st Birthday Celebration! Guest Post and #Giveaway.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JUNGLE ROCK BY CAROLINE JAMES! 

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As followers of this blog will know, Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors. After reading my first book by this Author, I was hooked and have since read each book as soon as I could from when they were available.

Today, we are celebrating a year since publication of Jungle Rock, a brilliant story with characters that I knew and loved. (Perfectly fine to read as a standalone too though). So, with thanks to Rachel at RachelsRandomResources for organising this celebration, and huge thanks to Caroline for being the amazing Author of this book, lets proceed with the celebrations. 

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Description:

Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy. 
Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away… 

Published November 21st 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

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You can read my review of jungle Rock HERE!

And you can get yourself a copy from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

 

Caroline is not only a super Author, a lovely Lady, she is also a very talented baker. I am honoured today to have Caroline on ChocolatePages with a guest post, and a wonderful recipe. 

I asked Caroline about the recipes she features in her books, and also if she could share one with us. Of course as a Chocolate Lover, I was hoping it would involve chocolate…. 

 

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         Why I Feature Recipes in my Books Plus Recipe.

  • It’s great to be back on Chocolate Pages blog and huge thanks to lovely Amanda for hosting me today.

    My working life has revolved around food. From the early days of waiting table and washing pots to ultimately running my own hospitality businesses, I’ve always had a passionate interest in food and cooking. For many years, I ran a company that represented celebrity chefs, the cooks that you see on TV, and I sourced work for some very talented clients.

    From TV and media work to product endorsement, appearances at festivals and shows to recipe development and research. I had a wonderful time working in an environment that centred around food and I travelled extensively meeting some fascinating folk along the way.

    When I began to write seriously, about five years ago, I found that I naturally leaned towards placing my characters in the hospitality industry and as food became their life, if was fun to add in a recipe or two and readers often write to tell me how much they enjoy trying them out.

    Here is one of my favourite cake recipes and as we are on Chocolate Pages, it must be something seriously delicious with chocolate!

    Happy baking and happy reading, with love, Caroline

    Carolines Death by Chocolate

    This chocolate cake is moist and very fudgy and best of all, easy to make!

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    Ingredients:

    200g dark chocolate

    200g dark brown sugar

    200g caster sugar

    25g cocoa powder

    200g butter

    85g self-raising flour

    85g plain flour

    ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

    3 large eggs

    75ml milk

  • Ganache:

    200g dark chocolate

    284ml double cream

    Method:

    Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin and preheat the oven to 140C/ 160C/ Gas 3.

    Place butter and chocolate in a heat proof bowl above a pan of simmering water and melt, stirring gently.

    Mix flours, bicarbonate of soda, sugars and cocoa powder in a large bowl.

    Beat eggs and milk.

    Pour melted chocolate and butter and add egg mixture to the flour until

    thoroughly mixed.

    Spoon cake mix into cake tin and bake for 90 minutes (or until the top

    feels firm).

    Leave the cake to cool then turn out. When cold, slice the cake across into three layers.

    Make the Ganache:

    Lightly whip the cream until it just begins to stiffen. Melt the chocolate as before then combine with the cream mix, working quickly. Spread over cake layers and re-assemble, spreading remainder of ganache over the top and sides of the cake.

    Decorate with chocolate curls or decoration of your choice. Store the cake in a cool environment, in an airtight container, for up to three days.


    Thank you very much Caroline for that delicious sounding recipe, I will certainly be making that some time soon. Plus it does sound very easy to make.

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    Author Bio.

    Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry – a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK and spends her time writing, climbing mountains and running a consultancy business. Caroline has a great fondness for the Caribbean and escapes to the islands whenever she can. She is a public speaker, reviewer and food writer and loves cooking and baking, especially cake. Her next novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel is coming soon…

    To stay in touch or contact Caroline, you can find her here:

    Twitter – @CarolineJames12

    Amazon – Caroline James Author

    Facebook – AuthorCarolineJames

    Website – carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

    AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

     

    Purchase Link – HERE!


    And now for the GIVEAWAY!

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    Caroline is offering a very generous £20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. (Will you spend it on books?) 

    All you have to do is sign up to Caroline’s mailing list, and then Caroline will announce the lucky winner by email. The competition is open internationally, and not only do you get a chance to win, you will also receive great bookish news from this lovely talented Author. Competition closes on November 30th, so join up now.

    Sign up here to the mailing list.


     

    Thank you Caroline for the delicious sounding recipe, writing wonderful books, and for the generous giveaway. Thank you to Rachel for organising this birthday celebration. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs celebrating Jungle Rock’s birthday. 

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My Top Books of 2016.

My Top Books of 2016.

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This is a post I have been thinking about for a few weeks. I have read a lot of good books over the past year, and to list my top ten is a good reminder to me how much I enjoyed them. It is also a nice way to thank the Authors for their talent. 

I met my Goodreads challenge of reading 40 books this year. I know this is not a huge amount compared to other bookbloggers, but its good for me. I prefer to read my books slower and more thoroughly so I really enjoy them and soak up the story that it is telling me. 

These books are in no particular order, but all are 5 stars worth brilliant. I have linked my review to each one, incase you want to read my thoughts on them. The links for each book will be in the review post.

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TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016 BY CHOCOLATEPAGES.

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Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis. A brilliant gripping crime thriller based in the UK. Olly Jarvis is my favourite legal thriller Author as his knowledge flows brilliantly into his fictional characters drawing me right into the gritty underground and clever legal cases. You can read my review and more about it HERE!

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out of darkness

Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan, was a wonderful uplifting spiritual story. This book has stayed with me and brings hope and appreciation to its readers.  I always think of this book as I go on my walks and pass the boats. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!

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The SW19 Club by Nicola May. I only discovered this Author this year and have been missing out. I have read 3 of her books, but The SW19 Club was my favourite as it was therapeutic, brilliant and made me laugh and cry. You can read more about it HERE!

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A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase. This was a twisty turny suspence which is just the kind of book I love. Clare Chase is a wonder at writing these kinds of novels. I have her next one on my kindle ready to go. You can read more about A Stranger’s House and my thoughts HERE!

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Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me by Caroline James. I have read all of the Coffee, Tea books that Caroline has written and I just love her main characters Jo and Hattie. The tales are heartwarming while making me laugh, feel hungry for the delicious cakes they eat and go into a whole bookish world of Caroline’s imagination. You can read more about my thoughts HERE! 

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Novelista Girl by Meredith Schorr. In my review of this book, I gave the Author the huge compliment of saying that I loved the main character Kim Long as much as I love Sophie Kinsella’s Becky Brandon. This book was pure chick lit at its very best. It was perfect! You can read more about my thoughts HERE!

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daisy

Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton was a brilliant book with a really interesting storyline. It spoke of prison wives and fan clubs of convicted murderers. The end was so fantastic and so much of a twist, I loved it. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!

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Boyfriend by the Book by Laura Briggs. This was an indulgent chick lit easy read. It was frivolous and complete fun. Perfect for cosy days where you want to go to a bookish world of imagination. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!

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The Death of Anyone by DJ Swykert. This was another gripping crime thriller and it had the unique points within the tale about ethics of using familial DNA as evidence. Really interesting while being a fantastic crime thriller. You can read more about my thoughts HERE! 

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Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson. This was a wonderful surprise of a book, as I didn’t know there was an Anne Shirley book that I hadn’t read, then I got this! It is a really nice prequel where we can see how Anne got to Green Gables. Although it is by a different Author to the original Green Gables books, it was written with a real insight into the original books by LM Montgomery to celebrate 100 years of Green Gables. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!

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So, there are my Top Ten Books of 2016. I hope that 2017 will be full of plenty more, I’m quite sure it will be as I already have a full ‘to be read’ pile. 

Have you read any of these? What were your best reads of the year, link your posts here and I will take a look at yours too. 

Until next time, Happy Reading! 

 
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Book Review: Jungle Rock, by Caroline James.

Book Review: Jungle Rock, by Caroline James.

I was very happy to hear that one of my favourite Authors has published a new book. I have read all Caroline James’ previous books in the Coffee, Tea range. I have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment with Jo and Hattie in Boomerville which is due to be published in spring 2017. So, when I heard that Jungle Rocks, a fantastic novella was out, it immediately went to the top of my ‘must read’ list. 

This is a stand alone novella, but it has many of the same characters from the previous books. I have included links to all my reviews of Caroline’s previous books. 

Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and MeMY REVIEW! 

Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me – MY REVIEW!

So, You Think You’re a Celebrity…..Chef – MY REVIEW!

 

But now for the star review in question today, we have  romantic comedy novella
by Caroline James Jungle Rocks. 

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Description:

Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy.
Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away…

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Published November 21st 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

My Thoughts:

Jungle Rock is a brilliant story with a varying range of characters. Zach has broken up with Fiancee Poppy, and about to enter Jungle Survival. Of course this makes us all think of ‘I’m A Celebrity’ in the Australian jungle, and whether or not you are a fan of this programme, it doesn’t matter. If you like easy flow reading with drama, excitement and great characters, I think you will love it.

We hear about the rest of Zach’s family based in the UK, which gives us more of a picture of the type of character that Zach is. Jo and Hattie feature in Caroline’s other books, so for me it was wonderful to catch up with them again. I think if you read this as a standalone book you too will want to hear more from Jo and Hattie. Hattie is such a lively, doesn’t give a hoot kind of character. She is certainly my favourite. I even have a picture in my mind of what she looks like. Now, that is a good Author for you, if she makes you picture the characters in your head!

The story doesn’t focus too much on the trials, but there’s just enough to get your imagination running and your stomach creaking! 

“I’d eat an antelope’s anus, I’m so hungry”.      

There is perfect descriptions of Australia, with great names – Mount Wumbah! I wonder if this is real or Author’s artistic licence. Also, the Christmassy feel of West Marland. This is a festive novella that doesn’t ram Christmas down your neck, but will make you laugh with its humour, drama and array of intriguing and engaging characters. I loved it. 

Links:

Twitter/CarolineJames12

www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

Amazon.co.uk

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Goodreads

 

Author Caroline James:

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…’ Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me, an Amazon best-seller, was a Top Ten Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing. Her next novel, Boomerville will be published spring 2017.

Caroline has owned and run many catering related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction. As a media agent, Caroline represented many well-known celebrity chefs and her TV script, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef? was runner up at the Winchester Writers Festival 2016.

She has published short stories and is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for an online lifestyle magazine. She is a founder member of The Cheshirati and is available for inspiring and entertaining talks on anything related to the hospitality and publishing industry.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me. By Caroline James

Book Review: Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me. By Caroline James

“The time to be happy is now..”

What a wonderful quote to start your book. Any avid followers of my blog and / or Twitter will know that Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors.

This book is a follow up to ‘Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me’. You can read my review for that book  HERE!

Author Caroline James sent me a wonderful package with this book, all beautifully wrapped with the signed paperback book and a slice of home baked Caribbean cake! Lucky me eh! The cake was delicious and the book great.

This book can absolutely be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading both as they are fantastic!

** All views are completely honest and my own, despite eating the Authors cake! 😉

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Description:

Flying solo again in their middle years, can life really begin again for Jo and Hattie? Is there hope for the newly single baby boomers and can romance happen?

Continuing the Coffee Tea… series, join Jo and Hattie as they romp into their future and prove that anything is possible!

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me is a stand-alone read but also the sequel to Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me which shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-Book of the week in The Sun Newspaper.

Set in Cumbria and the Caribbean.

“A story about friendship and loss…is there hope for those of a certain age?”

‘The time to be happy is now…’ Jo remembers her late husband’s words but is struggling to face the lonely future that lies ahead. A heartbroken widow, Jo finds herself alone with ghostly memories at Kirkton House – a Cumbrian Manor that until recently, she ran as a thriving hotel. Her two sons have moved away, Jimmy to run a bar in Barbados, and Zach to London to pursue a career as a celebrity chef. Middle-age and widowhood loom frighteningly and Jo determines to sell up and start again, despite protestations from colourful friend, Hattie and erstwhile admirer Pete Parks.

Hattie convinces Jo to postpone any life-changing decisions by enjoying a Caribbean holiday but their holiday sets off a course of events that brings mayhem and madness to Jo and her family. Confused and anxious for her future, can life really begin again for Jo?

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a finalist at The Write Stuff – London Book Fair 2015. The judge’s comments included, “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.”

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Kindle Edition, 334 pages

Expected publication: February 12th 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

 

My Thoughts:

This book starts off telling us about Jo and Hattie in Westmorland, unfortunately they are both single again in their later years. But they have a great friendship which we can see throughout the book. The story takes us from Westmorland to the Caribbean to London and back again. You can tell that the Author has a love for all of these places. The way Caroline describes Barbados made me want to go on holiday, and as I couldn’t just jump on a plane to the Caribbean, I made do with a rum punch.   😉

Caroline’s writing is smooth and easy reading with great descriptions. She totally puts the reader in the place, so you can just imagine yourself sitting on the white sands drinking cocktails. 

“..secluded beach-fronted gardens and palm trees swayed, as the turquoise waters lapped..”

I knew before I started this book that I was going to see characters that I had ‘met’ before, and was excited to see what Caroline had in store for them. We also got to meet new lovely characters. We meet Jo’s second son Zach, who is dubbed the ‘Gypsy Chef’. I was especially happy to read of this new character as I love Caroline’s foodie descriptions. There are the deliciously English cooked breakfasts, Caribbean food – mmm Caribbean cake, and of course Zach’s ‘Gypsy Chef’ cooking.

“..chop a bunch of nettles. He tossed them into a pan to saute, along side finely diced wild garlic..”

There are such a wide range of characters in this book. I love the positivity from Hattie, she is always there for her friend Jo with uplifting words, fun and laughter. One of the side characters was Lottie. I would like to hear more from her in Caroline’s future books. She reminds me of Bubble from Ab Fab. I love the way Caroline describes her dress sense, it gives such a sense of her character.

This is what Lottie wore to a birthday party – “..a tight green body stocking, that emphasized every bone and a bright red bob hat. The ensemble reminded Bob of a giant match”

This book is very cleverly written whereby, if like me you have read Caroline’s two previous books you can see how all the characters link up. And wow there are some surprises there with some of the characters. I wasn’t expecting that!! (No spoilers, so you will have to read and find out for yourself). 

I loved this book, it gave me an easy read with a great range of characters. There is love, comedy, emotion and food! What more can you ask for?! It was brilliant. ♥

I had a great interview with Author Caroline James. If you missed it, you can catch up HERE!

 

Links:

GOODREADS

AMAZON UK

AMAZON.COM

Twitter CarolineJames

 

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If you have read any of Caroline’s books, I’d love to hear your thoughts. If not, what did you think of the sound of this one? Do you want to read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, I love to read what you think! ♥ 

 

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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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Coffee, Tea and Caroline James. Author Interview

Coffee, Tea and Caroline James. Author Interview

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Today, I am bringing you an interview with Author Caroline James whose book ‘Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me’ has just been released. I also have a brilliant book trailer to share with you.

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES

I have read Caroline’s book, my review will follow this post. I loved the book, and recommend it to all who enjoy a good hearty book of comedy, romance, food and laughs.

Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me’ by Caroline James. 

February 12th 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

 

I loved that clip, and if you read the book you will really want to go to the Caribbean! Now onto my questions for Caroline. 

Hi Caroline, thank you for answering my questions. I was unsure whether to have Tea, Coffee, Champagne or Rum punch to drink during this interview! 😉 

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1. I love that your book is based in the Caribbean, the West Country (UK) and London. Did you spend time in all 3 places for ‘research’? 

Yes I did. I lived in Cumbria for several years and visit as often as I can. I am very

fond of the Lake District and the beautiful countryside and it is a great pleasure to

write about it. I have family in the Caribbean and have been travelling there for many

years. Barbados is a stunning island and life there is very different from the one I

lead here. It seemed natural to send my two Cumbrian characters, Jo and Hattie, to

a place that I know well and let them, through the pages of the novel, feel the warm

restorative glow of a welcoming Caribbean holiday. 


 

2. It was great to find out what all the characters that I love have been up to. Do you have a favourite character and did they come from a certain inspiration (e.g a person, or people)?

Hattie is probably my favourite character. She is a no-nonsense sort of person who

has a heart of gold and in her own way is very funny without trying to be. She’s not

based on anyone but an amalgamation of characters that I’ve observed in the past. I

would like us all to have a Hattie in our lives – a true friend and supportive rock when

you need her.


 

 3. I love your quote ‘ The time to be happy is now’, do you want to tell us where you got this from?

My mum always said this to me. What she meant was that we should be happy right

now, in the moment, no matter what is going on around us. I think it is a lovely quote

and say it often to myself. She had a very positive attitude towards believing that

living life in the positive not the negative enables good things to happen. I think she

was right.


 

4. Do you have a specific or special place to write? 

Yes, I do. I have a small oak desk that I bought at an auction a few years ago. I use it

just for writing and writing paraphernalia. This is in a corner of the room with a high

ceiling and vermillion painted walls, it is very atmospheric. I tuck myself away with a

favourite chair and cushion, light a fragrant candle,sip from a big mug of coffee and

nibble on a packet of biscuits and then when everything is just right, I begin to write.


 

5. What book are you reading at the moment?

I’ve just read The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. It is a short novel,

beautifully written and I read it very quickly as the tale gathered tension. It is an

interesting analysis of the state of the world we live in today. I really enjoyed it.


 6. I love that your books and characters love their food, especially cake! I understand that you love to bake too. What is your favourite cake or recipe and do these help your inspiration in your books?

My background has always been in the hospitality industry. I loathed school and the

only two subjects I ever took an interest in were English and Cookery. Cookery has

always been a part of my working life and I love to bake and nurture my friends and

family through baking. A visitor will always get a slice of cake with their cup of tea.

My favourite is probably salted caramel brownie – so easy to do but so scummy, but

I made baklava for the first time recently and experimented with the spicy filling, it

was delicious!


7. Are we going to hear more from Hattie, Jo and the rest of the ‘Coffee, Tea’ crew? I hope so. 

Yes, I am afraid you are! Coffee Tea The Boomers & Me will be published later in the

year and introduces some new characters into the mix. We have an aging Major who

is sozzled most of the time and Kate, an IT specialist who has sold her successful

business and is looking for love and finds it in the arms of the irresistible Andy Mack.

The all come together when they stay at Boomerville – Jo’s new business. The book

is about having a blast in middle and later years when most folk think they are over

the hill. With Hattie’s help and hair-brained schemes, life for our boomers most certainly begins again.


 

About Caroline James.

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Caroline James was born in Cheshire and wanted to be a writer from an early age. She trained, however, in the catering trade and worked and travelled both at home and abroad.

Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was Ebook of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: ‘AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…’

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” The book will be published February 2016.

Caroline has owned and run many catering related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction. She has published short stories and is a member of the RNA. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for a lifestyle magazine. When she’s not running her hospitality business and writing, Caroline can generally be found with her nose in a book and her hand in a box of chocolates, she also likes to climb mountains and contemplate life.

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LINKS:

GOODREADS Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me.

AMAZON.CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

TWITTER CAROLINEJAMES12

CarolineJamesAuthor.co.uk

Facebook – AuthorCarolineJames

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My book review of ‘Coffee, Tea The Caribbean and Me’ will be on my blog soon, so keep your eyes open for it. If you have read any of Caroline’s other books, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

What did you think of the book trailer? Are you inspired to pick up this book? What would you ask an Author if you had the pleasure of asking them a question? 

Until next time, Happy Reading! ♥

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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in author interviews

 

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Book Review: Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me, by Caroline James.

Book Review: Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me, by Caroline James.

Thank you very much to Author Caroline James for sending me a copy of this fantastic book. This is the second book I have read by this talented Author. The first book ‘So, You Think You’re A Celebrity….Chef’ I gave 5 stars and loved it. You can see my review of that book here: Celebrity….Chef.

I wasn’t disappointed by this book either, it is just as well written with great characters and descriptions. See my thoughts below.


Description:

When Jo Edmond’s husband runs off with their nanny, Jo resolves to make a new life with her baby son. She purchases Kirkton House a run down guest house and, with the help of a colourful cast of locals, establishes a thriving country house hotel. She opens during Fair Week, a 300 year old gypsy tradition hated by the locals and loved by every tinker and traveller in the country.

Romance is the last thing on her mind, until the enigmatic John Doherty walks into her life...

 

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My Thoughts:

After reading Caroline’s other book ‘So, You Think You’re A Celebrity….Chef’, I had high hopes for this book, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I loved the characters, I loved her descriptive words and I loved the story. 

The story starts off with Jo and her young son trying to make a go of a hotel business. There are financial struggles, love, loss and food! Lots of lovely food descriptions!! If you read my blog regularly you will know I love books that speak of food.

“enjoyed coffee and chocolate tiffin, a special recipe of Jo’s”.

The main character Jo was written as a woman who gets stronger throughout the book. Her best friend and assistant in the hotel Hattie is a great character, I think I liked her best. She was witty, blunt and ever so supportive of Jo. She did make me chuckle with her comments:

“Don’t look at his cauliflower ears, you’ll get used to them, all rugby players have them”

The two of them go to see a gypsy lady for a fortune telling, this part of the story gave me an unsettled feeling and you find out why later in the book.

The Gypsy that is spoken of in the book title John Docherty is superbly written. I don’t know much about gypsy life, but I feel that the writer must have done her research on this topic, because she seemed to describe everything in a way that gives a perfect picture of the gypsy fair that takes place and some of the traditions that they have.

This book is not predictable, a few unexpected things happen along the way and I was so taken by the characters Jo and Hattie that I wanted to know what would happen. There are plenty of supporting characters who each have minor tales in this book and they were very interesting too.

A strange memory has left me with this book, (apart from the characters and delicious food descriptions) and its down to the very talented descriptive work of this Author. I now really enjoy putting on lipstick!! This was something that Jo did when she was encountering a stressful situation and Caroline describes it so beautifully, that I think of this quote when I put mine on!

“…smoothed the warm melting wax over her lips.” 

I loved this book, and will certainly be waiting with anticipation for Caroline James’ next book, which I hope is in the pipeline??? Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me was filled with captivating characters and brilliantly descriptive writing. I loved it.

Have you read this book or are you going to? Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you.


You can find Caroline in these links below:

Twitter: @CarolineJames12

CarolineJamesAuthor.co.uk

And the Book:

Amazon UK.

Amazon USA 

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My Book Haul for May.

My Book Haul for May.

Welcome to the first ever Book Haul on Chocolate Pages. It’s quite crazy as a bookblogger that I haven’t done one of these before!

But I decided to do a post on it for this month. So, lets get going and see what books I got this May.

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These are the books I received through the post. 

I spoke to Author Ryan Mark who wrote Tremor. After I have read Tremor, I will be offering a giveaway to one lucky reader who will receive a signed copy of this book.

I received:

Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer

The Statistical Probablity of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Mad Men, The Illustrated Guide. – My brother will love this one! 

I received these from Rachel of http:///www.ConfessionsOfaBookGeek from her blogerversary giveaway. I really looking forward to reading these. 

I also received ‘Close of Play’ through the post. There was no note with this, so I’m not sure where it came from??? I feel bad about this, as I like to thank people for my book post. I’m sure I will enjoy reading though. 


I got two books myself, actually I didn’t buy them, they were free on Amazon. I really enjoy short stories at the moment, and these two look great.

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I’m really enjoying short stories at the moment and this creepy read looks fantastic. I hope it will be.


I also got this one from publishers: Choc Lit Publishers. Thank you. Anything with ‘Wedding’ and ‘Cake’ in the title sounds good to me.

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These are some books that I have been gifted from authors, in exchange for an honest review. I am particularly looking forward to reading ‘If I Could’ by Rene Schultz, as it has been so highly recommended by my good bookblogger friend AJ from ajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com

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I also received ‘You’ll Be Thinking Of Me’ by Densie Webb. This book sounds amazing. I have so many fantastic books to read and just not enough time.

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I received ‘Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me‘ from Caroline James, I was gifted this after writing a great review of her other book, ‘So, You Think You’re A Celebrity….Chef’. You can see my review of that book here:  http://wp.me/p4CHeD-fK  I really loved it, so have high hopes for this book too.

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I won another prize from Jenny from  www.jennyinneverland.com. This is a book by Aven Ellis, ‘Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista‘. The cover of this looks great, so I’m also looking forward to reading this. I have heard great things about Aven’s books, but have yet to read one.

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So, that’s my book haul for this month. What a load of great books to read.

Have you read any of them? Any great recommendations or reviews that you have written on any of these books?

I’d love to hear what you think.

Happy Reading!

 
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Book Review: ‘So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…. Chef’ by Caroline James.

Book Review: ‘So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…. Chef’ by Caroline James.

I would like to give huge thanks to author Caroline James for being, first an incredible author and second an incredible baker!

I was extremely lucky to have been sent a fabulous package from this lovely lady, which included a copy of this book, and a home made brownie. Caroline warned me that reading the book may make me feel like eating Brownies!! It did, in fact I made 2 batches myself while I read this.

This is the lovely parcel that I received:  ♥

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How thoughtful with the wrapping too. Here is the delicious brownie which I devoured.

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So, on with my review of the book, as always my honest opinions will be given. 

Description:

Mix together…

A tough-cookie media agent who’s clawed her way to the top, and a con-man who wants to open a cookery school. Add in a washed-up celebrity chef whose career needs re-building…
Flavour with…

An ageing rock star fresh from rehab, and a Sloane Ranger food writer who gets her own TV show…
Bring to the boil…

At a Gourmet Food Festival, in Ireland, where anything goes!

When media agent Hilary Hargreaves travels to Ireland to look at a campaign for a new cookery school, she meets a blast from her past – the romantic but feckless chef Mickey Lloyd, who is hell-bent on resurrecting his flagging career. Her tough demeanour is rocked as it becomes apparent Mickey’s intentions involve more than a stint behind a stove in his quest to pursue her. But as plans for the school gain momentum, she realises that she’s developing more than a passing interest in reformed alcoholic Long Tom Hendry, who owns the crumbling old mansion where the school will be homed. Hilary has many ingredients to juggle with her demanding client list – which looks set to boil over if she doesn’t keep control. From London’s bustling Soho, to Southern Ireland and the sunny shores of the Caribbean, has Hilary got too much on her plate and is she really prepared to risk it all for love?

 


Paperback, 284 pages

Published October 4th 2013 by ThornBerry Publishing

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My Thoughts:

This is a 5 star book that I absolutely loved and devoured. It tells the story of a group of characters who each have their own storyline, but all come together in a way. Hilary owns a company that promotes chefs and cookery. We have Zelda, who was my favourite character. She is very la di da and is doing a cook off in some of the poorer areas of the country. Then we have Bob, who is Hilary’s assistant and loves all the celebrity gossip. Hilary and Bob both travel to Ireland to decide whether to promote and invest in a new cookery school. There Hilary meets an old love, Mickey, and a new friend who is Long Tom Hendry. Long Tom is an older rock star who is a recovering alcoholic wanting to return to his music.

At the beginning of this book, the author put a list of all the characters and who they are. I thought this was brilliant, during the first few chapters I skipped back to this page a good few times to see how each character came into relevance to the story. I haven’t seen this in a book before and I thought it was a great unique idea.

I love books that involve tempting food, gossipy stories and a host of fabulous characters. This was exactly that. I loved how they visited The Good Food Show, which I have had a lot of experience with. I loved how they spoke of the foodie markets and shows in Ireland. Also all the delicious foods that they ate in restaurants and on set. Here in comes Gorgeous Gary and his amazing Brownies. This is not just a book about delicious food though, the storyline is excellent and I loved how the author gave each character their own little plot and you can see how they intertwine as the book continues. 

This is a 5 star book, that I absolutely loved. 

 This book is available on Amazon. 

You can also follow the author Caroline James on Twitter @CarolineJames12  

If you have read this or plan to read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Reading.

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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Books

 

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