What’s in a Name?

Book titles can come in all shapes and sizes. There are trends, fashions that fade in and out. There are those that give no clue to the contents, those that make it clear and others that are more poetic and lyrical. One trend that has stood the test of time are those that have names. They…

Ann O’Loughlin – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Ann O’Loughlin to the blog. Ann is the author of The Ballroom Café and The Judge’s Wife. Her latest novel, The Ludlow Ladies Society was published by Black and White Publishing on 4 July 2017 and is shortlisted for the 2017 Not The Booker Prize run by The Guardian newspaper. Ann…

Siren by Annemarie Neary – review

Published by Windmill Books Publication date 23 February 2017 Source – review copy Ireland, 2004 Róisín Burns has spent over twenty-five years living a lie. Brian Lonergan, a rising politician, has used the time to reinvent himself. But scandal is brewing around him, and Róisín knows the truth. Lonergan stole her life as a young…

Sara Gethin – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Sara Gethin to the blog. Sara is the author of Not Thomas which was published by Honno Press on 19 July 2017 and was shortlisted for the 2017 Not the Booker prize run by The Guardian newspaper. Sara kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little…

My favourite new books by Holly Seddon – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Holly Seddon to the blog. Holly is the author of Try Not to Breathe and her latest novel, Don’t Close Your Eyes was published by Corvus on 6 July 2017. Today Holly is talking about her favourite new books. One of my favourite things about being an author – besides the writing…

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie – review

Published by Harper Collins Publication date – 3 August 2017 (latest version – not the version I read) Source – own copy A beautiful heiress is fatally poisoned in a West End restaurant… Six people sit down to dinner at a table laid for seven. In front of the empty place is a sprig of…

Heidi James – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Heidi James to the blog. Heidi is the author of Wounding and Two Tall Tales and One Short Novel and her latest novel, So the Doves is published by Bluemoose Books on 14 September 2017. Heidi kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about So the Doves. So…

Crete honey by Jo Thomas – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Jo Thomas to the blog. Jo is the author of The Oyster Catcher, The Olive Branch and Late Summer in the Vineyard. Her lasted novel, The Honey Farm on the Hill is published by Headline on 24 August 2017. Today Jo talks about Crete honey. Crete Honey. According to Incredible Crete website,…

Jane Lythell – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Jane Lythell to the blog. Jane is the author of After the Storm, The Lie of You and Woman of the Hour. Her latest novel Behind Her Back was published by Head of Zeus on 10 August 2017. Jane kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little…

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Michele Gorman as Lilly Bartlett – extract

Today I’m pleased to welcome Michele Gorman to the blog. Michele’s novels include The Curvy Girls Club and Love is a Four-Legged Word. She also writes under the name Lilly Bartlett, with previous novels including The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square and The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square and her latest novel The Big Dreams…

Tess Gerritsen – Q&A

Today I’m very pleased to welcome Tess Gerritsen to the blog. Tess is the creator of the Rizzoli and Isles series which started with The Surgeon and was recently immortalised in the TV series Rizzoli and Isles featuring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The twelfth book in the series, I know A Secret, was published by Bantam on…

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan – review

Published by Sphere Publication date – 11 February 2016 Source – review copy A gorgeous, warm and joyful story from bestselling author Jenny Colgan, author of LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY, WELCOME TO ROSIE HOPKINS’ SWEETSHOP OF DREAMS and MEET ME AT THE CUPCAKE CAFE Nina is a librarian who spends her days happily matchmaking books and…