Just The Way You Are Blog Tour Guest Post: Best Friends, by Lynsey James

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Blurb: Dear Ava,

How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?

Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can’t remember the last time she had a second date. It’s a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.

Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two – she’s in love with someone else. Someone she’s never even met

It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer…but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.

Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she’s determined to unmask Mr Writer…and find out once and for all if he’s Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!

Today I’m thrilled to welcome the wonderful Lynsey James onto the Book Nook, with a fabulous guest post for you all about best friends. Enjoy! xxx Continue reading

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Harper Impulse Fortnight: Guest Post, Giveaway & Excerpt, by Lisa Fox

Unfortunately, I had an absolute nightmare with my internet connection over the last few days, so no blog posts scheduled properly and my drafts were deleted. Therefore, while Harper Impulse Fortnight ended yesterday, I must apologise for the delay in introducing my last wonderful guest, Harper Impulse author, Lisa Fox.  (Check out Books With Bunny for more about Harper Impulse Fortnight, or the #HIfortnight hashtag on Twitter!)

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Harper Impulse Fortnight Guest Post: Writer’s Space by Lynn Marie Hulsman

As part of Harper Impulse Fortnight, I’m thrilled to host Lynn Marie Hulsman, Harper Impulse author, on the Book Nook today, talking about writer’s space. (Check out Books With Bunny for more about Harper Impulse Fortnight, or follow the #HIfortnight hashtag on Twitter!)

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Rebecca Raisin Valentines Interview

Rebecca Raisin is joining me today for a love-themed interview as part of my Valentines celebrations! Rebecca’s Gingerbread Cafe books are some of the loveliest, sweetest books I read last year, and I can’t wait for her to release Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm next month!

  • What’s your dream date?
    Hmmm, good question! I adore Paris, so when I think of a dream date it would have to be there! A stroll along the cobbled streets, a meander around the iconic bookshop Shakespeare and Co, before dinner somewhere romantic, and maybe a show? Just being in Paris would be gorgeous!
  • What’s the worst/most embarrassing date you’ve ever been on?
    When Ashley met me at a hotel in the City I stepped out of the elevator and strode to the busy bar where he was waiting. As I walked in, the skirt I was wearing, sort of a fancy sarong, came untied so I was standing with just my knickers on. Not cool. Not cool at all!
  • What’s your favourite Valentine’s gift you’ve ever received?
    A memorable one was Ash coming home with some gorgeous presents, and said to get dressed up because we were going out for dinner. Once I was all ready to go I walked outside to find a sparkly silver limousine parked there! We were driven up to King’s Park where you can see the view of the city at night-time and of course there was some nice cold bubbles on hand to toast with! It was a great night!
  • What’s your favourite thing about love?
    My favourite thing is having that one person who knows everything about you. They’re the first person you run to when you’re happy, sad, and everything in between. I love that, especially now that I’ve had children, to share that kind of love, like we’re a team, is really special.
  • Can you describe what love means to you in three words?
    Love is everything.
  • What is your favourite memory of your wedding day OR what would be a detail of your dream wedding?
    We’re happily living in sin, but my dream wedding would be in Vegas, being either married by Dolly Parton herself or an impersonator! I heart Dolly! And it would be so much fun!
  • What is your favourite romance novel?
    Chocolat by Joanne Harris…Roux, oh God I loved him!
  • Who is your favourite romance author?
    Kristan Higgins
  • What is your favourite romantic film?
    Love Actually
  • What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
    The happy ever after! I adore that we can write about a world where we get what we want, and while there are ups and downs, love always wins!

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Secrets at the maple syrup farm

Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm is out next month, and you can pre-order now!

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Secrets…we all have them.

Clay’s inheritance of Maple Syrup Farm came at the perfect time. Leaving city life behind he headed for maple-tree surrounded Ashford, Connecticut. Getting the farm in working order again might be back breaking work – but it seems to be the only way for Clay to finally forget about the girl who once broke his heart…

Lucy’s had enough of rules and the stress of planning her life down to the very last detail. Looking for an adventure she stumbles upon Maple Syrup Farm and its gorgeously gruff owner. This could be the perfect place to hide out…!

But the tranquillity and warmth of Maple Tree Farm is enough to heal even the most battered of hearts. There are very few problems in life that can’t be cheered up by maple syrup!

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Rebecca writes romantic comedies for Carina UK.

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Jennifer Gilby Roberts Valentines Guest Post

39642_478021759618_4345682_nI’m married and we have a toddler, so romance isn’t abundant these days. I was married at 27, which came as something of a surprise. At 20, I fully expected to still be single at the age I am now (32). Not in a self-pitying way, but partly because I was quite happy being single and partly because I was completely useless at dating.

First of all, I had a deep inability to tell when a man was interested in me. Even if everybody else knew, until I heard the words, “I fancy you” or “Will you go out with me?” I had no idea. It probably put a few guys off, because they thought I was uninterested when really I was oblivious.

Second, I had no flirting ability. I can’t do hair-tossing, leg-crossing or coy looks without looking like I’ve got a neurological condition (for a visual representation, watch this video of comedienne Sarah Millican, who is similarly afflicted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C40b8zO5mE), so I had precious little chance of making the first move in a subtle way. I’ve asked two guys out in my life (both said yes), because that seemed my only chance of making progress.

Fortunately, my husband is an old-fashioned type of guy. Having decided – apparently at first sight – that he was interested, he set about pursuing me. And it only took four years to get me down the aisle. Well, there wasn’t an aisle because we got married onstage at our local theatre, but the effect was the same. He sang for me at our wedding – how romantic is that?

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A collection of ten contemporary chick lit short stories set around Valentine’s Day.

Stories by Geralyn Corcillo, Julie Farrell, Jean Oram, Amy Gettinger, Celia Kennedy, Kathryn R. Biel, Karen E. Martin, Lisa Bambrick, CeCe Osgood and Jennifer Gilby Roberts.

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Jennifer’s Bio

Jennifer Gilby Roberts has a degree in physics and a postgraduate certificate in computing, so a career writing fiction was inevitable really. She was born and grew up in Surrey/Greater London, but now lives in North Yorkshire with her husband, small daughter, two middle-aged cats and a lot of dust bunnies.

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Christmas Corner Guest Post: What Christmas Means to Me, by Rebecca Raisin

Thank you for inviting me here today, Paris!

What Christmas means to me…

It’s no secret Christmas is my favourite time of year! Hence writing books centred on that time! There’s something completely magical about the season, and it’s even better celebrating it from October onwards… Continue reading

Christmas Corner Guest Post: What Christmas Means to Me, by Jenny Hale

When I think of Christmastime, I think of friends and family. They’re all around me during this season. Christmas Eve church services, big dinners with grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, making and receiving treats for our neighbors, decorating with my children—I am surrounded by loved ones. For me, it’s the people in my life that make this season special. I have a million different memories of Christmas, but I thought I’d share a few of the good ones—the ones that shaped my view of the holiday! Continue reading