Tuesday, 22 July 2014

You had me at Merlot - Lisa Dickenson Blog Tour


Part 1 Published: 14th July 2014

Part 2 Published: 21st July 2014

Part 3 Published: 28th July 2014

Part 4 Published: 4th August 2014

Publisher: Little Brown

Thanks for stopping by at the Book Corner today as it is my turn on the 'You Had Me at Merlot' Blog Tour! Part of the book is already now, so go grab yourself the copy, you won't be disappointed! 


About the book:

A four-part digital romantic comedy, You Had Me at Merlot is the kind of love story that will have you crying with laughter one moment and nodding your head in agreement the next. Full of sultry summer nights, hilarious moments and plenty of wine, it will warm even the most cynical of hearts and have you believing in the magic of romance… and of course, the power of a decent glass of Merlot.

Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they're single, they're not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren't filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine - she likes her independent life, she loves her job, and she has no desire to walk down the aisle anytime soon. But Laurie wants love and she wants it now.

So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. You Had Me at Merlot Holidays promises crisp sunshine, fun and a chance to stir up some sizzling romance. Elle has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else's idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be?

Review:

I have decided to review this in different parts as there are 4 parts to the story. 

Part 1:

Elle loves her life, she is single and can do whatever she wants. She doesn't have to answer to anyone about what to watch on the T.V, how she decorates her house or how much of her life is devoted to her work. Laurie is her best friend but is completely different. She has decided that it is about time she settled down. The problem is though she is still single and is miserable because of it; she decides that it was about time that her and Elle went on holiday, not just anywhere though but to a wonderful place in Italy. What she reluctantly tells Elle is that it is a singles holiday. This does not thrill Elle with excitement but as she is a good, supporting friend, agrees to go along. 

I really liked Elle and Laurie as characters, right from the beginning I felt I could connect to them and wanted to tag along with them on their holiday to Italy. Although both girls are on the holiday for different reasons, they seem to balance each other really well and they both have some great one liners! 

At times I was laughing out loud! I must say the funniest part of part 1 I think has to be the incident with the Botox...

'Laurie dunked her face back in. I sat on the toilet (with the seat down, we're not that close) while she repeated the face- dunking several times and admired the bathroom.'

I could not stop laughing about this, I could actually see this playing out in my head and wanted to be in the bathroom with the girls! 

Part one is a great introduction to this book, it allows you to feel familiar with the characters and gives you a snippet of what you are in store for. This is a brilliant entrance to 'You had me at Merlot' and after reading this part you are going to want to download the next straight away!


Part 2:

Part 2 is where we meet Jamie! The owners son and the vineyard creator! We also are in for a surprise when we meet Elle's boss! This is not something you expect to happen to you on a singles holiday, oh and poor Elle, she has worked so hard with her image and reputation at work and now she feels she can't let her hair down as her boss, Donna will look down on her...

There is so much we learn in part two and the pace of the book is excellent, we are introduced to the first 'getting to know one another' challenges is a blindfolded wine tasting game. This is where guests will be matched up depending on the wine they seem to have a taste for. Then jumping straight into grape crushing and a trip to Florence! This part really has it all; if you weren't already racing through the book, you will be now! 

We also begin to see a different side of Elle, she wants to keep a low profile and has stated she is not interested in finding a partner, this is not the reason she is on the trip! However 'George' the most annoying character in the world is born and continues to try his luck!!!

I absolutely loved the trip to Florence, from visiting myself I felt I had been transported back there again and could picture where all the characters were. If you haven't been to Florence, after reading part two, you are going to want to jump on the next plane there, even if it is only to see the statue of David...

I would say the trip to Florence I think is one of my favourite parts of the book at the moment, not only is it a beautiful setting but it just seems to be turning out wrong for poor Jamie and Elle, everyone on the trip is annoying and you just wish they would bug off! 

So here are some of my favourite quotes from part 2...

''Yes, go in, look around, go up the dome if you dare.'

Jane stepped forward. 'Is there a lift?'

'There's not going to be a bloody lift, you bloody idiot!' shrieked Vicky.'

I loved this, had me rolling in stitches! I also loved the photo incident with David, couldn't quote that! Would be the longest quote in the world! You will just have to grab yourself a copy to know which bit I am talking about!

''Well those mannequins do have fantastic bums,' I coughed.'

Admiring the views in a sexy undies shop... again very funny! 

As you can see things are hotting up and you will need to pre order part 3 to continue with the story, it is ace and once you will want on your kindle this summer!

Part 3:

I began to really get hooked into You Had Me at Merlot in part 3, I was loving it and racing through the pages so quick I didn't want it to end!

I really enjoyed the misinterpreted marriage proposal and this had me not wanting to put the book down. Barriers between Donna and Elle begin to break down and they both realise there is more to each other than their work lives. Elle, becomes enlightened about aspects of the company she works for she didn't know and Donna is thinking about changing direction, can they help each other? 

I really love this part of the book, everyone is beginning to come together and it shows that strangers can come together to make something wonderful happen. New friendships blossom and the setting just keeps getting beautiful, god! Take me to Italy now! 

Some of my faviourite quotes from this part? Oh go on then!

''Go ahead.'
'What's wrong?'
'Nothing. Shit - ask me.'
'Do you mean "shoot"?''

I actually could not stop laughing when I read this! I had to calm down before I could carry on as I thought I would be missing the next part! 

''What if I didn't shave my legs?'
'I don't shave mine, so I can't complain.''

Another classic and I wonder if all blokes look at it this way? 

Another brilliant part from Dickenson and if you already have not downloaded part 4 you need to now as you are not going to want to miss it!

Part 4:

Although the book is a very funny one, there are also moments of sadness and times to make you think and question your own life, which is done brilliantly. Friendship is covered brilliantly and the strength and what you would do for your friends really brings it home. Elle never wanted to go on a singles holiday but she did for her best friend; as it turns out she discovered a lot about herself and others around her. 

There is something that will really shock you in part 3 and you will not have been expecting it at all! This as a reader changed my opinion on some people in the story (I don't want to say too much so not to spoil it for you.)

This is a whole journey, you feel you have been on along with Laurie and Elle and all the other guests that have arrived on their holiday. 

So favourite quote of part 4?

''Owww,' she warbled from inside the hedge. 'Get off, these are expensive knickers.'

The story as a whole is not that long, however it feels so much longer, Dickenson has a way with words to include so much into paragraphs. I was only a few pages away from the end and another big part of the story happened, I  had no idea how it was going to end. It was wrapped up wonderfully though and didn't feel rushed at all. 

I thoroughly enjoyed all parts of this story and it is one I would read again and again. It is one to include in your suitcase for you holiday; if you are not going away this year you are still going to not want to miss out on this! It is perfect even for afternoons in the garden and of course with a lovely glass of wine!

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this in exchange for an honest review. 


About the Author:

LISA DICKENSON was born in the wrong body. She was definitely meant to be Beyonce. Despite this hardship, she grew up in Devon attempting to write her own, completely copyright-infringing versions of Sweet Valley High, before giving Wales a go for university, and then London a go for the celeb-spotting potential. She's now back in Devon, living beside the seaside with her husband and forcing cream teas down the mouths of anyone who'll visit. She is sadly still not Beyonce.

Lisa's first novel, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, winner of the Novelicious Debut of the Year Award, was an instant hit with readers who were won over by her wit, charm and naughty sense of humour - she's got her fingers crossed that everyone feels the same about You Had Me at Merlot.

 Follow her on Twitter for all her book news and Beyonce-related chatter: @LisaWritesStuff




Remember to head over to Eve's Chick Lit tomorrow for her stop on the tour! 

I would like to thank Clara and the publishers for offering this for me to me in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Page Girls birthday giveaway!



I wanted to let all the readers know at The Book Corner that there are some new girls in town!!! These girls are 'The Page Girls' below is a little bit of information about them.


About The Page Girls


We are five best friends bonded by their love for reading, writing, cocktails, and each other. Since graduating from college, April, Cecily, Emily, India, and Jasmine have scattered across the country but remain close by sharing their thoughts and stories through their writing.

The Page Girls was formed to organize these thoughts and stories to share with each other and their readers as well. Every Sunday evening, a new issue is released with essays, short stories, cocktail recipes, interviews, and more - each with its own new theme. In the spirit of sharing, we invite you to be a part of The Page Girls by telling us your stories, submitting your own books for review, or asking us some questions that you'd like to see five opinionated girls answer.


This is a lit mag that each week delivers different themes to discuss with shorts stories, reviews, essays, videos, recipes and more. 

They have been around for a few weeks now but this is their 'birthday week!' they are going to be hosting some fab giveaways throughout the week. 

You can find out all about them over at The Page Girls here

They are also on Twitter, follow here

They have also been kind enough to give me a couple of things to giveaway here at The Book Corner! 

There are 2 giveaways, one is international and the other is US only. Please make sure you check before entering the giveaways. All entries will be checked to make sure they are real, any that are fake will be removed. 

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

#Sunathon TBR


Here is a #Sunathon update! 

The #Sunathon starts tomorrow and is going to last until next Sunday, it is a readathon that anyone who loves books can take part in. 

So a few weeks ago we released the information that this readathon was taking place and asking everyone who wanted to, to come and join us. Today I am going to be sharing with you my TBR for the week, as there is another readathon taking place at the same time #sexmeupreadathon, I am going to try and include a book or two so I can participate in this one too. 

I am currently going to be working next week full time :O however there are only 3 days left before the summer holidays so I won't be working all week. I also have a wedding to attend on Saturday so this is going to be another day when I cannot read. *Socially acceptable to take a book to a wedding??!!* 

So here are the books I plan to read:





Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - I am currently reading this, however it is quite a chunky book and so do not expect to finish it before tomorrow, so this is going to be the first book I am reading. This is women's contemporary. 





















S.E.C.R.E.T - Trilogy by L.Marie Adeline 
These books are going to be part of #sexmeupreadathon they are quite short and apart from the first in the  series they have been sent to me to review, they were sent quite a while ago but I have been waiting to get my hands on a copy of S.E.C.R.E.T before I started them. This is the perfect opportunity for me to begin this series. Hopefully I will have finished them by the end of the week! These come under Erotica genre. 





Upside Down by Lia Riley - This book has only recently been sent to me, however I need to have read it for a review I have agreed to give soon so I want to be able to read this one during the week. This comes under the New Adult genre. 





These are the books I am hoping that I am able to finish this week, I know there are quite a few! If I have managed to read all these then the book below will be another one that I choose. 





The Beach Hut Next Door by Veronica Henry - This is a book that I have sitting on my TBR pile and one that I am dying to get round to. Hopefully this week I will be able to get to it if I have finished all the others. This is under the women's contemporary/chick lit genre. 





So there you have it these are my books for #sunathon, the way the weather has been lately here in the U.K we may actually be able to call it a #sunathon without lying about the weather!!! I am hoping the weather continues into this week as then we maybe able to finally enjoy it not being at school! 

If I haven't managed to read as much as I am hoping this week then I may extend the #sunathon into the following week so have 2 whole weeks of reading (looking at my pile this looks a huge possibility!!) 

So now I want to know what you all are going to be reading next week and is your TBR as ambitious as mine? 

Thanks for stopping by today and see you all next week!


Weekly Wrap Up - Week 9


Welcome to this weeks wrap up!

Wow what a week!! It has been super hot and sticky!! I have been super lucky this week, I have received a wonderful package from Quercus, they said they would send me something to help me get through my final chemo (fingers crossed it will be my last!) The Lovely Sophie over at Orion also picked me up some freebies from #YALC which I wanted to attend but was too poorly to go. *Hopefully I will be at the front of the queue next year!*

I also was sent a fab package from Scholastic books full with books for my class for September, so thank you very much for that! I know the children are going to love them!

So let's find out about this week:

This week I have been sent:
The Teashop on the Corner - Milly Johnson - From the lovely Sophie!
You're A Big Girl Now - Neil Gordon 
It had to be you - Ellie Adams 
Upside Down - Lia Riley
What Would Mary Berry Do? - Claire Sandy

Books I have read this week:
You had me at Merlot - Lisa Dickenson
My Sort of Kind of Hero - Emily Harper



I feel that I haven't managed to get to read that much this week. My excuse is that it has been too hot ha ha! I have also been back at work for 4 days so that has nabbed some of my reading time. 

All the books I have read, I have reviewed, look out for the reviews on The Book Corner soon.

What have you received/bought this week?

How much reading have you managed to get done? Leave me a comment below to connect. 

I hope you all had a great reading week and thanks for stopping by today.



Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Echoes of Love - Hannah Fielding and Giveaway!


The Echoes of Love wins Gold Medal Award at the Independent Publishing Book Awards!!!



Hannah Fielding’s gripping romance, The Echoes of Love competed with titles by authors from over 33 different countries to win Gold medal in the Romance category at the 18th Independent Publisher Book Awards held in New York. The publisher crossed the Atlantic to accept this hugely respected and well-deserved prize. The award organisers credited the publisher with the ability to “take chances and break new ground” in the Romance genre.

Praise for gold award-winning The Echoes of Love…

An epic love story that is beautifully told, one of the most romantic works of fiction ever written The Sun

Fans of romance will devour this in one sitting The Lady

The book is the perfect read for anyone with a passion for love, life and travel Love it!

Romance and suspense, with a heavy dose of Italian culture Press Association


Blurb:


Venetia Aston-Montague has escaped to Italy’s most captivating city to work in her godmother’s architecture firm, hoping to recover from a broken heart. For the past ten years she has refused to let herself fall in love, only to be caught off guard during carnival when she is rescued from armed thieves by a charming Italian, Paolo Barone.

Drawn to the powerfully attractive Paolo, and despite warnings of his ladies-man reputation, Venetia can’t help being caught up in a passionate affair.

When she finds herself assigned to a project to refurbish his magnificent home deep in the Tuscan countryside, Venetia not only faces a beautiful young rival but dark reminders of her past, determined to come between them.

Can Venetia trust that love will triumph, even over her own demons? Or will a carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?

The Echoes of Love is published by London Wall Publishing Hardback £17.99 Paperback £6.99

About the Author:

Hannah Fielding was born and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. Her family home was a large rambling house overlooking the Mediterranean where she lived with her parents and grandmother, Esther Fanous, who had been a revolutionary feminist and writer in Egypt during the early 1900s.

Fluent in French, English and Arabic, Hannah’s first experience of the world outside of Egypt was attending finishing school in Switzerland aged 18, after which she travelled extensively throughout Europe and England where she met her husband Nicholas. It was love at first sight.

Hannah and her husband divide their time between their home in Kent and their house in the South of France, which Hannah has beautifully restored. Hannah’s first novel Burning Embers was published in 2012.



Giveaway!:
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Friday, 18 July 2014

Deanna Lynn Sletten Blog Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway








Life is full of surprises...

Claire Martin's life is perfect, or at least she tells herself it is. She owns a successful clothing boutique, has a steady, dependable boyfriend, and a beautiful grown daughter who is about to be married. Sure, Claire's husband of twenty years left her for a younger woman four years ago, but that is all in the past. Now, Claire is looking forward to her daughter's Bahama wedding and spending a week in paradise. The only thing Claire dreads is her ex-husband and his wife will also be on the island. Claire is determined to make the best of it, though. What Claire doesn't realize is ignoring her ex-husband for the week is going to be impossible.

James Martin's life is a mess. His wife of less than four years has made him the most miserable man on earth and now they are in the middle of a messy divorce. He's happy that he can forget her for a week as he goes off to the Bahamas to attend his lovely daughter's wedding. Jim is embarrassed to admit to his daughter and his ex-wife, Claire, that he made the biggest mistake of his life when he left her for another woman, so he makes up a story as to why his new wife didn't come along. When he and Claire are unexpectedly forced upon each other, Jim soon realizes what he's lost and he begins to wonder if he can find a way back into Claire's heart.



Excerpt:

From his seat at the back of the plane, Jim could watch everyone in the wedding party. He'd purposely boarded the plane early so he could get on without any questions from Mandy. Soon enough, he'd have to explain why Diane wasn't with him. He just wasn't sure yet what he was going to say.

To admit to his daughter that he'd failed at his second marriage after leaving her mother for Diane left a lump in his throat. What an idiot he'd been. The grass hadn't been greener on the other side. In fact, it had been brown, prickly, and downright nasty. When he'd left Claire to start a new life with Diane, he'd thought it would be a life full of love, laughter, and carefree fun. Boy, had he been wrong. The minute he'd said "I do," Diane ran over him like a steam shovel. She wanted a brand new house, brand new furniture to fill it with, and expensive vacations. She wanted to change the way he dressed, the way he cut his hair, the way he ate, and even the way he walked. What the hell was wrong with the way he walked? Diane became a living nightmare. And the fact that they worked in the same office and that he was her superior didn't help matters. She thought she could reign over him at work like she did at home. But the worst part of all, she'd done everything she could to keep him away from his only child. That had hit Jim hard. When Mandy began planning the wedding, Diane flat-out refused to go on the island vacation and attend the wedding. They fought over it endlessly. He literally had to bribe her to agree to go to the engagement party by giving her a ridiculously expensive diamond necklace. It was all too much for Jim. When Diane refused to go to the wedding during their umpteenth argument six months ago, it was the final straw for Jim. He gave her an ultimatum. Go to the wedding with him, or leave. She chose to leave, thank God. As bad as it sounded, he'd actually been relieved.

Jim looked up in time to see Claire staring back at him. He gave her a small smile and a wave, which made her turn around instantly. Jim sighed. He'd really screwed up his life the day he'd left Claire. True, their marriage had been faltering and it had seemed like their work life had become more important than their relationship. Looking back, however, he realized that it had been his fault completely since he'd let himself become distracted with a younger woman at work while Claire had stayed true.

Jim watched the back of Claire's head as she seemed to be rocking in her seat and chanting something. Then he saw Mandy turn around in her seat and say something to her mother. Jim wondered what Claire had been doing. She seemed nervous. He'd secretly watched her as she'd boarded the plane with the rest of the group and was amazed at how young and vibrant she looked. She'd grown out her sandy blond hair a little and she looked like she'd lost a little weight. Not that Claire had ever been overweight; she'd always looked neat and trim. But today, she looked amazing in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. Since the day they met in college, Claire had always been a smart, confident woman who knew what direction she was heading. Jim had always envied that about her. But today, she looked nervous, almost vulnerable. He wondered if she was, or if it was just his imagination.

As the plane landed in Marsh Harbour, James decided he'd keep his divorce to himself for as long as he was able. There was no sense dumping that information onto a fun family vacation and Mandy's special day. He'd make up an excuse for Diane's absence. He was pretty sure that no one was going to miss her anyway. He sure as hell knew he wasn't going to.


Author Bio:

Deanna Lynn Sletten is a bestselling and award-winning author. She writes women's fiction and romance novels that dig deeply into the lives of the characters, giving the reader an in-depth look into their hearts and souls. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Deanna's women's fiction novel, Widow, Virgin, Whore,made the top 100 bestselling books on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble in 2014. Her romance novel, Memories,was a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012. Her novel, Sara's Promise, was a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2013 and a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her northern Minnesota home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing in the boat on the lake in the summer.

Connect with Deanna:

Deanna's blog: www.deannalynnsletten.com
Twitter: @DeannaLSletten
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DeannaLynnSletten

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dsletten

Find the Book!

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Destination-Wedding-~-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B00JJESQNQ

Barnes & Noble Nook:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/destination-wedding-a-novel-deanna-lynn-sletten/1119134833?ean=2940149286508&itm=1&usri=2940149286508

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Destination-Wedding-~-A-Novel/dp/1941212131/ref=tmm_pap_title_0



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Not Quite Perfect - Annie Lyons with Giveaway!



A few weeks ago I was contacted by Sara from Carina books and was told I had been nominated by Dawn over at crooksonbooks to receive #NotQuitePerfect pack.

This was to help promote their first title being published in paperback. Carina came up with a fantastic and unique way of launching this paperback, in the form of a chain. I was fourth in the chain and Dawn nominated me with this quote:

'You're #NotQuitePerfectBut you're always upbeat, positive and encouraging to everyone no matter what sort of day you are having yourself, thank you for your support, you're amazing.' 

When I read this from Dawn, it actually bought a tear to my eyes, it was completely unexpected and to think someone I have never met in real life had such a nice thing to say to me, really made me feel special. So thank you Sara for creating the chain and to Dawn especially for nominating me. 

Right now that is over back to the project! 

Not Quite Perfect is Annie Lyons upcoming title along with Dear Lizzie, which focus very much on sisterhood. Not Quite Perfect is also about embraces community, sisterhood and positivity. 



Blurb:

'Sometimes having it all isn’t enough…

Emma has everything she’s ever wanted. Her boyfriend’s just proposed and her career has finally taken off. And so what if her latest client just happens to be downright gorgeous? She’s getting married. Isn’t she?

Rachel’s married with 2.4 children (well, actually, 3) and life is all about trying to leave the house in a non-stained top. Once it was about skinny cappuccinos, cocktails and dynamic ad agency meetings. She wants her old life back, but can it ever be the same?

A sparkling, funny tale of two sisters and how often you don’t know what you’ ve got until it’s gone.'


What Perfect Means to Me:

Perfect to me is that in actual fact someone who is not perfect, but give off a persona that they are. A typical example of this is in Desperate Housewives they all live in a 'perfect' street, where everyone is 'perfect'. However beneath the surface no one in the street is perfect and there are secrets that are being hid from the 'outside' world. 

As individuals they all stride to be perfect and want others in the street to believe that they are, but they are not and far from perfect on the inside. I believe that 'Perfect' doesn't actually exist and if it did the world would be a boring place. 

Different experiences in life mold you to who you are today and many of those experiences you have are not perfect and things that you would maybe not have expected to happen to you or things would would have chosen. Saying this, these things make you stronger as a person, it also tests you as a person and being able to get through things although you are not perfect make you into a better person. 

Some may think that it is a bit depressing that I think no one is perfect and that it doesn't exist, however I believe that is what gives us our personalities and shapes us into the people we are.  

I believe that if you go about your day, trying to make someone smile and being generally cheerful to everyone you come across; it can help brighten someones day and although you are not perfect you have added a little joy to that person you have encountered. 

The Chain:

I was the fourth in the chain, which means I had to go on to nominate someone else to become the fifth. For me this was an easy decision and I decided that I would nominate Suzanne from librarianlavender and here is why:

“You're #NotQuitePerfectBut you always look on the positive and put all your energy into creating a brilliant blog. You make me smile and have become a real friend, in the short time I have known you. Thank you for being there.”

You can also visit her blog to continue along on the chain here


About the Author:



Annie Lyons is the best-selling author of Not Quite Perfect (now available in paperback) and Not Quite Perfect Christmas (A Short Story). Her new novel Dear Lizzie is published by Carina and is available as an eBook.

http://www.carinauk.com/annie-lyons

http://www.facebook.com/annielyonswriter

 www.twitter.com/1AnnieLyons

https://www.goodreads.com/annie_lyonswrites


Sara over at Carina has very kindly given me a copy of the book to giveaway too! All you need to do is enter via the rafflecopter below. Good luck and I hope you will continue along the chain to discover who else is #NotQuitePerfect 

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway!!! So what are you waiting for???


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