Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Book Review - About Last Night

About Last Night . . .About Last Night . . . by Catherine Alliott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was quite a few pages in before I could become really engrossed in this novel. It is a light read so good for bedtime reading. Parts of the plot were weak in my opinion and I found the main character a bit wishy washy at times but that's okay. (But I have no idea why she let her children treat her or indeed why they treated her with disrespect, not to mention bad language. It seemed out of place and unnecessary to the story.)

The back story was nice and juicy and I wished we'd been dealt some of that from the start so that it wasn't back story at all..

I think anyone reading the title might expect some more tension but they may be disappointed when they discover what indeed happened last night.

The book does have some dynamic parts and you will find yourself wanting to know the outcome, the writing is compelling enough in that respect. I think this book will suit anyone wanting an easy going tale of family, love and betrayal and who don't mind dialogue in which young people use the word 'golly'.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Publication Day! Playing by the Rules!

One of the happiest occasions for me has got to be publication day and today is one is of those occasions!

I'm thrilled to announce that Playing by the Rules is released today and published by HQ Digital (Harper Collins)  - which makes me doubly thrilled.

The Blurb

 

On the 3rd of August, I died. Well, not literally, but it felt like my life was over. Melodramatic? Me? Just a teensy bit…


When workshy socialite Magenta Bright learns that inheritance comes with one horrific condition, she mentally kisses goodbye to the money. Get a job and keep it for a year? Not likely.

Naïve CEO Anthony Shearman is persuaded to hire her as his PA, and Magenta decides to stick it out, if only because of her sexy boss. But between the bitchy receptionist, Anthony’s beautiful fiancée and not having a clue how to be a career girl, Magenta barely makes it to the end of her first day.
So, just 364 to go then…

 
If you'd like to grab an e-book copy of Playing by the Rules you can do so here:
 
Amazon, Kobo, Nook, Google Books, it's also available on the Apple store and more ...

Yep, still excited!!

Monday, 6 February 2017

Cover Reveal for Playing By The Rules!

I'm very happy to announce that since signing with the fabulous team at HQ Digital, the cover of my forthcoming novel is now here!

What do you think? I absolutely love it!

Playing by the rules will be published by HQ Digital and available as an e-book very soon ...

Friday, 6 January 2017

Book Review - My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon

My Sweet RevengeMy Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Sweet Revenge was a real page turner and Jane Fallon is the queen of the plot twist. Having said that, I started out believing that I’d unravelled this plot just a few pages in – but how wrong was I?
A novel written in two parts, mostly from the first person point of view of the main character, Paula, this novel moves at a comfortable pace, one I enjoyed and loved getting stuck into. On the whole characters are well defined and developed and the dialogue is realistic and moves the story along nicely.
It’s a very ‘grown up’ book with adult issues that play on the emotions. I felt angry and upset at times but Fallon laces the story with humour and witty comebacks from the cast of characters and I laughed out loud at least once.
I would recommend this book to readers of general and women’s fiction looking for a good writer to entertain when you want to snuggle up with a book and a cup of tea.
A couple of things I wasn’t sure I liked was the way the protagonist speaks directly to you as a reader at times and brings you into a conversation – those were the points of the novel I felt were forced and didn’t quite flow for me. Also, I got a little confused with the way the ending was told - jumping to three months on to a character I always thought was surplus to the story and then jumping back to find out what happened in the main plot. it could be because this was a galley copy and needed to be fixed. But you will find that there is a satisfying end to a satisfying story. Grab a copy.

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Monday, 2 January 2017

Hello 2017!

I'd like to say I'm starting 2017 with a bang but it's going to be more of a ping. But that doesn't mean that 2017 won't be great!


I've already started drafting my next novel, decided to take more exercise, going to drink more water and say a positive affirmation everyday. This is how I guarantee that I stay focussed, stay positive and get lots done without working myself into a frazzle.

I worked hard in 2016 and achieved a lot of personal as well as work related goals so I'm approaching the coming year in a similar way.

Just before Christmas I did a 30 day yoga camp (at home and followed it on YouTube - nothing fancy). With each day came a new affirmation and those really made me focus on what was important to me and set the framework for how I'd like to be in 2017.

So here I am - the 2017 version of Rosa Temple and I can't wait to get going ... but first, I'll put the kettle on, polish off the last few Xmas chocolates and join you on my next blog as I start my 2017 journey.

Happy New Year everyone!!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

My Favourite Christmas Recipe & Why I Love It!

Originally posted on Hello Chick Lit on Dec 8th 2016


Christmas is synonymous with so many things for so many reasons for each of us. I could write a list of all my go to Christmas food, films, books and things to do but nothing beats my favourite Christmas recipe, which is mulled wine.
I’m not sure if mulled wine is enjoyed around the world but in my little flat in West London, the month of December will see at least one saucepan of this lovely, warming drinking being made and devoured.
I first got into making mulled wine the very first time I decided to throw a Christmas time party. I was living with my sister and a friend at the time and we invited a bunch of people round. Mulled wine is good drink to make for a group of people because it goes a long way, is inexpensive and can be as alcoholic as you want it to be or not.
Since being married, my husband and I make mulled wine every year and one of the biggest reasons I love it is because of the memories it evokes every time I think about Christmas. My hubby and I tend to have a small gathering of friends drop in around Christmas time and they’ve come to expect the tradition of our mulled wine evening. So when I’m out buying the ingredients for mulled wine I’m always reminded of the great times we’ve had with friends and family, especially those we don’t get to see very often. For me, Christmas is a time for family and friends and I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love a warm glass of this delightful little drink. It works whether you’re eating something savoury or indulging in a mince pie or two (or three).
Over the years, we’ve experimented with different recipes because there are so many ways to make it. The biggest cheat is to buy a box of mulled wine spice from the supermarket and follow the directions. Yes even a mulled wine connoisseur like me resorts to cheats every now and again. And why not?
Where you mustn’t skimp is on the wine. Very often I’ll buy a cheaper wine to make it with but if you do that, just make sure it has a full body to it – just my little tip!








So now onto a starter mulled wine recipe:
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 60g/2oz demerara sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • grated nutmeg
  • 1 orange, halved or slices
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 60ml/2fl oz brandy/spirit of your choice amount of your choice :)
Method
  1. Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bayleaf and the spices.
  2. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Taste to see if you want the wine sweeter, and add more sugar to taste.
  3. Off the heat, stir in the brandy if you are using it.
  4. Strain into heatproof glasses and serve.
Remember you can modify as much as you like and please feel free to experiment – I certainly do!.







ENJOY!

Monday, 12 December 2016

A Chilled Christmas

I've been patting myself on the back since completing the first in my three book Magenta Bright series. In case you didn't know, Magenta is the heroine of my up-coming romantic comedy.

The first book is called Magenta Bright: A Year In The Life and it's all about Magenta having to fulfil her grandmother's dying wish in order to get her hands on a quarter of a million pounds! Well that's the 'in a nutshell version' you'll learn more about Magenta in the new year so watch this space ...

I had so much fun writing this story. It started off as one idea and sort of developed into a whole other story; one I'm very happy with and can't wait to share with you.

Of course, now book two and three have to be completed. But, at the moment, I'm taking it easy for a while and preparing myself to get back into story telling mode. I've been enjoying all the lovely reviews that have been coming in for my other books and I'm catching up on my mile long reading list. In other words I'm chilling.

Let's face it, it's not long until Christmas and I want to enjoy it with my family before the world of Magenta Bright takes over.

How are you spending the run up to Christmas? Will you take it in your stride? Panic? Or is it just another day?

As for me, I'm looking forward to a chilled Christmas!