The Place We Met – Isabelle Broom

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A Great Read

Lake Como, Italy, New Year’s Eve. The perfect place to fall in love? Or the perfect place for everything to fall apart?

‘Utterly romantic’ Adele Parks, bestselling author of The Image of You

Lucy may have suffered her fair share of bad men, but now she has Pete. Finally, a man worth sharing her favourite place with, Lake Como. That’s if she can put mysterious phone calls and glamorous ex-girlfriends out of her mind.

Taggie is rushed off her feet, but distraction is exactly what she needs to forget why she fled England and the sadness she left behind. She certainly doesn’t have time for infuriating stranger Marco. A man is the last thing she needs right now.

Lucy and Taggie might not know it, but their lives are about to collide. The New Year might begin with fireworks – but how will it end?

My Thoughts 

I would like to thank Michael Joseph for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was the first book I read in 2018 and it was the perfect way to start off the year.

I am the bigger fan of Isabelle Broom. I absolutely love how each book except a different place I just love how she incorporates everything from that place into the book.

The place we met is different to her other books. I don’t give too much away so the only thing I’m really gonna say is that the place you met shows you that the past can’t always stay hidden.😉

Taggie and Lucy are two completely different people and I think that’s what made reading this story is so beautiful Isabelle always creates beautiful atmospheres in every single book but I really felt like I connected to both of these characters and I think that’s what made me love it a bit more.

Rating:4/5

Published By: Michael Joseph

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BLOG TOUR – Night Of The Party

 

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‘Illegal’ teenager Zara witnesses a crime, but she must stay in hiding to protect her own future. When romance blossoms with the victim’s brother, Ash, she inadvertently puts him in danger too. The couple are confronted with impossible choices: should they pursue justice at the cost of their future?

Guest post by Tracey Mathias

There’s a moment in Night of the Party where Ash is about to vote for the first time:

He picks up his polling card from the desk and studies it: his name and address, his voter number, directions to the primary school which is the polling station for the day. When this arrived he was looking forward to voting as a vaguely interesting first-time experience; a mark of adulthood. It was unimaginable, then, how much it would actually matter.

Politics actually matters is – clearly – one of the main points of the book. It matters because it can make awful things happen to individual people (and we’ve seen this so clearly and appallingly in the last couple of weeks in the injustices suffered by individuals of the Windrush generation). What about teens, specifically? How does politics affect them?

This is such a multi-sided, complex subject and I’ve found my thoughts swinging from student fees to climate change; from local to national to global issues; from politics as ideology to politics as process.

Obviously, politics affects all our lives – through policies, and the allocation of resources. And some of those effects will be felt more by teens than by others: either because they’re about questions of particular importance to teens (education’s the obvious example) or because they’re about long term issues which will play out over decades rather than years (like climate change and environmental degradation). Underlying all the specific examples are, I think, two bigger questions.

The first’s about intergenerational fairness. (It’s been interesting to be writing this post in a week when this has really hit the news). Older generations (mine included) had benefits and expectations which those now in their teens don’t: specifically, access to free university education and the promise of eventually being able to afford somewhere to live. It seems to me that one function of politics is to balance the different interests of different groups and if one generation is conspicuously disadvantaged compared to others, then something’s going wrong and needs to be put right.

The second issue – for those under 16, especially – is representation. Obviously this was brought into sharp focus by the EU referendum, where no one under 18 was given any say in a decision that will take years to implement and have effects that last for decades. Not only that, but young voices still don’t seem to be being heard in the way in which Brexit is being implemented: a recent study showed that the young care far more about freedom of movement than immigration, but this isn’t the way that policy is going.

I started thinking through this subject by recalling my own teens and my first step into politics. I was 17, the Cold War seemed to be heating up with the deployment of medium range nuclear missiles in Europe, and I joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. There are other ways of campaigning, even if you don’t have the vote – and with online petitions and social media, those alternatives have multiplied since I was a teenager. They can have some effect. But real power still lies in Parliament and voting still matters.

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Disney Book Tag

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This tag was created by Kat from Katytastic (the video for her creating this tag is here!)

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
Jules Ember in Everless. She had no idea what she was setting herself up for!
2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation
Lizzy from Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher, I imagine being with someone for 10 years and then him saying he’s not sure he wants to be with you anymore! That would definitely change a person.

3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters
Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I still haven’t finished this book because it’s so big but no character is the same.

4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep
The Death Cure by James Dashner. I couldn’t finish it for the life of me, I liked the first 2 books but the last one I couldn’t get through.

5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
The first one that comes to mind is Tyler Bruce from Did I Mention I Love You.  If you haven’t read this series, I would 1005 GET ON IT! Especially as they’re’s a new book coming out in June.

6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
I don’t tend to read books that are huge but I recently re-read Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix and I forgot how big that book is!
7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
Red Queen poor Mare

8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
Luca from the Blood for Blood series, he at least got it right in the end!

9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life
All the characters in You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow I really really want to meet Rose and maybe steal Julian from Audrey ( He’s just the best)

10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character
Bellatrix Lestrange! I just love her and hate her at the same time!

I’m not going to tag anyone in particular but if you want to do it then feel free!

Dear Martin Blog Tour

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Today is a very special day because I am honoured to be apart of the Dear Martin UK blog tour.

Now if any of you know me you know how much I LOVE Dear Martin! I even think love is too small a word to explain what I feel for this book.I read this book last August in a matter of hours and even after all this time I don’t think I can put into words how amazing and important Justyce’s story is! but I don’t think it’s even just the story that makes it great it’s the way Nic Stone tells it! If you want to read what my review from last year you can check it out here!

Also since I mentioned my initial reaction to Dear Martin here are my initial tweet reactions!

I think you get the idea that I think everyone needs to read this book, so without further ado I present an Extract from Dear Martin by Nic Stone

September 18

DEAR MARTIN,

I just got back to school after an impromptu trip to the hood. Putting all my cards on the table, I went home with the intention of just staying there forever (which is extreme, I know).

When I got there, Mama was curled up on the couch with her nose buried in How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Just seeing her reading, something she worked hard to teach me to do, I knew I’d be on the bus back to school before the evening was over. 

“Whatchu doin’ here, boy? It’s a school night” was the first thing she said (without looking up from the book).

“Can’t I drop in to see my dear ol’ mom when I’m missin’ her?”

“Who you callin’ old?”

That made me laugh.

“You gonna tell me what’s really going on?” She closed the book and put it to the side then.

I dropped my bag with a sigh. “Just been a rough few weeks.”

“Come on over here and sit down.”

In all honesty, I didn’t want to. Sit down is Mama-code for “spit it out,” and I woulda preferred to get my big toes shot off than talk about the stuff I was trying to escape. But Mama being Mama—and possibly psychic?—she pulled it right outta me. “This about that cop and them handcuffs?”

I dropped down beside her. “Little bit. I keep thinking about how much worse it coulda gone.”

“That non-indictment in the Carson case got you shook, huh?”

“Yeah. We had this discussion in class today, and . . . I don’t know, Ma. Everything I’m doing right now feels like a losing battle.”

She nodded. “Hard being a black man, ain’t it?”

I shrugged. “Guess that’s one way to put it. All I know is I can’t seem to find where I fit. Especially at that school.”

“Hmm.”

“It’s just like . . . I’ve been there my whole high school career, and I still feel like an outsider, you know? We were talking about the Declaration of Independence, and all I could think was how Shemar Carson was straight-up denied his ‘inalienable rights.’ It really bugged me out.”

“It should’ve.”

“I did the math when I got back to my room: there were 192 years between the Declaration of Independence and the end of all that Jim Crow stuff. Now we’re over a decade into the twenty-first century, and I know from experience people like me are still getting shafted.”

Mama nodded. “Mmhmm.”

“Sittin’ there listenin’ to this rich white boy brag about breaking the law after I sat in handcuffs for no reason . . . I can’t even tell you how hard that was, Ma. It’s like no matter what I do, I can’t win.” 

She crossed her arms and lifted her chin, and that’s when I knew there’d be no sympathy. “So whatchu gon’ do? Run away?” 

I sighed. “I don’t know, Mama.” 

“You think coming back here will solve your problem?” 

“At least I’d be around people who know the struggle.” 

She snorted. “Boy, you betta get your behind on up to that school.” 

“But, Ma—” 

“Don’t ‘But, Ma’ me, Justyce.” 

“I don’t fit there, though, Mama.” 

“I’ve been tellin’ you since you were small that you gotta make a place for yourself in this world,” she said. “You thought I was playin’?” 

I sighed again. 

“You ever consider that maybe you not supposed to ‘fit’? People who make history rarely do.” 

“Aww, here we go with this ‘making history’ thing again.” 

“Goodbye, Justyce. I didn’t raise you to punk out when the going gets rough. Get on outta here.” She picked up her book. 

“Dang, I can’t even get a hug? Somethin’ to eat?” 

“You know where the kitchen is. You can get a hug on your way out.” 

See what I deal with, Martin? 

On the return trip, it really hit me hard: she’s right. There’s really nowhere to run. While it’s been hard processing my arrest/Castillo’s death/the Carson case/dealing with fools like Jared and them on the daily without getting discouraged, when it comes down to it, I don’t really have an alternative but to keep going, do I?

I’ll tell you the hardest thing for me today: sitting in the lounge listening to Manny agree with those fools. Granted, I could tell his heart wasn’t in it . . . 

But still.

I’ll be candid with you: sometimes it really bugs me that Manny spends so much time with those guys. I know he’s known them forever, and it’s none of my business, but it’s hard to see my boy hang out with dudes who are blatantly disrespectful to our people. (Who puts a little kid in blackface?!) And then he doesn’t say anything about it? I guess it’s possible it doesn’t bother him, but to hear him agree that things are equal when he KNOWS about my incident . . . well, I’m kinda mad about that, if you want the truth.

I’ve been trying to figure out what you would’ve done if you’d been in my shoes today. I know you lived in a world where black folks were hosed and beaten and jailed and killed while fighting for equal rights, but you still managed to be, like, dignified and everything.

How did you do that, Martin? How do I do that? There are people who don’t see a man with rights when they look at me, and I’m not real sure how to deal with that. Being treated the way I was and then hearing Jared insist there’s not a problem? And then hearing Manny agree with him? It sucks, Martin. It really does.

So what do I do now? How do I handle people like Jared? Arguing obviously won’t work. . . . Do I just ignore him? But what does that solve, Martin? I want to “put my best foot forward,” as Mama would say. That’s what you did. Just gotta figure out how. . . . 

Time to knock out some of this homework. Hopefully I can focus.

Thanks for hearing me out,

Justyce 

Dear Martin by Nic Stone is out now (Simon & Schuster, £.7.99) 

Be sure to check out the other stops on the Dear Martin blog tour here:

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Character Profile – TIFFANY SLY LIVES HERE NOW

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Name: TIFFANY SLY
Age: 16
Nationality: AFRICAN AMERICAN
Hometown: CHICAGO
Current Residence: LOS ANGELES AREA
Talents/Skills: CAN PLAY THE HECK OUT OF A GUITAR!
Favorite Sayings: “WHAT ARE THE ODDS?!”

Any Mental Illnesses?: OCD AND GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER

Current problem?: HAS NO IDEA WHO HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER IS AND MIGHT BE LIVING WITH THE WRONG FAMILY.

Relationships with other characters:

1. MARCUS MCKINNEY: — The mysterious neighbor across the street who paints his face with white paint.Tiffany defies her new house rules and forms a friendship with the strange and eccentric boy.
2. LONDON STONE: — Tiffany’s possible “half sister.” She and Tiffany have a strained relationship and struggle to form a sister bond.
3. ANTHONY STONE: — Possibly Tiffany’s Dad. Tiffany has a tough time connecting to Anthony and believing him to be her real father, since they seem to be nothing alike.
4. XAVIOR XAVION: — Possibly Tiffany’s Dad. Xavior is kind, loving and instantly forms a connection with Tiffany—a fact that only adds to Tiffany’s anxiety since he’s not the “dad” she’s currently living with.

You can pre-order Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now from:

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Waiting On Wednesday – Bruja Born

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Today the book I’m anticipating is…

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Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…

I love the blurb of this book and cannot wait for it to be released so everyone else can love it too!

Interview with Dana L. Davis

If you loved that book trailer as much as me and want to the book before even reading the fantastic interview I did with Dana than here are your links

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9781335994134-shc-prd_orig.jpgWhat inspired you to write Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now?

Ahh, this is a tough question to answer because it requires me being open and honest. The truth is, I experienced trauma in my life and found myself dealing with a different version of myself. A version I didn’t quite understand and was even a bit ashamed of. I started to think about that old saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” and I decided that wasn’t always true! Sometimes what doesn’t kill you doesn’t make you stronger and you find yourself…different. What then? That’s sort of how Tiffany was born. I wanted to tackle trauma with a young audience. Because life can be pretty explosive sometimes and teens are dealing with real issues. In our society we seem hyper focused on putting our accomplishments and “wins” to the forefront with social media etc. Rarely do people feel comfortable saying “I’m just not okay,” when oftentimes that is the case.

Did you read much as a child and if so what were some of your childhood favourites?

I read a ton as a kid! The library was my favourite place. I even used to call those old “story hotlines” where you could dial a number and listen to a book on tape. I’ll never forget the Christmas where money was tight for my mom and we all got one gift. That was my favourite and most memorable Christmas because my mom got me a box set of Christopher Pike books! I was in Heaven and spent all of Christmas break reading. As for my favourites…I loved a good mystery, so Christopher Pike novels were a must. And…lame alert…I read Sweet Valley High! I loved those things! I must’ve read at least a hundred of them. Haha! I also loved the boxcar children series and snuck into my mom’s book stash and read pretty much all the VC Andrews novels. I loved poetry so I read Shel Silverstein and Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. But honestly, I’d read anything. I had a library card and I used that thing ’til it fell apart.

Is there one book you wish you’d written?

I’d have to say the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. I found it to be so entertaining and compelling and the fact that Veronica was 22 when the first book was released fascinated me. Does that mean she was writing the first book when she was 20? 19? Impressive! I was a fan when not too many people had even heard of it. I’d be all…”Oh, you have to read Divergent.” And my friends would respond…”Did what?” I still hope to someday write a fun sci fi/dystopian YA!

Do you ever feel any pressure when writing?
I don’t quite feel pressure when writing. I think it’s because my day job is an on-camera actress and a voice over actress and those two jobs are so emotionally draining that to sit in front of my computer and write is a welcome change from the day to day grind of Hollywood. It’s actually cathartic and relaxing. Now I’ll admit, I do sometimes feel intimidated by more seasoned writers. My writing style is more commercial and fun. So if I read a literary masterpiece I may think… wait…should I even be writing if THIS is the standard of excellence?! Thankfully, I am the type of person who only gets inspired… never jealous. So when I read a great novel, I typically use it as inspiration. 

Off the top of your head, what 2018 books would you recommend?
I’d have to say THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert. The Hazel Wood has this magical ability to suck you in. Grab that book and read one chapter…bet you can’t walk away. I received an early ARC from my agent and remember reaching out to a writer friend who I knew had read a copy and I said “I just put The Hazel Wood in my closet because it’s scaring me to death. Like..I’m afraid of it!” lol. And my friend was all…”I know right?!!” It was such a wonderful treat to find a book I actually couldn’t put down. (except when I locked it in the closet so I could sleep!) 

What can you tell us about your next book?

Oooh my next book! I was inspired and deeply touched by Britney Maynard’s bravery. She made headlines when she chose medically assisted suicide to end her suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. The book is called, THE VOICE IN MY HEAD and it’s about a girl who has a terminally ill twin sister who, like Britney Maynard, wants to die with dignity with medically assisted suicide. Only my main character is hearing a voice in her head that’s guiding her on how to save her sister’s life. Even though the material is heavy…it’s basically a road trip comedy about this crazy, wacky family following my hero on a journey cross country. I had so much fun writing it and feel really proud of it. It’s set to be released spring of 2019! I love tackling heavy material by adding a bit of light and life to it. 

What character in your book are you most like?

I hate to admit it…but I’m most like Tiffany. I changed a lot after my trauma and sometimes have a hard time admitting to people. When I first wrote TIFFANY SLY LIVES HERE NOW my agent wrote to me and said…”Hey Dana…I’m curious…are you Tiffany?” And I remember saying…”Oh no no no! I’m not Tiffany at all.” But I just wasn’t ready to admit that life after trauma has been hard for me. But the book has helped me to be more open and honest to my friends and family. The day I admitted to my mom that I was suffering from panic attacks I cried like a baby. And I remember she said: “Dana, how can I help?” That meant so much to me. I cry every time I think about it. It’s so freeing to be honest with the people who love you.

What is the best and worst piece of advice you’ve ever got?

Oh, this is a great question!! I think the best advice I got was from my mom. I called her my junior year in college and told her I was planning to drop out. I’ll never forget that conversation. She said, “Dana, if you don’t want to get your degree for yourself…get it for me. Get it for your brother and your sister.” And so I did. I finished college because of that conversation. I wanted to do it for my family and ultimately I fell in love with the idea of getting my education for myself as well. It was the best decision. I’m so proud to have my B.F.A in music. 
The worst piece of advice? Hmm. I get bad advice everyday from my iPhone GPS. Does that count? 🙂 Ok worst advice hands down… It was my senior year in college and my music teacher told me I could no longer miss her acapella class because of my acting obligations. One more missed class, and she was going to fail me. She advised me to choose my academic responsibilities over my acting responsibilities. I felt like it was a lame thing to ask. Isn’t the point of a college education so I can get a job? Well, I already had one! I did not listen to her at all. I just learned to be a better liar. “Oh, sorry I missed class, I um…hit a pedestrian and the police had to come.” (This is an actual story I told my teacher! And she excused me from class! But for acting work she wanted to fail me. Insane!)

Why did you want to be a writer?

Because I love to create. And because I feel compelled to help change the narrative that seems to be the go to with people of color. At least black people. The go to narrative seems to be: You’re in a bad neighborhood. Life is hard. Guns are involved. Stereotypes front and center. 
Look. There is nothing wrong with this narrative. These stories need to be told. Some of them are so important. But we as black people have many stories to tell. Not just THAT one. So I am passionate about writing stories with people of color where color isn’t an issue. In my books, my characters are human beings telling their story and sharing their world. No stereotypes involved. 

Did you have to edit bits out of Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now and were their any bits you wished you’d kept?

Yes, yes! Initially Tiffany reads a book called, THE BOY WHO LIVED BEFORE, written by one of the characters in the novel. And portions of that book (The Boy Who Lived Before) were shared in TIFFANY SLY LIVES HERE NOW. But we had to take out the chapters of the other book. I think ultimately it was just too jarring to go back and forth between the two stories. But I hope one day to tell that story too. That is my dream.

Describe Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now in 3 words?

Three words?!! I can’t! Ok, I will try. (deep breath): Life after trauma….

There. I did it! 🙂 Wait…can I have more words?!

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/danaLDavis

Interview With Tiffany Brownlee

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Emma’s life has always gone according to her very careful plans. But things take a turn toward the unexpected when she falls in love for the first time with the one person in the world who’s off-limits: her new foster brother, the gorgeous and tormented Dylan McAndrews.

Meanwhile, Emma’s AP English class is reading Wuthering Heights, and she’s been assigned to echo Emily Bronte’s style in an epistolary format. With irrepressible feelings and no one to confide in, she’s got a lot to write about. Distraught by the escalating intensity of their mutual attraction, Emma and Dylan try to constrain their romance to the page—for fear of threatening Dylan’s chances at being adopted into a loving home. But the strength of first love is all-consuming, and they soon get enveloped in a passionate, secretive relationship with a very uncertain outcome.

Wrong in All the Right Ways marks the exciting debut of a fresh voice in contemporary teen fiction.

Author-Photo.jpgWhat inspired you to write Wrong In All The Right Ways?
I was inspired to write Wrong in All the Right Ways when I finished rereading the book Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Originally, I ready her book while in high school, and I’m partly embarrassed to say this, but I hated it. So I gave it a few years, and after I graduated college, I picked it back up and I fell in love with it! I was obsessed, so much so that I ended up fashioning a novel that centered on a relationship just as complicated as Catherine and Heathcliff’s but this time, putting a YA spin on it to answer a new question: What would happen if foster siblings and fell in love? That’s the whole basis of Wrong in All the Right Ways: forbidden love and how to handle falling in love with someone who is off-limits to you.
 
Did you read much as a child and if so what were some of your childhood favourites?
As a child, I read anything that I could get my hands on. Books, magazines, the ingredients on the back of the toothpaste, and my mother’s grocery lists were among my go-to reads, but book-wise, my favorites were Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket, and Matilda by Roald Dahl. As a kid, I enjoyed reading a little mix of everything when it came to fiction, but for non-fiction, I only picked up books about sea animals. I was (and still am) obsessed with seahorses, dolphins, orcas, sharks, and manta rays, because of the nonfiction books I used to read as a kid.
 
Do you ever feel any pressure when writing?
I normally don’t feel pressure to write at all, but lately I’ve been feeling that way. Most authors say the second book is the hardest because of all the pressure debut authors are under to come up with a riveting story. But for me, ideas aren’t the problem; it’s more the pressure of repeating that is gets to me. I feel like now that I have a novel coming out, I need to do an even better job of writing this time around because I won’t be a novice at it. It can be a bit draining sometimes, but I’m so happy that I have friends and family to calm me down when it starts getting to me. They get me back on track, and help me keep my head in the game.
 
Off the top of your head, what 2018 books would you recommend?
OMG, there are so many! If we’re talking 2018 debut authors, then Rachel Lynn Solomon’s You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is at the top of that list. It just came out yesterday (Jan. 2nd) and I am absolutely obsessed with it. Readers should definitely add that one to the top of their TBR lists because it’s that great. Also Love Songs and Other Lies by Jessica Pennington is a debut must-read, too! I read an ARC for that book and could not put it down from the moment I began reading it. That one comes out April 24th! As for non-debuts, I’m most excited about Stephanie Garber’s Legendary. I read the first book in the series after receiving it in a book box, and the fantastical world that she created blew me away. I cannot wait to read (out May 29th).
 
Do you have any author/writing goals and if so what are they?
I don’t normally do writer goals, but I hopped on the train this year and made two for myself. The first is to market the hell out of Wrong in All the Right Ways to gear up for publication on July 17th, and finish writing my second novel by the end of March. I feel like if I can focus on accomplishing these two goals, 2018 is going to shape up to be one heck of a debut year for me.
 
What character in your book are you most like?
Hands down, I know that I am most like Emma Ellenburg, the main character in Wrong in All the Right Ways. It’s like they always say, “Write what you know,” and when I fashioned Emma’s character, I pulled from a lot of my own memories and experiences to create her. We are both very introverted and shy, but can open up 
 
Why did you want to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to become a writer since I was in second grade, and back then, I saw books as these magic portal that allowed me to jump into any world I wanted to be a part of, or be anyone I wanted to be. Today, books still make me feel as if I had the potential to live an endless amount of lives through them, and I want to give readers the chance to do the same. To take a walk in someone else’s skin chance to live another life outside of their own, even if just for a couple hundred pages.
 
Did you have to edit bits out of  Wrong In All The Right Ways and were their any bits you wished you’d kept?
Yes, I had to edit a few bits out of Wrong in All the Right Ways. At one point, there was a suicide storyline and a few other 
 
Describe Wrong In All The Right Ways in 3 words?
Captivating, Charming, and Swoon-worthy
If you loved this interview with Tiffany then keep an eye out as I have another post with her coming soon!

BLOG TOUR- Summer Theatre By The Sea

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A summer to remember…

Charlotte Saunders has always loved the buzz of city life. So, when she finds herself abruptly fired, dumped and forced to leave London to move in with her sister Lauren in Cornwall, she thinks the world is ending.

To keep herself busy in the quiet coastal town, Charlotte agrees to help the local drama club. Designing sets for their performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, just for the summer, while she figures out her next career move. But could days at the beach, new friends and a dashingly handsome doctor, change Charlotte’s mind? Suddenly Cornwall doesn’t look so boring after all…

The perfect summer romance for fans of Lucy Diamond and Rachel Lucas.

Today I have a fantastic interview with the lovely author, Tracy to share with you!

Why did you start writing?

It started in my early twenties. I’d always loved music, and fancied myself as the next Joni Mitchell or Carol King. It quickly became apparent that I had no skillset for playing music, but I did have a knack for writing lyrics. I enjoyed writing stories to music, which developed into stories without music…and I just kept going.

Who are your favourite authors?

Jane Austen – a cliché, I know, but the woman was flippin’ amazing! 

Harlan Coben and Jenny Crusie are my favourite modern authors. Both skilled at writing clever, witty and unique stories and characters.

How would you describe your latest novel?

The Summer Theatre by the Sea is a romantic comedy about a woman striving for the ‘perfect’ life. When she finds herself abruptly fired, dumped and homeless, she’s forced to move in with her sister in Cornwall, whose life is far from ‘perfect’. She ends up designing the set for a local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream while she sorts her life out. But the experience of am-dram, coupled with the eccentric people involved in the show, challenges her perception of what ‘perfect’ really is. And when the show is over, she’s left questioning whether she really wants to return to her old ‘perfect’ life at all.

What made you want to write this novel?

It was inspired by my love of amateur dramatics. There’s a sign up at my local theatre that says ‘All Drama Must Remain on the Stage!’ which anyone who’s ever been involved with amateur dramatics will tell you is hilarious. Am-dram is rife with egos, mishaps, and the most bizarre situations you can imagine. It’s the perfect backdrop for a story.

Who’s your favourite character in the book?

Dusty, a six-foot drag queen and the owner of Dusty’s Boutique. When we first meet Dusty, she’s wearing a blonde beehive wig and is handcuffed to a tree. This is based on a true event. My friend stumbled across this very scenario when out walking her dog. When she told me the tale, I just knew that one day it would find itself included in a story. 

What are a few of your favourite books?

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Bet Me – Jenny Crusie

Tell No One – Harlan Coben

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

What book do you wish you’d have written?

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

What can you tell us about your next book?

My next book is called Starlight on the Palace Pier and it’s set in Brighton. It’s about rectifying mistakes of the past and learning to forgive. The two main characters had a relationship in their teens and were forced apart. Twelve years later they meet up again and the sparks fly!

Would you rather live in London or Cornwall?

I love Cornwall. The breath-taking beauty of the landscape and that sense of permanently being on holiday. But I’d have to choose London – I need my regular fix of theatre!  

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The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo

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He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

 

My Thoughts

The writing in this book was simple and beautiful. I could feel every single emotion of the main character Lucy.

This book had so much meaning that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one review. Lucy and Gabe’s story was heart wrenching but truthful. It was a brutally honest account of love.

Jill showed us how fragile our hearts are and how we have to keep chasing our dreams because at least we can say we did it even if it doesn’t work out.

If your looking for a passion filled and intense love story that happens once in a life time then this book is 100% for you!

Rating: 4/5

Published By: HQ