2019, Author Love, event, Uncategorized

Literati and a little update from me…

I have been a pretty awful blogger of late. As a good friend of mine said I’ve been a butterfly reader flitting from book to book. As it stands I’m trying to rectify that I have an audio thriller and a gorgeous fiction book on the go and I’m determined to get them finished and do them both justice as I am truly mesmerised by both.

I’ve also managed to miss a few blog tour posts they will go up I’m just unsure as to when. But watch this space.

On Monday I attended the Literati at the gorgeous Grosvenor Hotel a truly fabulous event alongside those faves of mine at Simon & Schuster. This event was a birthday gift from the money my brother gave to me and wow it did not disappoint.

What a night it was…I was lucky enough to catch up with the gorgeous Laura and Charlene two of my blogger friends. It’s always an absolute pleasure ladies, we share a love of books and also look out for each other as individuals – we don’t always get to catch up but we relish the chances when they arise.

The event was hosted by Fanny Blake – in conversation with Milly Johnson, Anstey Harris, Catherine Steadman and Susan Elliott Wright at the stunning Grosvenor House. The questioning and manner by Fanny was exquisite, I didn’t ask a question myself but I did enjoy listening to those who did and speaking to the ladies whilst getting my books signed.

I’ve read and totally adored The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton and The Flight Of Cornelia Blackwood. I had hoped to have finished Milly’s before this day….but I had started it and in talking to Milly I had reached the fun part and I can totally see that I’m loving her latest novel so much. Until now I’ve only read a few of her shorts even though I have a few others. I do love finding fabulous authors when they have a fantastic back catalogue waiting for me.

It was a truly gorgeous evening that started with Elderflower water and ended with Prosecco and nibbles listening to these fabulous ladies talk of their books. Catherine Steadman’s book definitely sounds like a book I need on my TBR pile I’m contemplating listening to this on audio after the thriller I’m in the middle of.

A great night a stunning location, fabulous books and chatter a Monday treat. I’m so glad I made this event and I finally got my books signed by 3 out of 4. I can’t wait to see what other events the Grosvenor hold in the future…Thank you to SJ for letting me steal her gorgeous picture of these fantastic ladies. What a way to spend a Monday evening.

I have lots I hope to share on here in the next coming days….watch this space.

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2019, Bookish Adventures, event

Simon & Schuster Spring Blogger evening.

On Wednesday 6th February I was lucky enough to be invited to Simon & Schuster’s Spring Blogger Event.

These guys are my favourite publishers not only do they host a gorgeous array of authors and thought provoking books they also have the best get togethers. I’m always heartbroken if I can’t attend but thankfully I made the day completely free to attend.

Not only is it fabulous to meet authors it’s also a great evening to catch up with likeminded bloggers of whom I’m very good friends with a number of them. And it’s always lovely to finally put faces to Twitter handles and to meet newbies and get recommended more books. There are never too many books. (She says, although I think I was good compared to a few others cough Laura cough Emma).

The cakes always need their very own introduction made by restoration cakes they always taste fabulous. Thanks to SJ I devoured two of these beauties yup I did just admit that. I had if you were here and the love child.

There were an array of authors some did readings and others were attendees like me yet we did get the chance to chat to them all.

Iona Grey giving is a fabulous reading from The Glittering Hour – it was lovely to meet her especially as she follows my Twitter. I look forward to reading this.

Next up was Alice Peterson – I have one of her books at home and ashamedly I haven’t read it but I’m going to devour my sampler after listening to her read.

Claire Frost’s gorgeous debut sounds fabulous I think this will be the next sampler I read.

Claire is so genuine and is just as excited as us bloggers I look forward to seeing her journey progress.

Rachel Hore gave a fabulous reading she has such a good reading voice.

Now how I’ve never properly spoke to Milly I don’t know. She has the best reading voice, she’s funny and real. I’ve read a few of her shorts but I must delve in I know I have some of her books on my ever expanding shelf but I’m hoping to attend another event after her latest is released so I’m hoping to have read that in time.

Ever since I inhaled the Swimming Pool Louise has been one of my favourite authors although I still have a number of her books waiting on my shelf. That must change. I devoured the sampler of Those People and I know this is a book I will be shouting about I want it NOW. The characters are real, likeable and unlikeable and I know it’s going to be one of those take a day off and sit in a coffee shop reads and I want to do that.

It’s always a pleasure to see these ladies. I had a lovely chat with Anstey Harris also but there is no photographic evidence. As I said to many on that evening I either take lots of photos or none.

So to the goody bag – my pictures could be better. I’m sooo excited by both these proofs I also met Catherine again but no pic again too many people not enough time. I’ve been good and haven’t started Paige’s yet as I’m currently engrossed in The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood which is another Simon & Schuster beauty.

The gorgeous samplers that the lovely ladies signed for me.

The rest of the goodies and the extras I swiped off the shelf we were told to raid…I do blame some of my bookish pals for a few of those. I’ve not read any Gayle Forman and now I have three to devour.

I’m sorry that the blog has been a bit hit and miss of late. Although I’m chuffed that my updates all seem to be Simon & Schuster based. Any of you I met at this event know I’m currently swooning over 90s boyband Boyzone back on the road again today but I would love to hear from you all.

2018, Author Love, event, Uncategorized

Facebook Live – Cecelia Ahern Roar event pre publication

I had hoped to have this post up yesterday but my working day just took over and I didn’t want this rushed. Today is also publication day for Roar so happy publication day Cecelia I hope there are more bubbles.

So Blogtober may have bombed but on the positive side I have had more content on my site period. In doing this it has also made me more positive and organised to come up with more content and actually get it up as soon as it’s hit my train of thought rather than it sitting in drafts until the end of time.

My last post was a fabulous event write up about the awesome Jodi Picoult and now I’m here to share another truly inspirational write up about Cecelia Ahern.

Now firstly, I have been a fan of Cecelia’s from the very beginning- I must admit the last few books I have but I haven’t read them (I know that’s awful- it’s what happens when there are so many fantastic books and authors around).

When Roar was announced I was intrigued I’ve read short stories from Cecelia before and I’ve enjoyed them, the messages from Roar just scream EMPOWERING. I was having a so so day when the notification popped up on Facebook to say I had won the competition to a live interview screening with Cecelia. I was over the moon. I’d managed to pick up a sampler from Waterstones and in doing so before the event I had read 5 of the 7 in the sampler and each story left me with a different feeling. That is what I truly love about her writing and in finally meeting the lady herself again – the last time I had the pleasure was at the Selfridges signing for The Gift. We have both changed a lot since then.

So the Facebook live event took place in the library of the Soho Hotel which was amazing on its own. It was a very intimate setting where we were given bubbles and nibbles shortly after arriving. It was homely and just a truly lovely atmosphere, to be amongst some of Cecelia’s biggest fans with people travelling from as far away as Cardiff. I believe I was the Londoner who had the shortest journey.

We weren’t allowed to take pics during the interview which was fine as for me it meant I was just focused on taking in what was said. I love how passionate Cecelia is after all her success and as I’ve said I’ve really enjoyed the stories that I’ve already read from the collection, and I can’t wait to continue devouring them. I’m really looking forward to the namesake of the book. This collection has been five years in the making and what a treat it’s been so far.

I could say lots about the stories I’ve already read but I will leave that for when I review the full collection. What I will say is if you’re looking for a book to empower you then look no further the underlying messages in Roar are outstanding for any and every woman.

Thank you again to Harper Collins for the fabulous competition and to Cecelia herself for being outstanding once again. Let’s not leave it so long next time. I may have also mentioned Westlife. On that note I will stop typing. Go buy Roar…Roar link

2018, audible, Blogtober, event, Uncategorized

A Spark Of Light – Jodi Picoult event

On 27th June 2018 I didn’t hesitate I booked a ticket to a live podcast with Jodi Picoult in conversation with Emma Gannon. I hadn’t worried too much about whether I would get the day off work but thankfully I did. I haven’t heard of Jodi being in the UK since I had become a fan so I really didn’t want to miss this opportunity and thankfully I didn’t.

In discovering Jodi I have been blown away with Small Great Things and The Storyteller. Most people have watched My Sisters Keeper – which so I was told is totally different to the book and not really one of Jodi’s favourites. It’s one I’ve been meaning to read but cancer related stories are always a proper hard one for me to actually stomach. As I’ve seen the sadness first hand in my own experiences and in my work capacity.

Saturday 27th October I was lucky enough to be in the presence of Jodi. Listening to her speak was so inspiring- I didn’t ask a question but listening to the other participants was awe inspiring especially when Small Great Things was mentioned a lot. This is still one of my favourite and most thought provoking books I have ever read. I listened to that on many walks to and from work and I really did miss this tale. Jodi writes controversial stories so well, in listening to her speak she really does go all out to get each and every side of the story. I loved the question someone asked about how Jodi manages to make you feel empathy even with the bad guys and I totally also felt that with Turk.

A Spark Of Light – in hearing how much Jodi went through in regards to research and that her usually three paged outline was actually forty eight pages long just shows how in depth she went. This novel has been written and it will be read also in reverse I’ve read a little and I’m looking to get to it after finishing this post.

I may have to read this book part physical book and part audible as it’s a gorgeous hardback that I’m not going to want to carry around this could be a first for me.

I told Jodi that listening to her is inspiring although I did get a little tongue tied. I’m so grateful to have attended the event it was everything I could have wanted and more.

They say don’t meet your favourites I totally disagree. Thank you for your time Jodi I look forward to devouring more of your books and hope to chat to you again someday. A Spark Of Light is out now and I know it’s going to be a ground breaking book.

2018, event, Uncategorized, update

What’s your perfect day off?

After a quite frankly horrible week I’ve had a pretty awesome Saturday.

I can’t say I had the much needed lie in that my weary body needs but I wasn’t up as early as when working, and I was up for a fun-filled bookish day.

The fact I was to spend most of my day talking about books and reuniting with friends including Catriona who is usually stateside was also a huge bonus.

Today has been the first day in a while, where I’ve relaxed a little and it’s been refreshing I just hope I don’t regret it come weigh day – but enough of that. Keeping positive and to the books.

I hadn’t been well in the lead up to today so hadn’t read much but today I finally started reading The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton and I’m finally out of my reading funk so thank you to my fab blogging girls and the Simon & Schuster team. This simply unique book won’t hit shelves until January but my oh my. It’s pulled me out of my funk and given me back my reading mojo in the most beautiful of ways.

Books and the City events are always fabulous fun and today was just what I needed as ever there are always bookish goodies and recommendations from the team and my friends.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m a massive lover of Paige Toon but I discovered her late and some of these I didn’t have physical copies of.

Plus the Alice Peterson that everybody has been telling me to devour.

The fabulous Catriona has recommended so many of my fave reads and she brought me this.

I had such a lovely day chatting books, eating treats and helping shape the future of a number of books. An interesting and enlightening day which was exactly what I needed after a physically exhausting week where I have doubted myself in a number of ways.

Today I felt more like me….ooooh and there was a lil Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

2018, event, Uncategorized

Fabulous Night In

Back in March I booked tickets to the Fabulous Night In. I missed this event with another of my favourites last year so I wasn’t to let that happen again.

As it happens the lovely Catriona is still in the country so another day of bookish chat commenced. For me it was good to have a Monday to myself to aimlessly wander, to chill, have lunch out and to talk books.

Look what we found on the underground This was a buddy read of ours across the pond. Although this one sadly never featured a joint video as I lost my voice and then it didn’t happen. I loved sharing this book with Catriona and what a truly beautiful book it is.

I will admit I was late to the party with Cally Taylor but I will always remember Catriona raving about The Accident – which I have since listened to on audio. Accident Audio Review and I also listened to The Escape here is my Review.

C L Taylor and BA Paris were the reason I was so desperate to go to this. Although I must admit I have a few of Bernadette’s but as yet I haven’t read or listened to them. After hearing her speak and meeting her I’m eager to push them up the list. Her latest Bring Me Back I have read such truly amazing reviews, so I cannot wait to devour that.

The news building where this was held was truly beautiful I’m now thinking I should have taken more pictures. But I must admit the Fabulous mag covers there were none of my faves otherwise there would have been lots of posing.

I loved listening to the four authors talk I haven’t read anything from Adele Parks or Sarah Pinborough before but they were both animated characters.

It was funny as any of you who regularly read my blog will know I posted about blog tours and reading books you love over books you feel you have to and it was interesting to see that even the authors feel the same. I have started to say no or to have content rather than physically reviewing everything. I know what I’m about to say might upset some bloggers but I’m even considering not doing blog tours. Just this week two have been advertised not via bloggers for two of my favourite authors whose debuts I loved and reviewed and I’m not on either.

The chat was amusing I’m super excited for C L Taylor’s next novel Sleep although I forgot to ask her is it going to stop me sleeping for the wrong reasons.

What a fabulous night that I got to share with Catriona (now this doesn’t happen much anymore) Laura and her husband Bob and Hannah. Thanks guys I had such good fun.

The fizz wasn’t mine lol. Being a good girl on this diet so it was a Diet Coke for me but I must admit it felt good being happy in my choice.

Once I have finished The Fear I will be reviewing as I will any of the other books I have mentioned.