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A snapshot of my Thursday….

Firstly I’m sorry for another extremely late post. This was also not my original plan for today and any of you who follow my bookish and or personal Instagram I’m sorry that you have already seen what I’m about to share.

Sunny lazy days are a rarity for me so today I took some time for just that me time.

Here is a perfect picture you can clearly see the sun is out. I have a cup of tea in my mug from my bestie with my fave man on. Nail varnish I actually painted my toenails today although my feet need a proper good treatment so I’m not sharing. Miranda Dickinson – needs no explanation in my eyes she’s what I would depict as one of the greatest writers of magic.

My life has been chaotic at the moment and the sparkly magic is just what I needed today, I’m still not done with these beauties just yet. Finally the Hula Hoop puffs now I do love crisps but I’ve never really been one of those people who has them in excess. Since starting my Slimming World journey I kept seeing them being spoken about as they are low in syns but do you think I could find them – mum found them for me and today was my first opportunity to sample them and wow what a little treat.

The last part of my day was on this bad boy at Boogie Bounce – I had a week off last week and hadn’t realised just how much I missed it.

I hope you enjoyed my snapshot of my me time. This may well become a regular feature on random days. I haven’t been sleeping to well so I’m trying to embrace some of the read to sleep…so off I go.

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Sparkly Inspiration…

On this gloomy Monday.

Don’t get me wrong it’s warm there’s a humid feel here in London but it’s really grey. I don’t really get the Monday blues as working in retail I rarely get a full weekend to myself but today is proving trying.

I am really loving my daily blog posts, I’m not feeling the pressure if anything it’s making me want to do more and progress with my content. If it makes me happy and if my readers engage with it then happy days. That’s when I’m at my most happiest here on my little place on the Internet.

I’m often inspired at times when I can’t write, like when I’m trying to sleep or in the bath just to name a few. Seeing as Miranda Dickinson’s gorgeous Somewhere Beyond the Sea is released this Thursday I was thinking how can I talk of that more….her magical way of writing is just what I need in my life right now. Saying that I’m not looking forward to the book hangover that will follow.

Miranda has written some gorgeous bookish boyfriends for me over the years and I’m pretty much in love with Kieran. I first met him in her ebook prequel Christmas in St Ives and I just loved everything about him. He’s extremely humorous but he’s also very sensitive which is a gorgeous gift in a guy. Where I’m at right now he has only dipped in and out but his humour and sensitivity are there each time he graces the pages.

Today I woke up feeling exhausted just thinking about what today holds for me…but I’m hoping it ends with a massive smile on my personal journey too.

As I said I was looking at how I could talk more of the sparkly talk ahead of publication day later this week, and then the queen of pure escapism put up a soundCloud clip of one of her songs on her Twitter account.

The song in question is called ‘A million Miles’ I must admit I listened to this snippet a number of times whilst getting ready for work and on my descent to work and I instantly felt inspired and awake. I love how a piece of music with such inspirational words could easily change my outlook on my day.

Granted it’s still not going to be a walk in the park but Miranda’s song made me dream, think and more importantly it inspired me for the better this morning.

Miranda Dickinson thank you for brightening my Monday and for making me reach higher without even realising it.

Today might not be great but there will be greatness in today…. Do let me know how your Monday is going and what books or bookish things you are doing?

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Ebook Review: Christmas in St Ives By Miranda Dickinson

Blurb: Heartbroken Cerrie Austin is doing her best to hold it together in the run up to Christmas. Not easy when her cheating ex works in the same school and everyone’s eyes are on her. The last thing she needs is a new teacher meddling in her beloved nativity play, even if he is charming, handsome and a talented musician. The Christmas performance is her pride and joy, and she won’t be undermined.
Seren McArthur has recently returned to her Cornish hometown and is enjoying being close to her family and her oldest friends again. St Ives is at its most magical at Christmas, with fairy lights and tinsel in every shop window, tempting locals and holidaymakers alike as they pick up gifts. But an exciting opportunity is just around the corner: will she stay or will she go?
Meanwhile, the St Ives Christmas celebrations are in crisis: plans for a giant lantern parade through the starlit streets have ground to a halt. As the snow starts to fall, can Cerrie, Seren and their friends Kieran and Aggie rally around in time to save the big day?
Christmas in St Ives is a charming novella that introduces you to the characters from Miranda Dickinson’s upcoming novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea. Available for preorder now!

Review: #TeamSparkly member – super proud to start with that line. When Miranda asked if any bloggers, reviewers etc wanted to be a part of something special I was instantly thinking hell yes. I never forget how excited I was when she revealed the cover for Christmas in St Ives. I’m still in awe of how beautiful and perfectly festive it is.

As you can see it’s quite clearly Christmas at the seaside. The red and white and the lighthouse, with the gorgeous snowflakes.

I’m so annoyed that it’s taken me so long to review this. I feel like I have let myself and Miranda down by this – especially as I was one of the early team. SORRY!

I read most of this short in my first sitting but awful headaches and crazy work days ruined me. In some ways I have loved having these characters by my side for a little longer. When Miranda said this novella would feature the characters from her next novel Somewhere Beyond the Sea, I was excited and now I literally cannot wait for June.

This was the perfect start to the Christmas festivities. Download it, snuggle down with a peppermint mocha and embrace the sparkliest novella I have ever read.

Cerrie is a character that I instantly loved and her friends are all great too. Christmas is all about the kids and the fact that Cerrie is the teacher – who organises and puts on the Christmas production. It makes you think of all the smaller things that make the festive season great.

I have already admitted to Miranda via Twitter that she has given me another book boyfriend in Kieran – he’s a sweet soul and his emotions get the better of him at times. Saying that each and every one of the friends had me from the off.

I loved how each character had chapters each and we obviously got both versions of certain situations. This novella has emotional real life scenarios, Christmas treats, good friends and a hint of love. What more can you want from a Christmas read.

Miranda has a beautiful way with words, she always manages to make me escape into a world I long for. Christmas in St Ives is a beautiful tale that will give you hope during the festive season.

Miranda creates magic and this novella had me captivated from start to finish. I can’t wait to be reunited with these gorgeous characters in June when I will buddy read once again with Cat.

My gorgeous copy which includes my Twitter handle name and that was my first Christmas choccie of the season….

If you have read this beauty feel free to chat with me some more???

I loved all of these characters and the story had me. Such emotional family and friend moments. I am such a sap I know.

If there’s another gorgeous novella I have missed feel free to let me know. Miranda has a treat that I’m sure to want to share later so check back this evening. I believe it’s Kieran based 😳😜.

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Book Cover Challenge day six – I had to mention this lady. 

So here I am on time with no catching up. As I have mentioned on a number of occasions Sunday’s are generally my guaranteed day off. Which is why from time to time I like to lazily sit. As I type I’m still in my pjs and my hair needs a good wash ha!!!! Listening to the football.

Without further ado….

Today marks day six of the book cover challenge, which I am going to miss after tomorrow. So I may have to continue this from time to time as I have really enjoyed it. 

I cannot do a challenge without featuring this lady. Miranda Dickinson is one of my favourite authors, her books let me escape my own reality, they give me hope, love and they really do put a smile on my face. If I’m having a reading blip she pulls me through. Not only is she a fantastic wordsmith she is a awesome and lovely human being who has given me a well needed boost on more than one occasion about a number of things. 

It Started with a Kiss was the first book of Miranda’s that I read. It opened the door for my love for Miranda’s way with words. Over the years I have been a part of #TeamNell and #TeamSparkly helping Miranda promote her books with the latest being one of them in Christmas In St Ives which has my heart well and truly – it links to her next novel Somewhere Beyond The Sea which comes out in June 2018 and can be pre-ordered Here. These characters are so adorable and you can’t help but fall in love with them. I look forward to spending more time with them next year, I’m pretty sure I shall be buddy reading with Catriona again too. 

I reviewed it over on Dark Readers you can read it Here. This year Christmas in St Ives has been my first festive read I will be finishing it shortly so it may well be a double Miranda post day. Watch this space. I can’t help but mention Fairytale of New York which is one of my ultimate favourites where my book boyfriend Ed came from and Miranda brought him back to me in I’ll Take New York. 

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Team Sparkly the secret is out….

If you don’t know what I’m talking about then check out my Twitter www.twitter.com/HayleyTOfficial or any of Miranda Dickinson’s social media…..

#TeamSparkly which I’m a sprinkle of have been dropping hints about Miranda’s secret and today at 5pm she broke the news she’s written a Christmas Novella Christmas in St Ives… how gorgeous is this cover….I may have known about the novella but I hadn’t seen this gorgeous cover. 


You can pre-order it here for an awesome £1.59 cheaper than a cup of coffee. It’s out on 19th October 2017 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B075F24ZCD/ref=mp_s_a_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1504804808&sr=8-13&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=miranda+dickinson 

If that’s not enough to get you pre-ordering here’s the blurb.

Heartbroken Cerrie Austin is doing her best to hold it together in the run up to Christmas. Not easy when her cheating ex works in the same school and everyone’s eyes are on her. The last thing she needs is a new teacher meddling in her beloved nativity play, even if he is charming, handsome and a talented musician. The Christmas performance is her pride and joy, and she won’t be undermined.

Seren McArthur has recently returned to her Cornish hometown and is enjoying being close to her family and her oldest friends again. St Ives is at its most magical at Christmas, with fairy lights and tinsel in every shop window, tempting locals and holidaymakers alike as they pick up gifts. But an exciting opportunity is just around the corner: will she stay or will she go?

Meanwhile, the St Ives Christmas celebrations are in crisis: plans for a giant lantern parade through the starlit streets have ground to a halt. As the snow starts to fall, can Cerrie, Seren and their friends Kieran and Aggie rally around in time to save the big day?

Christmas in St Ives is a charming novella that introduces you to the characters from Miranda Dickinson’s upcoming novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea. Available for preorder now!

So what are you waiting for…..if you want more I will be on my YouTube channel later to chat #TeamSparkly…