2020, Author Love, Buddy Read, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: It’s Not Me it’s You By Mhari McFarlane

Blurb: Delia Moss isn’t quite sure where she went wrong.

When she proposed and discovered her boyfriend was sleeping with someone else – she thought it was her fault.

When she realised life would never be the same again – she thought it was her fault.

And when he wanted her back like nothing had changed – Delia started to wonder if perhaps she was not to blame…

From Newcastle to London and back again, with dodgy jobs, eccentric bosses and annoyingly handsome journalists thrown in, Delia must find out where her old self went – and if she can ever get her back.

Review: I will never tire over fangirling over Mhari McFarlane. One of my go to authors who I still haven’t met and ashamedly this one I got for Christmas a while ago. It’s one of those gorgeous hardbacks that look lovely on the shelf yet you never want to lump it about. So seeing as we’re at home it’s the perfect time to read these beauties. Catriona had mentioned also being a fan of Mhari so we decided this would be a buddy read of ours and what a read it was.

Whenever I pick up a Mhari novel it’s truly like catching up with an old friend. It’s like nothing has changed. It’s Not Me it’s You has all the trademark wit that you will know if you’ve read one of her novels. If this is your first wow it’s a long one but it’s a compelling treat.

Delia Moss is a powerhouse yet when we meet her she doesn’t realise how extraordinary she really is. She’s a 21st century girl taking her future in her own hands or she thinks she is when she decides to propose to Paul. Although everything about his reaction should have sent her running for the hills but there was so much more to the story. Paul’s betrayal saw the catalyst for Delia to make some drastic changes.

Delia’s best mate Emma is awesome and I also loved her from the off. She’s the mate you need when you’re feeling at your lowest. I loved their friendship if proper put a smile on my face.

Delia moving to London showed her just what she was missing and it was her own creativity and just her general independence. I loved seeing her change for the better delving into her creative juices and actually feeling positive. I must admit I pegged Adam wrong but he’s definitely a character who you fall in and out of love with throughout.

Delia had attended so many interviews where she’d put her heart and soul into them yet the outcome was the same. Just as she was starting to think the big smoke wasn’t for her she was given a chance. I loved this anecdote this happened to me once and the one interview I hadn’t worried about was when I was most myself and that also worked out.

I don’t want to say too much on her job as it’s eventful but her job meant she met Steph. This is another thing I love when you’re in a work environment there will always be your sort of people but if it wasn’t for work you would never have met them. I have some long-standing friendships from various work places I might not see all of them as much as I once did but they mean a lot to me all the same.

A tale of love, life, friends, family and realising that you can’t be happy unless you are truly being yourself. I loved the pictures that accompanied some of Delia’s creativity in the book.

2019, Author Love, event, Uncategorized

Waterstones Event 10th June Paige Toon, Lindsey Kelk and Lucy Vine.

When Paige Toon started adding events for her promotion of If I Go Anywhere I had hoped to have got to her Bluewater signing until it became apparent I just wouldn’t get that Saturday off work.

Then the events alongside Lindsey Kelk popped up. I’m not going to lie there were so many fantastic author combos if I had time and money I would have got to more. I’ve been desperate to meet Mhari McFarlane since I devoured You Had Me At Hello all those years gone by. I’m a huge fan of Isabelle Broom – although she’s given me major travel envy I’ve still not visited Mojacar yet.

Anyway I could ramble for hours then London was announced with Lindsey Kelk and Lucy Vine. I still haven’t read a Lucy novel but I’ve had Hot Mess on my Kindle for a while and at the event I purchased her latest which sounds fabulous and should be my next read after what I’m in the middle of.

I’d booked the day off so I could chill I was hoping to have finished Paige’s book but I also had revision to do so revision and trying to balance having some me time and getting things done had to happen.

The weather was god awful but I wasn’t letting that dampen my spirits most of my bookish lovelies had been to the event a week previous but I wasn’t going to miss out and I’m glad as I did meet some lovely readers. On my way in I grabbed a Salted Caramel Latte and a piece of Tiffin from Costa two of my naughty treats when given half a chance and when I arrived I was handed a glass of Prosecco which was also appreciated.

I’m still a million miles behind on the I Heart series but I had to buy a physical copy of the last one which Lindsey kindly signed for me. I have a few on paperback but they always can’t be found when you’re actually going to a signing, I know the first one was loaned to someone and gone forever and I’ve been listening to them which is always fun so I think I will listen up to the latest and then my signed copy will come out.

Right the event – I loved attending the one last July in the church it was such a fun night and left me with a happy heart and I knew this one would be just as much fun. This time round I didn’t ask a question but so many people had good ones. I love just watching how the authors interact and their genuine passion for their books and their friends. I must admit like most book events of my faves it left me wanting a holiday and time to just sit and read.

Paige’s latest I’ve finished and I finally posted my review yesterday. It’s always lovely when one of your favourite authors remembers you 🥰

I think where I am in the I Heart series may have to be my next audible treat and Lucy’s latest is in my up and coming pile. I anticipate finish that and delving into Hot Mess which has been sat patiently on my kindle for what seems like forever.

I love instax and this just made me realise I should use mine more. OMG I may have to take mine to my next event. Which I don’t have at the moment damn missed a trick could have taken it on Wednesday. I love that I’m being as I still have so much good to come. I adore that these events don’t make you feel bad for being behind it just makes you eager to indulge and I love that feeling.

Thank you ladies for a fabulous night of fun and escapism at best. You guys look fabulous my hair not so much damn rain. Thank you to Jess Barratt for the gorgeous photos and ladies it was a pleasure I cannot wait to do it again.

2019, Author Love, Book Launch, event, Uncategorized

Those People By Louise Candlish Book Launch

It’s always an absolute pleasure to be invited to a Simon & Schuster event. As it happens this was a rather special one it was the launch for Louise Candlish’s Those People last night.

Now after the Spring blogger event I devoured the sampler and have been itching to read this book. I ignored Netgalley as was studying and knew I wouldn’t get any work done but then I instantly regretted it. The sampler had me wanting more – I too have questionable neighbours but I’m hoping it never gets to that point ha.

So when the invite came through it was a no brainer I wanted to be there.

Louise is lovely I’ve met her at a few events – The Swimming Pool was the first of hers I devoured it gripped me and I enjoyed it so much I had to share it so I gave it away now I wish I still had a copy. If you haven’t read it you really must.

Today is the official publication of Those People – I know I won’t get any reading time at work so tonight I will be re-reading what I’d already read and getting well and truly stuck into this beauty. You never know there could be a late night post if I’m really reading. Keep the tea coming it could be a long night. For the last three evenings I’ve been busy had two Fight Klub sessions and then the launch last night so will be nice to head home have dinner and curl up with a book and what a book to choose. Louise whatever you do today I hope it’s fabulous and thank you once again for being so welcoming and for writing books that have me screaming at them and wanting more.

I never take enough photos but last nights was quite a good effort from me. Rachel and Charlene as ever it’s always a pleasure to chat books, life and have drinks and cake with you ladies. Sharon I hope you got a fabulous amount of reading done on your journey home.

SJ as ever it’s always a pleasure, you are always welcoming and a complete superstar.

Harriet – Thank you for the massive ego boost it’s always lovely to spend time with you I hope you have a brilliant holiday although I will star spamming you re Heidi Swain in say September LOL!

There isn’t much else for me to say but buy this beauty. I originally wanted a spredges one but I settled for a book and spredged cake which I had too much of haha.

You can bag our copy here whatever your preference is. I’m not usually a hardback girlie as I hate carrying them but they do look so good on my ever expanding shelf. Now let’s get this work day over I want to settle down with Those People who you don’t want to live next to.

Spring Blogger event

I have another event to write up so watch this space features Paige Toon. Lots of blog posts to get finished and up can I make the rest of this week really blog productive.

2018, Fitness, Off Topic, personal, Uncategorized

If in doubt Fight it out….

I had a number of options for blog posts today and I never expected it to be this. I also never expected it to be this late in the evening. I promise no complaining and bookish goodness tomorrow. I have some gorgeous guest posts that I cannot wait to share with you.

I had a fabulous holiday and considering I was only by the seaside the weather was pretty good, and it was great to spend time with my family including my four week old niece and nephew alongside their big sister. I’d hit my Slimming World target on the Monday before I left and I expected there to be some changes. I hadn’t been a complete pig but the scales upset me last night. I don’t think it helped that I’d had a strange work day and since returning from holiday I’ve had an awful sore throat cue me feeling extremely sorry for myself.

Today I have had a good and organised food day. I’m starting to cough up crap (sorry tmi) and I’ve just finished an awesome Fight Klub class. This class has me well and truly addicted, I’m hooked and I hate missing it. I’ve even got to the point I’m now changing my plans to fit in another session tomorrow. In that hour I let out some aggression and hopefully sweated out this awful bug that I feel I have.

This is the definition of Fight Klub that is stated on the group I attend in Bexleyheath and Falconwood.

FIGHT KLUB® is the boxing and martial arts inspired workout scene sweeping the nation! Using FIGHT KLUB®’s uniquely designed punch bag, the workout is formed of structured combinations of authentic boxing, kick boxing and Thai boxing moves. Suitable for ALL levels of fitness and set to Drum & Bass and House music, the workout hits all major muscle groups in the upper and lower body. Participants benefit from improvements in cardiovascular endurance, core strength, weight loss and muscle tone.

I literally cannot imagine life without this class, so much so I’ve even started thinking about becoming a trainer. Not that I think I’m anywhere near as awesome as Maxine and Sarah are. So through some crap stuff this week I have found my strength and determination thanks to friends, family and Fight Klub. If in doubt fight it out. HOW MANY??

https://ravingklubbers.com

2018, Author Love, Book Snippet, Netgalley, Review

Sampler: Five years from Now By Paige Toon

Blurb: What happens if you meet the RIGHT person at the WRONG time?

Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.

Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they have to separate.

For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?

‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’

Sampler Summary: Firstly I have to mention I haven’t had Paige’s writing in my life for long but each story has left me longing for more. I know I have been slack on some of her reviews. Usually because I have had a book hangover after. Leaving me distraught and unable to do her fantastic writing the justice it deserves.

So...Five Years from Now.…how truly gorgeous is the cover. I said that when I first saw it but I was sharing another cover reveal and knew I would have a chance to mention it. The line ‘What if you met the right person at the wrong time?’ Was a massive clue in the fact I knew this will be a book I fall headfirst in love with.

Then Paige puts up that Netgalley have a sampler, when I saw this it was late at night I managed a page or two but as I say my work/life balance is well and truly messed up right now. So this morning whilst drinking a few cups of tea with my cornflakes I devoured these pages.

Paige you have a way of me connecting with each and every character and in terms of the sampler. I did not see the drama coming and I’m still clueless to how bad it is. It ended so dramatically I physically cannot wait for more. Roll on 17th May – yup that’s the date that this bad boy is out. Pre order now I do think I’m going to end up with the ebook and an actual book as this lovely lady will be coming to Bluewater on the 19th also.

I will love re-reading the beginning of Nell and Van’s story. The innocent love of childhood friendships and how truly innocent and heartwarming children are. The little things that seem like a big deal and the love of being kind. I’m pleased to say both of my beautiful nieces are truly kind and full of such love – it also helps that they are already bookworms.

I love how even at the dramatic anticlimax that Netgalley has left me with both Nell and Van didn’t want to go through that alone. It well and truly melted my heart. I know this novel will be devoured in a quick time frame and it will stay with me. This is going to be one hell of a hangover without a single drop of alcohol.

I have only read the sampler but this book will have you taking trips down your own memory lane and it will truly get under your skin. I need to know now!!!!

Author Love, ebook, novella, Review, Short Story, Uncategorized

Novella Review: Three Men and a Maybe By Katey Lovell

Blurb: It’s the age-old saying. You wait all day for a bus, and then three come along at once. But proposals? That’s just ridiculous. And yet, on New Year’s Eve, as the countdown finishes and the whole pub erupts in celebrations, Cerys finds herself staring at her ex-fiancé, Ricky. Who just so happens to be kneeling on the floor, ring in hand, asking her to marry him. Again.

And if that weren’t enough, hot barman Angelo, and longtime friend Huw also decide to pop the question. At the exact same time.

Three men, two real contenders, but just one choice. What on earth will she do?

Review: How many times can I say I literally love Katey Lovell. Not only does she write amazing fiction that manages to get under my skin but she’s also a really nice lady.

I had originally intended on reading this either just after Christmas or around New Year alas that did not happen. Yesterday I headed home from Furteventura after a week in the sunshine – I grabbed my jumper so quickly after getting off the plane eeek but this short read accompanied me for some of my journey and what a treat it was.

Katey Lovell has a way of writing shorts and novels that have a distinct format of loveable easy to relate to characters. Including douche bags that you love to hate. A story that’s easily identifiable even if you haven’t been in that situation, good humour and fantastic music mentions. As well as twists that will have you on the edge of your seat. For me each novella of Katy’s I have read, I have been left wanting more and for me that’s a major plus and instantly makes me want to devour more from the author. I have truly loved a number of her meet cute novellas as well as The Cafe in Fir Tree Park.

Although this was only a short novella it was split into sections – there was the present day of New Years Eve (Cerys and her friends) – where the basis of the story and the proposals as the clock strikes midnight. Which is when we then go back in time and the following sections are of Cerys and Ricky, Cerys and Huw, Cerys and Angelo and finally Cerys and her potential fiancé.

Now I’m not one for spoiling a gorgeous book with beautiful twists but I must say Huw was quite easily my favourite of all the guys and each proposal. I won’t be saying anything about the other two as I want to leave an air of mystery.

Katey could quite easily use these characters in another story and I would love to reconnect with them someday….another treat from one of my faves grab a cuppa and give this gorgeousness a read.

Katey has featured on my blog a few times and here is a fabulous guest post on a subject we share a love of. https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2017/12/10/guest-post-katey-lovell-talks-fandom/

The Boy on the Bus was one of my favourite meet cute reads https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/the-meet-cute-series-the-boy-on-the-bus-by-katey-lovell/

I had totally forgot about this post https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/katey-lovell-speaks-to-hayley-reviews/

More meet cute gorgeousness. https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/more-meet-cute-gorgeousnessfrom-katey-lovell-the-boy-with-the-boxes/

Now this book I loved and just look at the cover it’s so summery and warm https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/book-review-the-cafe-in-fir-tree-park-by-katey-lovell/

Meet cute 💖 https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/meet-cute-%e2%9d%a4-by-katey-lovell/

Katey I really hadn’t realised how many main features you have had over here on Hayley Reviews but I know I’m still missing some goodness that will come soon enough I’m sure.

If my novella review and walk back through my Katey Lovell posts has made you want to devour her gorgeous work then follow this link and do leave a comment telling me what you’re reading. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?k=katey+lovell

I shall be back later today with an International Women’s Day post.

Book Snippet, Guest Post, Uncategorized

Guest Post: Introducing Nicola May and Love Me Tinder…

Today I am welcoming Nicola May to Hayley Reviews….I came across Love Me Tinder via Twitter I believe…intrigued I decided to chat to Nicola. As that happened so did this post idea. I haven’t finished Love Me Tinder just yet but I have read a snippet and it definitely is a fun filled read that will have you laughing out loud.

So without further ado I hand you over to a parrot.

Yup you didn’t read me wrong a parrot…

Love Me Tinder by Nicola May 

An introduction to heroine Cali Summers, by her pet parrot Lady P.


‘Cali big tits, Cali big tits.’

‘Lady P! Not today please, there’s too much to do!’ Cali Summers threw a piece of apple into her pet’s cage. ‘And, if you dare start saying that in front of mum and dad when they arrive for lunch.’

‘No, no, no, no, no, no,’ the African grey parrot shrieked and starting diving around her large cage.

Cali laughed. ‘What? Is apple not good enough for her ladyship?’

***

So, that’s my owner, Cali Summers; 30’ish, prettyish, kind, caring, straightforward and naive where men are concerned.

She pretends she’s cross with me most of the time, but I know she loves me really. Fresh food and water every day proves that, and when she’s sad she talks to me too. On and on and on she goes. About her husband leaving her for Bella Bitch, their personal trainer and then boring me about her job as an Events Manager in a hotel.

And, when it’s not that, I tell you, she makes my claws curl with some of the things she’s got up to with men in this flat. It’s since she’s been part of this Tinder dating internet lark, you see. She’s gone a bit crazy with it. And, it’s a good job I can use my discretion sometimes and keep me beak shut or her mother would definitely have a funny turn.

So, despite trying very hard to meet someone, it hasn’t happened yet?

I don’t like it when she’s sad though. That’s when I have to throw out the ‘I love you Callerina card.’ That makes her smile and when Cali’s happy, I get more treats.

Ooh, she’s unloading her shopping bags now, any cuttle fish in there, love?

‘Look what I’ve got for you.’ Cali rustled about in the bag.

‘Get ’em out! Get ’em out!’

‘Lady P, I’ve warned you.’

Ha, ha I knew that would wind her up. But look, banana chips and fruit cup jellies. Yes, perlease…

***

Cali places a couple of the treats in the bottom of her errant bird’s cage.

The African grey cocks her head to the side nonchalantly and despite it not being Christmas squaks. ‘Jingle Balls, jingle balls, jingle all the way.’

You too can read more about Cali and Lady’s P’s antics in Nicola May’s eighth novel, Love Me Tinder; available to download now with the Paperback release on Valentine’s Day. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Me-Tinder-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B01HD2QN4O

Synopsis

Cali Summers decides that the only way to get over her broken marriage is to hit the world of fast love on a dating app.

Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she quickly discovers that passion and excitement are mixed with danger, lies and deception.

With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.

Will she choose dull security or risky freedom ? Join Cali on her dating adventures and see if a modern Cyber Cupid’s arrow is still on aim.

Follow Nicola on Twitter @@nicolamay1

For more information about Nicola and her other books go to www.nicolamay.com

Facebook: NicolaMayAuthor

I will finish reading and review Love Me Tinder. Cali sounds fun and I’m still baffled by the parrot. Let me know your thoughts and whether you have any fun romance reads ahead of Valentine’s Day. I have a few more up my sleeve…

Bye for now.

Review, Vlog

I’m also vlogging…

Long time no speak and a slight change of subject matter, you will only notice that if you have been following this blog since the very beginning.

So, there will be a proper post very soon but I wanted to share my extremely new vlog. Still very new and it will need some work now I have most of my voice back I will be updating the vlog as soon as I can.

This is my second video featuring Jane Lovering’s The Boys Of Christmas.

And here is my very first video which features the awesome Miranda Dickinson Searching For A Silver Lining one of my ultimate favourite books of 2016.

Anyway that’s a brief update I shall be back later…

 

 

 

 

 

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Zumba wear it pink style!!!

Hellooooo, So sorry for the lack of posts life has been kind of crazy of late and I do have lots to update you on but all in good time 🙂

On Tuesday 27th October 2015 the Zumba class I attend was in aid of Breast Cancer. Our Wear It Pink party was just as fun as any other Zumba class, but it sure did have a bittersweet sentiment as we were raising money for a cause that means a lot to me.

Having fun, getting fit we raised £162 for Breast Cancer it sure was a fun evening and I love my Zumba top….