I love Christmas. More than anything I love the build up and reading lots of Christmas books. Especially romantic ones with a winter wedding. Roll on 2nd November when this is out. It sounds truly wonderful.
One Kiss Before Christmas
A gorgeously romantic festive read from the author of A Mistletoe Miracle, guaranteed to warm your heart this Christmas!
Could it be the start of her happy ever after?
Ashleigh could use a little Christmas magic. She’s still living in Brighton with her Nan — who could give the Grinch lessons in how to be miserable — her acting career has been reduced to playing one of Santa’s elves, and not even the prospect of a friend’s winter wedding can cheer her up…
That is until Olivier, the gorgeous French chef, reappears in her life. Or more accurately, next door.
When they were teenagers, Olivier would spend every other Christmas with his mother, who just happens to be Ash’s neighbour and owner of the best chocolate shop in England.
If anyone can bring a little sparkle back to Ash’s life, it’sOlivier. All she needs is one kiss before Christmas…
Feel-good and festive, this is the perfect romance to curl up with this winter!
Author Bio – Author of the Best Selling A MISTLETOE MIRACLE and contender for the Joan Hessayon Award 2020, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Her latest romantic comedy, SUMMER IN THE CITY, was released in June 2020.
Emma also writes historical and fantasy fiction as Emma S Jackson. THE DEVIL’S BRIDE was published by DarkStrokein February 2020.
Apart from my full time job, which I am lucky to be able to work from home. Its been a busy week for me. I thought I would share what I have been doing.
I am back at college studying Creative Writing. Attending the Improvers course. I did the beginners course at the beginning of the year and had to write a short story of 1000 words. I loved it so much I signed up to the next stage. I do this every Wednesday night and it should be in the class room, however due to Covid 19 we are doing it online. Its still really good and we get homework to do. My homework this week is to write a beginning of a story. My deadline is Wednesday. Eek. Lucky I am off work this week and can dedicate 100% into this. I currently have a few ideas in my head and need to put these to paper.
Running – Couch to 5k
I am also in week four of Couch to 5k. I hadn’t run in ages, I am talking years! I thought I cant run 5k no way, but wanted to get out of the house during lock down and lose my belly! Its the best thing I have done. I brought all new sports gear. Think along the lines of – all the gear and no idea!! Now week four I am loving it. I tend to go first thing in the morning as I find it suits me best. Its lovely and fresh out there. Before I have even logged on for work I have done nearly 5000 steps. I feel great, positive and can focus on work for the rest of the day.
Busy Book Week
Its also been a busy week in the world of books. When isn’t it ! Just this week seemed even more busier. Several of my favourite authors have had new books out and cover reveals. Eek!
Paige Toon – The Minute I Saw You This is my current read and had me up until 1 am last night reading it. Review will be posted when I have finished. I am loving it so far, as you would expect from any of Paige’s books.
Description: When Hannah meets Sonny, she’s irresistibly drawn to him: he’s sexy and confident, but only in town on holiday. That’s fine with Hannah – she doesn’t do long-term relationships. And luckily for her, neither does Sonny. But before they can even so much as kiss, Sonny receives some shocking news and commits to making serious life changes – ones that can’t and won’t include romance.
With even a short fling now off the cards, Hannah and Sonny settle for being friends. But as summer hots up and their chemistry shows no signs of cooling, they start to question their reasons for shutting each other out.
Are they both too broken to find love? And if they tear down the walls between them, will they still like what’s on the other side?
Adele Parks – Just my Luck What a beautiful cover this. I cannot wait to start this. It sounds fab! I love of all Adele’s book and cannot believe this is her 20th Book. Just wow ! What an achievement. A massive well done.
Description: It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.
For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.
But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.
Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it
Melissa Hill – The Summer Villa This sounds brilliant. I cannot wait to be taken to Italy and devour this. Such a pretty summer cover too.
Description: Three women. One summer reunion. Secrets will be revealed…Villa Dolce Vita, a rambling stone house on the Amalfi Coast, sits high above the Gulf of Naples amidst dappled lemon groves and the fragrant, tumbling bougainvillea. Kim, Colette and Annie all came to the villa in need of escape and in the process forged an unlikely friendship.
Now, years later, Kim has transformed the crumbling house into a luxury retreat and has invited her friends back for the summer to celebrate.
But as friendships are rekindled under the Italian sun, secrets buried in the past will come to light, and not everyone is happy that the three friends are reuniting… Each woman will have things to face up to if they are all to find true happiness and fully embrace the sweet life.
As well as publication dates we have had cover reveals for two lovely authors.
Heidi Swain – The Winter Garden I am a massive fan of Heidi’s books and was super excited to see the new cover reveal yesterday, Friday 15th. It looks the perfect winter book to curl up with. Out October 1st. I cannot wait.
Olivia Spring – The Middle Aged Virgin In Italy I was part of the cover reveal for Olivia’s book on Friday. Again I love Olivia’s books, as they are always fun, girlie and really relatable. This is the sequel to the Middle-Aged Virgin. What a beautiful cover. Italy is one of my favourite countries along with the food 🤤 After having been to Tuscany last year, it really is the most amazing place. I fell in love with the beauty of it, and cannot wait to read this.
Saturday = Quiz night
Tonight I will be having a few gins and joining a couples quiz. Standard Saturday night. We are hosting this week. We had four rounds to sort, so me and my boyfriend have done two rounds each. I have put together a landmark picture round, which I have really enjoyed doing. It did make me wish I was on holiday exploring, but hey ho! I then did an 80’s quiz.
I hope you have all had a nice week as you can in lock down. Enjoy your weekend
Seeing as it was blue Monday this week and what feels like the longest month ever I have done my Saturday book stack based on books to do with self care. After all loving ourselves is so important and instead of being called selfish at times for doing what we want to do; I prefer the term self care. Do what makes you feel good for both your health and happiness.
I love all of these books and haven’t finished them all but love to go back to when I’m feeling like I need a pick me up or just to read views and words of wisdom from these great authors. Plus I love positivity and these really feel you with that. None of us are perfect, we can all learn a lot and develop from reading others stories.
December. This really is the most wonderful time of the year and my favourite
month. I love that everyone is very happy and excited for Christmas. As amazing
as Christmas day is; spending it with your loved ones, receiving lots of lovely
pressies and just being merry. I will admit I love the build-up just as much.
All the festive celebrations,
ranging from the Christmas markets, to work parties, to children playing in the
school play. It’s all just so wonderful, not to forget the mulled wine, cheese
and wine evenings and digging out your old faithful Christmas jumper.
Also, my favourite books come out
in full force. I just love a Christmas book, they are full of so much promise
and romance, in wonderful dreamy settings.
I am loving all the festive
pictures on Instagram and was going to do a Happy December post and then I
thought no let’s make your own Christmas tree out of books. So, this is what I
did. Picture attached.
However, my five-year-old niece
was quick to point out “it’s not a tree it’s a tunnel of books with lights on”
Haha i did have to laugh at her.
I hope that you all are enjoying
the start of your December. Please feel free to message me your favourite
festive book or if you are reading a good Christmas book and would like to
share equally comment.
I will add if anyone is suffering
at this time of year then my thoughts are with you all. As much as this is a
great time of year for some, I also know it’s a sad time for some people. My
love goes out to each one of you