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BLOG TOUR Amanda Prowse Perfect Daughter

Today the Perfect Daughter Blog Tour stars it’s journey with me with a fantastic chat with the lovely lady Amanda herself

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Hello Amanda – Thank you for taking part in this interview for Natsreadingcloud. Would you like to start by introducing yourself to my readers..?

Hello readers! My name is Amanda Prowse; I am a 47-year-old wife and mum who lives in the West country.  I started writing later in life when I was diagnosed with cancer and it made me rethink my life plan! What did I really want to do with whatever life I have left? The answer was write stories! So I gave it a go and am delighted to see my 8th novel hitting the shelves, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

Can you tell us a bit about Perfect Daughter?

Jackie Morgan’s story is set in Weston Super Mare, and shows how she struggles with the pressure cooker of life. She is caring for her kids, her ailing mum and in a marriage that has lost its sparkle. When her past comes back to haunt her, she learns a lot about herself, her family and what is important. There are millions of women like her in the UK that ‘sandwich generation’ looking after both kids and parents, it is tough and I wanted to write a book of hope that shows that no matter how tough things get, its important to find joy in the small things…

What kind of research did you do for perfect Daughter?

I lived with my mum while she was caring for us, her grandchildren and her mum, my lovely Nan, who had dementia. It made me aware of the struggle and exhaustion of this life. I also spoke to many women, strong, inspirational, devoted women who never, ever put themselves first, bloody hero’s each and every one.

Do you have a favourite book you have written from all nine?

I do! I have two if that’s allowed! I love Perfect Daughter and also Clover’s Child, as it is set in the 1960’s and I love the music and social scene of that era, I listened to a lot of great music while writing it. The book is also set in Limehouse in Ropemakers Fields in the actual house that my great gran and my Nan grew up in, and features the docks where my grandad worked. It was lovely to re-visit them in the places they knew and loved.

Who are your favourite Authors?  And what genre of books do you enjoy reading?

The simple answer is any and all – I read everything, can’t bear not to have a stack of books waiting to escape into. But specifically I love Isabel Allende, Jodi Picoult, Joanne Harris, I could go on… and as for genre, anything with a strong female voice and a good story grips me, no matter under what genre it falls.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

I think it’s the feeling that I am doing something I love and never thought I would or could! I’m an ordinary woman from a very ordinary family, a bit fat, a bit clumsy, a bit rubbish at most things, but I can do this one thing; write books, and for that I am grateful each and every day!

 I understand you are a ambassador of the Sepsis Trust please tell us more about the their good work.

Sepsis Trust are an amazing charity and I am so proud to be an ambassador for them. I am ashamed to say I had only vaguely heard of Sepsis and didn’t really know what it was and yet it kills more people every year in the UK than Breast, Prostate, Bowel cancers, road accidents and AIDS combined! 37,000 a people a year, and globally every 3.5 seconds someone in the world dies of Sepsis. We need to start making people more aware and you can check out the website sepsistrust.org to find out more!

 And finally – have you started writing your next book?

Yes! I have always started my next book as I NEED to be writing! My next book is called Three and a Half Heartbeats and is the story of how a lovely family unravel when they lose their only child to Sepsis. Every penny of the book will go to the Sepsis Trust, so please look out for it, buy it, tell your friends and help us save lives! Thank You x

 

Thank you for taking the time to answer these 🙂

You are very, very welcome.

Perfect Daughter

By Amanda Prowse

 

Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed No Greater Love series

Published as a hardback by Head of Zeus on July 2015 at £12.99

Amanda will be doing a major tour of the UK during July

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

 

“Captivating, heart-breaking and superbly written” CLOSER

“Prowse handles her explosive subject with delicate skill… Deeply moving and inspiring.” DAILY MAIL

“Uplifting and positive.”HELLO

Jackie Morgan loves her family. Even though her teenage children can be stroppy, her husband a little lazy and providing round-the-clock care for her mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s is exhausting, they are her entire world. She has sacrificed a great deal to provide this safe and loving home, in their cramped but cosy semi with a view of the sea, and her own dreams have been firmly pushed to one side.

All Jacks wants is for her children to have a brighter future than she did. As long as Martha, the eldest, gets into university and follows her dreams, all her sacrifice will be worth something… won’t it?

 

For fans of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult, Perfect Daughter confronts current issues such as Alzheimer’s and the pressures of being a ‘sandwich mother’ – women caring for both their parents and children simultaneously. According to Carers UK there are over 6.5 million carers in the UK and they predict this figure will rise to 9 million by 2030.  Amanda felt inspired to confront this issue in Perfect Daughter, after watching her mother care for her grandmother who was suffering from dementia, whilst also looking after her own children and grandchildren. 

Amanda herself says: ‘I wanted to write a book for ‘every woman’ who finds herself living in the pressure cooker of the modern world.  A woman, to quote from Jacks, my central character, ‘who lives in a house where space, money, time and patience are all in short supply.’ 

AUTHORS:Prowse, Amanda:_Author photo&questionnaire:Prowse_AUTHOR PHOTO_final_credit Paul Smith Photography_250pxh.jpgAbout Amanda Prowse:

Amanda Prowse is a bestselling novelist with an incredible 155k followers on Twitter. On Remembrance Day 2012 Amanda Prowse made headlines with her debut novel Poppy Day. She received widespread military support, celebrity endorsements and appeared in newspapers and on TV sofas everywhere. Amanda donated all her author royalties to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. This was followed by 4 more novels ‘ Clover’s Child’, ‘What Have I Done’, ‘A Little Love’ and ‘Will You Remember Me?’.  As well as writing she was Writer in Residence on ITV’s This Morning in 2013.

Amanda now has seven novels and a number of short stories under her belt, including the no 1 bestselling What Have I Done?  Most recently, Amanda penned the critically acclaimed A Mother’s Story, which dealt with the issue of post-natal depression.

 

Amanda is an ambassador of The Sepsis Trust. Sepsis kills more people in the UK than breast, bowel and prostate cancers combined – over 37,000 people with a cost to the NHS of £2.5 billion a year. Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. In September this year, Amanda will release a book called ‘Three and a Half Heartbeats’ and all profits from the novel will go directly to the Sepsis Trust.

Amanda is married with two children. They live near Bristol.

Connect with Amanda on Twitter at @MrsAmandaProwse, on Facebook and YouTube and at www.amandaprowse.org

 

Review

BLOG TOUR – RETURN TO BLUEBELL HILL by Rebecca Pugh

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Alll a board today its my stop on this amazing blog tour and today I will be reviewing Return to Bluebell Hill

My Review 

Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wow what an outstanding debut from this talented writer, I could of devoured this book in one sitting but sadly the week I read this time did not allow.

I was very nervous to read this as I was just so worried that I would not like this and would  have to tell Rebecca that I did not like her book baby, but after the first few pages nerves went swiftly and I enjoyed the journey Rebecca took me on. I loved meeting the cast of characters especially sexy Ruben defiantly high on my list of fave book fiction men.

Rebecca is defiantly a writer to watch out for I foresee big things for her

I’m very proud of her

Return to Bluebell Hill

Blurb

As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…

Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?

An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.

 Links

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Author Biography

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Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.

Now, Rebecca’s own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.

Rebecca Pugh is the author of women’s fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good swoon?

Her debut novel, Return to Bluebell Hill, is due to be published June 18th 2015 by Carina UK.

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***Blog Tour*** Gina Henning How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie

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yay its my stop for How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie Blog tour – so allllll aboard sit back with a coffee and read the fabulous chat I had with Gina
Hello Gina – Thank you for taking part in this interview for Natsreadingcloud. Would you like to start by introducing yourself to my readers..?

Thank you Nat for having me on your lovely cloud. *Sits down on a fluffy white spot and passes a round of apple pie for your readers to enjoy*  Unlike my character Lauren, I do enjoy baking and in a real life quandary of “is life imitating fiction or is fiction imitating life”, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be competing in a pie contest this July 2nd. This will be the first baking contest I’ve ever entered and there are only 20 other entries, so the odds are not too bad. I can’t say I’m not nervous, but it will be an adventure to say the least.

Can you tell us a bit about How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie?

How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie is a standalone book, however is the third book in my Home for the Holiday Series. Each book features Lauren Hauser and her growing romantic relationship with Jack Walker.

In this book, Lauren is returning from the holidays to a new promotion and a new ring. As in a diamond on her finger. She has to navigate between the role of being a manager and being a fiancé, and on the side she tries to plan her wedding.

Readers get to see how she tries to balance both roles and the curveballs that are thrown her way all the while trying to create her own spin on her grandmother’s apple pie recipe as she gears up to compete in the annual fourth of July pie baking contest in her home town.

What kind of research did you do for How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie? I am imagining lots of apple pies hahahaha!!!

Haha! Indeed…lots of sampling was definitely in order. I did research lots of different apples to find out what truly make the perfect apple pie. Readers will find out in the story about why choosing the right apple is so important. With each book…I research the setting there is a romantic moment in How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie and I scrolled through lots of photos of a certain area to really envision Lauren in Jack in this special spot. I have a Pinterest board for each of my books and a Spotify Playlist as well.
Do you have a favourite book you have written?

Oh now, that’s like picking a favorite child…haha! However, I’ve always considered the first book I wrote to be my magnum opus, yet, it remains unpublished. And it needs quite a bit of editing before it can be submitted for the possibility of publishing.

Who are your favorite Authors? And what genre of books do you enjoy reading?

In alphabetical order my favorite go-to can’t wait to read their next books are: Karen Aldous, Mary Kay Andrews, Mandy Baggot, Tracie Banister, Ana Blaze, Claire Cook, Geralyn Corcillo, Helen Fielding, John Green, Liane Moriarty, Kate Morton, Engy Albasel Neville, Angel Nicholas, Raven McAllen, Katie Oliver, Chris Pavone, Rebecca Raisin, Helen Rena, Rainbow Rowell, Ruth Saberton, Amelia Thorne, Samantha Tonge, and Molly Ann Wishlade.

I love reading across genres but usually stick with some form of romance.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

Living in an imaginary world. Ha! I’d say one of the most gratifying things about being a writer is hearing from a reader that really enjoyed your book.

I understand one of your favourite past times is running? Do you have any top tips for this?

I do love running. I began running on my Cross-Country team in Germany and it was the best running experience of my life. The backdrop of Germany’s gorgeous landscapes and with such a nice climate, it was really perfect.

Definitely better than the hot summers of Texas. I remember when I returned to the States and thought I could just jump out and go for a regular jog mid-day in July. I was not accumulated to the heat of Texas and was very close to having a heat stroke.

For me, I have to have a really great playlist to keep me motivated to continue running. The other thing I would say is that if you are just starting out the Couch to 5k app is really great for getting you geared up to running longer distances.

And finally – have you started writing your next book?

Oh goodness…I’m very close to typing two of my favorite words on the fourth book in my Home for the Holiday Series. After that, I’ll be moving on to a different series that features a treat that can only be found in the freezer! 😉

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Blurb

A scrumptious pie. A long distance guy. 4th of July fireworks guaranteed.

Lauren Hauser has it all…nearly. With a shiny new job and sparkly new engagement ring on her finger, the only thing she’s missing is her gorgeous new fiancé by her side. Should she be worried? Jack’s kisses are as sizzling as always and, sure, long distance is hard but, she and Jack are solid, right?

Of course the stress of planning a wedding—or not—is nothing compared to the stress of baking an apple pie. Because it’s not just any apple pie that Lauren must bake for the 4th of July contest; it’s her grandmother’s famous, award-winning apple pie! Yet Lauren is determined to make this pie her own and a little apple pie should be no problem for the Hauser clan dessert queen…!

But with her new job taking up so much time, a prize pie to perfect and the growing distance between her and Jack, Lauren begins to wonder if she can really have it all… Only one things for sure, there’ll be fireworks this 4th of July!

Available Here:

Amazon US  Amazon UK  Nook

Nook  GB  Google Play  Kobo   iBooks

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Author Bio:

Gina Henning currently resides where bluebonnets line the highways in the spring, but she prefers the rock flower anemone from under the sea. Above the ocean’s surface Gina likes to dance with her three boys and travel to exotic places like the grocery store with her husband. Her pooch Schatzi is a mix between German Shepherd and possibly pig. One of Gina’s favorite pastimes is running. She recently completed her one-and-done marathon. At the end of the day her glass of wine is always half-full.

Website: http://www.ginahenning.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ginahenningauthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/henningland

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***COVER REVEAL*** Return to Bluebell Hill Rebecca Pugh

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I am so chuffed to bits to be part of the team of bloggers to reveal Rebecca’s stunning book cover of Return to Bluebell Hill. I think its absolutely stunning. I cannot wait to read this.

Author Biography

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Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.

Now, Rebecca’s own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.

Rebecca Pugh is the author of women’s fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good swoon?

Her debut novel, Return to Bluebell Hill, is due to be published June 18th 2015 by Carina UK.

Return to Bluebell Hill

Blurb

As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…

Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?

An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.

 Links

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Review

**BLOG TOUR** Life’s A Beach And Then…. by Julia Roberts

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Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Life’s A Beach And Then…. by Julia Roberts. Looks like I am the ”end of the line” for this tour .This blog tour has been stupendous with lots of fabulous posts.

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Blurb

Holly Wilson has landed a dream job but there is one proviso… she must keep it secret, and that means telling lies. Holly hates telling lies.
Her latest assignment has brought her to the paradise island of Mauritius where she meets a British couple, Robert and Rosemary, who share a tragic secret of their own.
The moment they introduce Holly to handsome writer, Philippe, she begins to fall in love, something she hasn’t allowed herself to do for twenty years.
But Philippe has not been completely honest either and when Holly stumbles across the truth, she feels totally betrayed
My Review 

I really liked this book it was written so well, Julia’s writing style enables you to get to know the characters which then allows you to have connection with them. Initially I thought it was going to be a chiclit read but it soon becomes clear that it defiantly  wasn’t when the book starts taking dark twists. The book was a bit slow to start with, but the further I got into the story it soon picked up.

I read some of this book while it was raining outside and some of the descriptions of Mauritius made me feel I was there with Holly on the beach and not staring out at the pouring rain here in England

Philippe – potential book boyfriend material?? ummm well i’m not so sure he certainly had his faults. I am looking forward to Julia hopefully developing this character more in the second book in this series to see if I like him anymore.

Overall, Life’s A Beach and Then… was a great read with lots of twists and a very good plot.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on book 2 of Liberty Sands Trilogy

4 of 5 stars

Links:

Julia QVC Blog: http://blogs.qvcuk.com/presenter/juliaroberts/

Link to Julia’s Previous Book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hundred-Lengths-Pool-Julia-Roberts-ebook/dp/B00CQ1FYGQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1430733132&sr=1-1&keywords=julia+roberts+qvc

Twitter: www.twitter.com/JuliaRobertsQVC

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*** Review*** Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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Blurb

Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start.And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . .

My Review

I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella and was over the moon to see she had a YA book coming out. I was even more chuffed to find out I had been approved by the publisher too receive an advanced readers e copy of this book for an honest review

This is my honest review 

So the protagonist is 14 year Audrey Turner who suffers social anxiety and depression who refuses to leave the house and wears dark sunglasses all the time even in the house. The plot mainly centers around Audrey and her family who are an amazing bunch of characters who I enjoyed reading around.

The relationship between Linus and Audrey was so heartwarming and lovely to read and see develop.

Finding Audrey has plenty of weighty moments as well as many laugh out loud moments and I felt it  dealt with the serious issue of Social Anxiety fine but only just touched on to why/ what happened to Audrey for this to happen. I think that this element of the story needed developing a bit more  in my opinion

I am ranking this 4 stars, I struggled whether to give 3.5 stars but I think Kinsellas wit and great writing style saved it.

4 of 5 stars

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** Review** The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley

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 The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley is out now (Quercus, £7.99)

Blurb 

Once, there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets, its mystery, and best of all, she loved its hint of magic.

After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour and chaos of Marrakech. Her marriage may be on the rocks, but exploring the heady delights of Moroccan cuisine could help her fulfil her dream of opening her own restaurant.

It’s there she meets Amy – a young photographer trying to unravel the story behind her family’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The two women develop a close friendship and discover a surprising connection between their own pasts.

This connection will take Nell and Amy on a journey to find their own ‘saffron trail’ – from the labyrinthine medina and bustle of Moroccan bazaars all the way back home to Cornwall and to the heart of their families’ origins.

My Review 

I absolutely loved this book, The Saffron Trail is so well written. Ley is defiantly a very adept writer her descriptions in this book was just amazing  which helps usher you into the story and stay interested.

The plot was very original, realistic and well paced with likable characters. If you like food you will defiantly like this book, at times I was left feeling very hungry and wanting to be eating the amazing Moroccan food  I was reading about. Even at 8 am in the morning

It did take me a while to work out how the stories in the  book connected when I did it clarified to me how skilled  Ley is.

Over all an enjoyable read, a bit slow in parts but a beautiful book to relax with

4 of 5 stars