Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn by Tilly Tennant

Day one of the Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn blog tour.

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I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Tilly’s simply superb book.

You can read my review here!

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I cannot express how much you all need to read this book, it’s utterly hilarious and charming!

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Blurb:

‘There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, who doesn’t even know she exists. Not only that, but half the women of the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. But the real men in Bonnie’s life only let her down, and a man that you can never have can never let you down… right? When Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and his band, it seems all that is set to change. Bonnie is about to find out that you should be careful…

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I wish I’d written… The Guestbook by Holly Martin

I don’t often review the work of fellow writers. Partly because I don’t have as much time as I’d like to read all the books of my author friends and I don’t want to leave anyone out. Partly because I’ve always felt slightly uncomfortable commenting on someone else’s hard graft, especially knowing how it feels to work on a novel for months and months and then wait, biting nails and stomach in knots, for the reviews to come in – and not always favourable. I don’t want to give unfavourable reviews, but I also find it impossible not to be honest.

Recently, however, I wondered whether I could approach this problem in a different way, and so I thought that perhaps I could talk about books that I’ve been particularly impressed with. So here it is, my new feature: I WISH I’D WRITTEN…

To coincide with the lovely Holly Martin’s blog tour, her newest release,  The Guestbook, will be the first book under the spotlight.

9781472090966_Cover (1)What Holly does with this book is something new and fresh. The story is essentially a love story, told within the pages of the guestbook of Willow Cottage.  It’s such a beautifully simple idea and yet not one I’ve seen done before.  This is also a story that explores grief, loss and guilt.  It’s not all darkness, however, as the book also contains snapshots of the lives of all the visitors to the seaside retreat in all their glorious diversity and eccentricity. The love story between cottage owner, Annie, and the brother of her dead husband, Olly, will have you sighing with longing, but the antics of her other guests will have you laughing out loud. Because it is told in short diary-like entries, the pace never has time to slacken or any scene drag on longer than it should do.  The use of different fonts to show which character is speaking is a stroke of genius in its simple effectiveness.  It’s beautifully written, with a satisfying outcome that you wish for with all your heart. How the story reaches its resolution, however, is completely unexpected and will throw you a gorgeous curveball.

And yes… I wish I’d written this!

You can buy Holly’s book here.

About Holly from Holly herself:

I live in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. I studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of my colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years service was the moment when I knew I had to escape. I quit my job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, I emerged wide eyed and terrified that I now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. I taught for four years before History Off The Page came to my school to do a Tudor day. I now drive round the country in my little white van, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next.  I love to write. The characters do exactly what I want them to do, most of the time. Sometimes they do seem to go off and do their own thing without my permission. It is complete escapism into a world where I have full control. I’ve been writing for four years now, every spare second I have, I’m scribbling ideas in a notebook or typing a scene on my laptop. I have written three romantic fiction books. Changing Casanova and The Chainsaw Masquerade were recently shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award. My short story, One Hundred Proposals, won the Belinda Jones Travel Club short story competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. The Sentinel is my first published novel.

Question Time With Author Tilly Tennant

I did a little Q&A on the lovely Victoria Loves Books blog. And here it is!

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I’m so pleased and excited that Tilly agreed to join me for an interview. I fell in love with Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn and couldn’t wait to ask Tilly some questions.

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1. If you could have your celebrity crush return your feelings who would it be and why?

It’s well known amongst friends that I have an actual league table of celebrity crushes which changes on a weekly basis. It would be cruel to the others to choose just one of them…

2. Did you have inspiration for Holden Finn?

I did. He started out as being loosely based on a boy band singer who is pretty famous right now, but I’m not allowed to tell you who it is!

3. One of my absolute favourite parts is the bit at the party with Max (we won’t say as it will spoil it). Which was your favourite bit?

Oh…

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Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn is finally out there!

Well, it’s been a whirlwind week with lots of ups and downs. The fever started last Friday with this amazing video for the cover reveal  put together by the awesome Gosling Girls Book Tours and friends..

And it ended today with the most marvellous launch day a girl could ask for, with so much support from friends, other writers, bloggers and readers, I was quite overwhelmed! In between all that this week there was a funeral, my daughter’s broken toe, a big surprise at the day job in the form of this amazing cake…
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And more flowers than I could sneeze at! It’s been hectic to say the least!

For all the people who have bought the book, who intend to buy the book, who have reviewed, intend to review, have helped me spread the word, who have simply offered their support, my heartfelt thanks just doesn’t seem enough. But I offer it anyway. Thank you all! x

The Guestbook by Holly Martin – cover reveal

I feel incredibly lucky to have read this book in advance and I can tell you that you’re all in for a treat!  It’s such a fun, quirky read full of kooky characters and heartwarming romance. And the cover is just beautiful.  Release date is 14th February – perfect to get you in the mood for Valentine’s day!
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Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!
As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider – whatever her colourful array of guests require.  A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.
This includes Annie herself – especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.
Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling!
Forget sending postcards saying ‘wish you were here’ – one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.
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About Holly:
I live in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. I studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of my colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years service was the moment when I knew I had to escape. I quit my job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, I emerged wide eyed and terrified that I now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. I taught for four years before History Off The Page came to my school to do a Tudor day. I now drive round the country in my little white van, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next.  I love to write. The characters do exactly what I want them to do, most of the time. Sometimes they do seem to go off and do their own thing without my permission. It is complete escapism into a world where I have full control. I’ve been writing for four years now, every spare second I have, I’m scribbling ideas in a notebook or typing a scene on my laptop. I have written three romantic fiction books. Changing Casanova and The Chainsaw Masquerade were recently shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award. My short story, One Hundred Proposals, won the Belinda Jones Travel Club short story competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn… Cover reveal and giveaway!

Finally it’s time to show you what we spent so long trying to get right! Drumroll please….

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To celebrate the new and beautiful cover, you might have noticed a bit of a buzz around our little pocket of the internet today as lots of gorgeous bloggers, writer friends and readers get involved. There has been help with the reveal and a fabulous video featuring clips of ladies telling us about their own celebrity crush which you can watch here…  And we’d like YOU to get involved! Leave us a comment here on the blog telling us about your brushes with fame and you could win a £10 Amazon voucher to spend on anything you like (although, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I hope you’ll spend some of it on my new book!). My lovely team of glamorous blogger assistants will choose the most entertaining anecdote to win. Closing date is 31st January 2013. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Books I’m excited about in 2014

A great list of books to look forward to in 2014 from Victoria Loves Books.

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Happy New Year!

So to start the year off I thought I would give a list of books I’m excited for in the coming year. I’ve made a list and added the current release dates (we know how they may change).

Books that have REALLY got my interest are:

The Guestbook

Willow Cottage is open for business. But who will come to stay? A young family with a very astute child who notices everything, a lady with her menagerie of animals including a hungry python, the naturists, who shock the local residents, the medium with her spirit guide and a famous actress in hiding are just a few of the many guests that come through the front door.

Annie Butterworth welcomes a colourful array of guests to the seaside holiday cottage and their thoughts and comments written in The Guestbook give a snapshot of their lives.

Then there’s Oliver…

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Hopelessly Devoted giveaway…

samp9754cfc89bba432cI’m very excited to announce that we now have a release date for Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn of 30th January.  And a few fun teasers will be coming your way in the weeks leading up to launch. There will be a blog tour, giveaways, and a chance to read advanced review copies for anyone who would like to, just let me know either in the comments below or on Twitter.

The first giveaway is already on. Just click the link below for a chance to win not only a copy of Hopelessly Devoted, but also an exclusive Christmas novella, Mishaps and Mistletoe.

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Merry Chicklit in aid of Breast Cancer Charity

51XOHBqtNOL__AA160_In the spirit of giving, six chick-lit authors present a charming collection of seasonal shorts sure to inspire holiday cheer, plus love and hope throughout the year, with all proceeds donated to Rocking the Road for a Cure!

On Friday 22nd November, Merry Chick Lit, a warm, funny Christmas anthology in aid of Breast Cancer Care, will be officially released

Every penny of the royalties is going to Breast Cancer Charity, Rocking the Road to a Cure.

Rocking the Road to a Cure is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people undergoing the often energy-depleting and emotionally draining treatments for breast cancer.

The name comes from their founder and President, Dawn Frey, a musician, who learned through personal experience that “it takes a village” to get through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and not every individual has the support network they need.

Rocking The Road For A Cure provides free, in-home housekeeping, health and wellness services to restore strength and confidence, and to rebuild spiritual, emotional and physical well-being.

So, when you settle back and relax to enjoy reading Merry Chick Lit, please know that you have helped us help a breast cancer patient to also settle back and relax…and heal.

Featured authors & stories include:

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
In “Santa’s Gift,” journalist Jessica thinks Santa’s just a silly myth for children, so when he asks what she most wants for Christmas she tells him the one thing she knows he can’t deliver–true love. Or can he…?

Sarah Hitchcock
In “The Christmas Lights,” one competition pits two families against each other…who will win this war?

Francine LaSala
Pretty Izzy knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: hunky sales manager Jake Harrington wrapped up with a shiny silver bow–and nothing else. Except Santa may have other plans in “Carol of the Belles.”

Nikki Mahood In “Spinster Christmas,” Cara’s looking forward to spending Christmas alone until she learns her old–and she believes very gay–crush needs a place to stay. Though it soon becomes clear that while still hot, Ronan isn’t gay after all…

Holly Martin
Ella’s dreams of making a better life for her and her daughter seem further away than ever in “Iced Dreams.” But as Christmas approaches, and she wishes for a fairy godmother to wave a magic wand to fix her life, things begin to change in ways she never imagined!

K.C. Wilder
In “The Mermaid,” Allie’s content to spend Christmas by herself at a vacant beach house to make good on a promise made to her true love lost, Jeff. Until Jeff’s gorgeous college roommate Tim crashes in on her with his own promise to keep…

So snuggle up near the fire, drink a glass of wine or a cup of cocoa and enjoy these festive holiday shorts, knowing your purchase of this book is helping women with breast cancer

You can get your copy on Amazon. Not only do you support a great cause, but you get a great read too!

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