Blog Tour | If The Creek Don’t Rise – Leah Weiss

He’s gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn
Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That’s long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.
Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticked out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out. When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline… if she can just figure out how to use it.
This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, If The Creek Don’t Rise is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty and homegrown grit.
If The Creek Dont Rise

Howdy Y’all! Another blog tour today, this time for If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss. This is a debut novel which is always exciting but I imagine pretty scary for the author?! Everyone knows by now that I love the South so this book jumped right out at me. That and the cover which is pretty emotional in itself.

The book was almost like sitting in a quiet Southern kitchen having sweet iced tea with an old friend. The story is told from various perspectives which I really liked, and I thought that the writing style set the perfect tone throughout. It’s an easy read, steady pace and has a great ending!

This book is available from the 22nd August and you can get a copy here

Love Roxy xx

Leah Weiss

About the Author:

Leah Weiss is a Southern writer and novelist born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. Her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, will be released in August of 2017. Her short stories have been published in The Simple Life magazine, Every Day Fiction and Deep South Magazine. She retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full time. 

 

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Blog Tour | The Little Cottage in the Country – Lottie Phillips

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Escape to the country!

Anna Compton thought that moving to the countryside, leaving London and her past firmly behind her was the perfect solution. Goodbye life of thirty-something, crazed single mum of two, hello country glamour queen, domestic goddess and yummy-mummy extraordinaire.

But her new life at Primrose Cottage isn’t quite what she expected! Very soon she’s chasing pork pies down hills, disguising her shop-bought cakes at the school bake sale – and trying to resist oh-so-handsome Horatio Spencerville, who just so happens to be the Lord of the Manor…

Could moving to the country be the biggest mistake she’s ever made?

Cottage in the country

I love the name of this book and the beautiful cover – it paints such a sweet picture before you even start reading! Anna Compton lives in London with her two children until the day she’s left a cottage by her Aunt and decides the hustle and bustle of the City is no longer for her. After arriving at the cottage – which isn’t quite what she expected – her new life begins. Living in Surrey I can relate completely to the locals in this story who shop at Waitrose and call their children ‘Agamemnon’. Yes, it really does happen.

There are plenty of hilarious moments and I giggled throughout! I’ve always harboured a secret wish to take part in a cheese rolling competition so imagine my delight when Anna finds herself as the first woman to take part in the annual pork pie rolling! Not that I was a little jealous or anything… A well written romantic comedy – it’s so easy to get swept up in the eventful new life of Anna and her kids. Things only get more interesting when her mad mum and best friend turn up too. An author to watch out for – I can’t wait to read the next one!

Thank you to Lottie Phillips and HQ Digital for the chance to read and review this! You can get a copy here

Love Roxy xx

About the author:

Charlie Phillips, writing under the pseudonym Lottie Phillips, worked as a teacher before turning her hand to fiction. She was brought up in Africa and the Middle East and then – as an adult – travelled extensively before moving to London and finally settling in the Cotswolds with her partner and toddler. When she’s not writing, you will find her scouring interior design magazines and shops, striving toward the distant dream of being a domestic goddess or having a glass of wine with country music turned up loud. As a child, she always had her nose in a book and, in particular, Nancy Drew.

The Little Cottage in the Country is Charlie’s debut romantic comedy. She is very excited to be sharing Anna Compton’s hilarious story with you! She also writes psychological thrillers under the pseudonym Louise Stone, including the best-selling novel, S is for Stranger.

Readers can find Charlie Phillips on Twitter @writercharlie or at http://www.writercharlie.com or http://www.writerlottiephillips.com.

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200 Followers

200 followers

I’m a little late putting this up as I was on holiday when I hit 200 but I’ll share it anyway! Thank you to everyone who follows and/or reads – it’s only going to get better ☺️ I’ve upgraded my blog and had a little revamp – still trying to figure out how everything works but I like the new look so far!

I’ve been dog sitting this week which I’ll be doing for another 2 weeks yet. I don’t particularly like being in houses by myself but I’m being brave! Until the family get home though I won’t be reading any book that could potentially turn out to be creepy – so romance and happy books only haha. Now that I’m home I’m back at my gym again which I love – I did 7 classes last week and I feel so good getting back in to it! Days at the moment are spent at the gym, walking the dogs or reading – I’m getting so bored! I just feel like I’m not really accomplishing anything! So I booked my last accountancy exam for October and I’ll be studying for that now until my boyfriend comes to visit at the weekend ❤️

Hope you’re all doing great!

Love Roxy xx

Book Review | If You Could See Me Now – Keris Stainton

Izzy Harris should have it all – but her boyfriend has been ignoring her for months, she’s been overlooked for a promotion, and the owner of her local coffee shop pervs on her every time she has a craving for a salted caramel muffin.

Then her life is unexpectedly turned upside down.

Izzy dumps her oblivious boyfriend, and leaps on the chance to win a big pitch at work. Needing to work closely with gorgeous colleague Alex is an added perk…

But then her best friend has her heart-broken, the pitch is way more complicated than expected, and Alex is keeping secrets. Does Izzy have what it takes to help her friend, save her career and get the guy?

If You Could See Me Now

I’ve got a ton of books to read and finally some spare time to actually read them! So this one really appealed to me as it seemed like an easy to read, girly book. Perfect for curling up on the sofa with as it’s inevitably raining outside… Again… In August. Don’t you just love English weather? I love the cover – it’s so pretty and screams cuteness before you’ve even started reading.

So I started reading… and something odd happened in the book. I went back and checked the blurb and nope, it doesn’t mention anything about it there. So I continue reading to double-check it actually happened and yes, I read correctly… She turned invisible! I know right?! Now I’ll admit that at this point I did roll my eyes a bit but only because I was expecting a fairly typical sort of book and invisibility brings it in to the ‘it could never happen box’. Unless Izzy owned an invisibility cloak of course, then it’s 100% real life.

It’s advertised as a ‘laugh out loud comedy’ and I did laugh. Several times. Loud enough to wake the dog, which just made me laugh more. It was totally hilarious and a complete gigglefest (I adore this word – thank you Kirsty Greenwood for bringing it in to my life). Apart from the whole invisibility bit it was completely relatable. It’s just a story about a girl in a sucky relationship with a mad best friend trying to figure out who she is. Heart warming with a great life message – I’d recommend giving this story a try if you have a dull evening that needs brightening up.

This was released on the 4th August and you can get a copy here

Love Roxy xx

 

 

I’m Back!

Happy Thursday everyone! Sorry I haven’t been around much recently – I’ve been so busy with leaving my job, going on holiday and then moving from Plymouth back to Surrey! So a lot of stress but I’m back now and pretty much settled in. I’m officially in a long distance relationship now too with a 4 hour car journey between us, but as next year we’ll have the Atlantic to cross instead I’m quite happy with the 4 hours for now 🙂

This is just a quick post to let you know that I’m back up and running on the blog front! I’ve got some great posts coming up plus a ton of reviews for the books I’ve managed to get read. I’ve even got 2 weeks dogsitting now before I start my new job (oh yeah – I got a new job too!) so my days are free to read, cook, study, watch shows and write. Exciting!

I’m off to take the dogs out for their walk before it rains again – have a lovely morning!

Love Roxy xx

To The Guy Who Called Me Fat

You and your friends were hanging round outside the ladies toilets – I don’t know why, it’s not exactly the nicest part of the club to hang out in. You all looked at me as I walked out, headed back to my group on the dance floor. I don’t know what was going through your mind but I didn’t look your way – cautious that some guys take a casual look as a sign you want to sleep with them and bug you the rest of the night. Cautious that sometimes a ‘wrong look’ can mean being followed home, or a trip to A&E. So I didn’t even look your way. Then as I was just about to head through the door I heard it – you called me fat. Not even a casual comment to your friends – you spoke straight to me and called me fat.

Why? Was it because I hadn’t looked at you and you were insulted? Is it because I’m not stick thin like a lot of the girls in the club? Or were you just a dick who has nothing better to say?

What you didn’t know is that I’d spent almost an hour before leaving the house trying to find something I thought I looked okay in. You didn’t know that I’d kicked my boyfriend out the room because I was struggling (and failed) not to cry. You didn’t know that I’d picked a clutch bag big enough to hide my stomach. Or that I’d walked in to a bathroom full of gorgeous, tiny girls just before and had almost cried in the toilets. 

You didn’t know that I’ve been worrying about going on holiday because I’ll have to wear shorts and my legs wobble. Or that I worry that I’ll get cheated on because everyone else I see is thinner and prettier, especially his female friends. You didn’t know all this and I wonder what would have changed if you had? 

I’m a big believer in being nice to people – the only thing I wanted to say to the skinny girls in the club is how nice their dresses were. You don’t gain anything from being horrible to people. I know that I haven’t been to the gym as much as normal. I know that my legs could do with some toning. I know I’ve always struggled with my arms, no matter how much exercise. But I also know that it’s none of your damn business. 

Last time we went to this club someone called me a slag, but it didn’t bother me because I knew it wasn’t true. This time it hurt. Why does anyone think it’s okay to go round insulting people they haven’t even spoken to? 

I don’t know who you are to tell you straight to your face but listen to me when I say I don’t care what you think. The opinion of one dickhead who saw me for less than 10 seconds doesn’t bother me. Instead I’ll listen to my boyfriend who said I was beautiful, even when ugly crying on him. I’ll listen to my family and especially my sister who looks up to me. I’ll listen to the stranger on the street who stopped to say that I have lovely eyes and my boyfriends friends who said I was pretty. This post is all about looks but we’re all so much more than what’s on the outside. I’m content with who I am and I’ll be more than happy being the bigger person.

The dress I was wearing at the club


Love Roxy xx

Blog Challenge Day 25 | Something I’m Currently Worrying About

I know that it’s past June and I didn’t complete all the challenges on time BUT I’m going to finish it anyway! 5 posts to go!

I’m a worrier and my mind tends to work in overdrive so I find it hard to just ‘stop thinking about things’. There’s so many things I’m stressing about but I’ll pick just one rather than go in to everything! At the moment I’m worrying about my last accountancy exam. I think I’ve forgotten a lot of the work leading up to this one which will make passing it even harder. I’m going to have to re-learn a lot and I only have until December to pass it as they’re changing the syllabus after that.

SO MUCH PRESSURE!

I don’t even like what I’m studying which makes it harder. But I have to remember how useful it will be, and once I’m done I can focus on the events planning instead which is so much more fun!

Love Roxy xx

 

 

 

 

Life Update & July Goals

Happy July! I can’t believe we’re in the 7th month of the year already – it’s going by so fast! July is quite a big month for me so I thought I’d give a few updates as to what’s going on.

Work

I’m leaving my current job and my last day is the 14th July! I handed my notice in a few weeks back now but I’m nearly at the end, just another 10 working days left. There are bits that I like about this office and the company, but not enough to stop me doing a little happy dance out the door. I’m grateful though as it was a different role than I was used to and I now have experience covering the whole of finance, so I know exactly what to look for in my next job. I have a few weeks off now before I start applying again!

Holiday

I mentioned that Matt and I were trying to book a holiday somewhere and we managed to book one – woooo!! We’re going to Corfu on the 16th July for a week and I’m so excited. We’re all inclusive which means plenty of cocktails and chilling by the pool, but we’re also going to do a few excursions and actually see some of the Island. I’d love to go see some of the more historical sites, and a few less touristy bits. Maybe even a boat tour if I’m feeling brave! Then more cocktails of course haha.

Holiday

Moving

We’re so close to getting our US visa’s through now. Now that my job is done I’ll be moving back home  at the end of the month ready to go to the States! I don’t know timescales but I will keep you all updated. It does mean I only have one more month living around Matt, then it’ll be just a couple of times a month when we get the chance to visit each other. Fingers crossed it won’t be as hard as I think it’s going to be!

Studying

Studying is on the back burner for this last month whilst I enjoy the holiday and time with Matt – once August starts I have 3 weeks to use as full time study days which I hope will get me slightly closer to the end of this accountancy exam. Then I can focus fully on the Wedding/Events diploma 😍

July Goals

  • Set aside more time for reading – I’ve been too busy to get much done recently.
  • No studying!
  • 100 Instagram followers (currently 75)
  • 200 blog followers – I’m almost there!

What have you guys got going on this month?

Love Roxy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review | The One by John Marrs

How far would you go to find THE ONE?

One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The One

What if you could take a test and be given the name and contact details of your perfect DNA match? No more bad first dates, no more trying to meet someone on tinder looking for more than just a hook up… just your happily ever after. Would you do it? What about if you were already married – would you take it anyway? Just to see?

This book follows 5 different sets of people, all faced with this choice and the consequences of their actions. Normally I’d find so many different characters a little confusing, but it’s written so well that it flows seamlessly. I struggled to put this book down and found myself telling everyone about it – even before I was finished. I genuinely wanted to know what they thought of the idea – would they do the test? Some really great debates came out of this one! I loved the twists (which I didn’t see coming at all!)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone to read – it’s such an interesting topic to think about. I gave it 5* and judging by the reviews on Goodreads others really enjoyed it as well. Thank you to Netgalley, Penguin Random House UK and John Marrs for letting me read and review this!

Love Roxy xx

 

Blog Tour | The Once In A Blue Moon Guesthouse – Cressida McLaughlin

Welcome to the second stop on the Once In A Blue Moon Guesthouse Blog Tour 😀 Yes, I know, I’m on a blog tour! I’m so excited – This must be how famous people feel seeing their name in lights right? Also, today is my BIRTHDAY! So it’s an extra special blog tour stop – please help yourselves to a slice of my virtual birthday cake 🍰

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The prefect summer romance from the number one bestselling author of The Canal Boat Cafe. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan and Holly Martin.

Robin Brennan has come home to Campion Bay. Now her parents have retired, she’s set to become the new landlady of The Campion Bay Guesthouse. Bookings have been as thin as the hand towels, and it doesn’t take long for Robin to realise that the place needs a serious makeover.

Perhaps throwing herself into the task will help to heal her sadness at the tragic end to her dreams in London. As she gives the guesthouse a new lease of life, Robin encounters old friends and new, including old flame Tim, who’d clearly like to reboot their romance. But what about Will, the new arrival at No. 4, who’s rocked up with the cutest dog ever?

Caught up in a flurry of full-English breakfasts and cream teas, Robin’s never sure what, or who, the next check-in will bring…

Blue Moon Guesthouse

One of the things I’ve always fancied doing is running a B&B or a hotel. I’ve also always wanted to run a café – maybe when I move to the USA I’ll open a little British tearoom somewhere! I’ve mentioned before how much I love books based on running a business so I knew before I even opened this one that I’d like it – and I was right. I love being right haha.

The book is split up in to 4 parts – Open For Business, Fully Booked, Do Not Disturb and Wish You Were Here. Originally released as individual stories, this book brings them all together! After a tragedy involving Robin’s best friend and business partner in London, Robin decides to move back in with her parents in Campion Bay where she grew up. Having previously run a business planning special events she’s not too sure what to do with her life now she’s back – until her parents give her some news that will change everything.

I loved hearing about Robin’s journey to create the Once In A Blue Moon Guesthouse – she designed each room with a specific theme and I loved the thought that went in to each one. Cressida’s descriptive writing makes it so easy to imagine that we’re in Campion Bay with her – perhaps as guests checking in to stay! I absolutely adored this read and once I’ve moved and have somewhere to put a bookshelf I’ll be buying a hard copy so I can read it all again 😍

This book is released on the 29th June and you can get a copy here – Amazon

Love Roxy xx

About Cressida McLaughlin:

Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David. Cressy’s favourite things include terrifying ghost stories, lava lamps and romantic heroes, though not necessarily at the same time. She doesn’t (yet) have a dog of her own, but feeds her love vicariously through friends’ pets, and was once chased around a field by a soaking wet, very mischievous Border Collie called Wags. When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.