#BlogTour: We Have Lost The Coffee by Paul Mathews @QuiteFunnyGuy #Interview

Today I’m joining the delightful The Quiet Knitter to help kick off the blog tour for We Have Lost The Coffee by Paul Mathews courtesy of EDM Editorial & Publicity Services.  I have an interview with Paul about the road to publication, it’s a really interesting read so be sure to stick around to read it.

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London, 2045. Three months into the Coffee Wars and Britain’s caffeine supplies are at critical levels. Brits are drinking even more tea than usual, keeping a stiff upper lip and praying for an end to it all.

A secret government coffee stockpile promises to save the day … but then mysteriously disappears overnight.

One man is asked to unravel the missing-coffee mystery. Hs name is Pond. Howie Pond. And he’s in desperate need of a triple espresso. Meanwhile, his journalist wife, Britt, is hunting royal fugitive, Emma Windsor, on the streets of the capital.

Can Howie save the British Republic from caffeine-starved chaos? Will the runaway royal be found? And just what will desperate coffee drinkers do for their caffeine fix? Find out, in Paul Mathews’ latest comedy adventure set in the Britain of the future …

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Q&A

When did you first decide to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper?

Thanks to a demanding job, there was a gap of more than two years between sketching out the idea for my first novel, We Have Lost The President, in January 2013, and starting to write it. And, even then, what I drafted back in January 2013 didn’t bear much relation to the story as it eventually unfolded. You soon learn that nothing goes to plan in the world of novel writing!

It was only when I took an 18-month career break in April 2015 that work began in earnest. I started plotting the novel in May and writing it in the June. However, I got waylaid by a Twitter project and various other things. It meant I’d only written 36,000 words by the end of the year. It was then I realised I had to be more disciplined and I started writing 1,500 words a day, five days a week (I had only managed about 500 a day at the start, sometimes fewer). I eventually finished the first draft in April 2016.

How long did that first manuscript take to perfect?

It took over a year, as I didn’t publish until late July 2016 – and I was still making last-minute edits. Looking back, I probably should have delayed the launch a couple of weeks. That first novel is 100,000 words long and it took ages to proofread. In the end, I became word blind and my brain was no longer being helpful!

I learnt a lot writing that first novel. I transformed from someone having a break from work, who did a bit of writing now and then, to a professional writer who treats it as a job. That change of mindset really worked. I can churn out 10,000 words a week now and I wrote the first draft of my second novel in less than three months.

How did you get it in front of publishers?

I’ve never attempted to contact a publisher or an agent. I researched self-publishing and quickly came to the conclusion that giving Amazon exclusive rights to the e-book was the way to go. Royalties are 70% for books priced £1.99 / $2.99 or more and that is a great deal. Plus you get paid when people borrow the book via Kindle Unlimited if you sign up for the KDP Select programme. For every two books I sell, I get one borrow, which really boosts my readership.

I was approached by a small publisher after I published, but they were a new start-up and the ‘Books’ section on their website was a blank page – so I didn’t waste any time with them. It would take a serious offer for me to give up my indie status – I am in control of editing, marketing and publicity. It’s like the difference between running your own business or going to work for someone else.

I sold the audiobook rights to my first three books to Tantor Media. But I didn’t go to them. They came to me…which was a pleasant surprise!

Did you have an agent?

No. Self-publishers are their own agents.

What was the first reaction of people?

My army of test readers really enjoyed the novel, so that was encouraging. And my editor also loved it, which I think is important (or, at least, that’s what she told me!).

Prior to publication, I grew a small Twitter fan base via various comedy Twitter accounts and they bought the novel and all enjoyed it, as did my British friends and family. As a result, the first tranche of reviews were all fantastic. It was only when I advertised very widely did any negative reviews start to come in – but that’s not surprising, as they are all from US readers and my distinctly British sense of humour isn’t going to always travel well across the Atlantic.

Did the publishers want to change a lot? All? Nothing? & Did you agree? Or stick to your guns?

In my case, I had test readers and an editor. I tested the first novel after 14 chapters and the response was positive, so I didn’t really change much, apart from adding some more futuristic elements. My editor helped me improve the ending. She makes lots of suggestions but is always clear that it’s my decision whether to accept them (unless they are grammatical, in which case I do!).

How long did it take from them to get it out to the public?

I think it was test read in the May, edited in June and then tweaked by me in July (with a final editor check). It was such a hectic time, the memories are all a bit blurred!

What input did you have on the cover? Font? Etc. …

I commission my own cover designer. His name is Alex Storer. He mainly does science fiction, but he has produced some great covers for my comedy-thriller novels.

At the start of the process, I have a fairly good idea of the cover and give him a brief with some suggestions as to what bits and bobs might be included. He always gets it spot on, and then I just tweak it until we have a final version.

If you could do it all again, what would you change?

I would get up to speed more with the various marketing options. I decided to rely solely on social media at the start. But that resulted in far fewer sales than I imagined. I only sold 120 copies in the first two months and thought it was going to take years to make any impression. After all, there are only so many times you can tell people you’ve written a book before you start to sound like a broken record! Then I discovered Amazon US ads and, after a lot of tweaking, they now work very well for me. I’ve sold over 10,000 books already, which I still find hard to comprehend!

I would also allow myself a little more time for last-minute tweaks. You need a break between proofreads, so your brain can refresh and forget the specifics of what you’ve written. Otherwise, it suffers novel overload!

About Paul Mathews

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Paul Mathews is a 40-something British guy who’s given up his 9-to-5 job in London to become a full-time comedy novelist. Why did he make this bold step? Well, he’d had enough of crazy managers and uncooperative printers. So one afternoon, after nearly 20 years working at the heart of the British Government, he shut down his computer, deleted all his emails and escaped the office – never to return. (Okay, it wasn’t quite as dramatic as that, but he is a fiction writer, so please cut him a little slack.)

His two decades working as a Government press officer gave him an invaluable insight into all the key elements of modern government: bureaucracy, bungling, buffoonery, buck-passing and other things that don’t begin with the letter ‘b’ – such as politicians with huge egos and very little talent. He’s now putting that knowledge to use by writing about a British Government of the future – where, believe it or not, the politicians are even bigger idiots than the current lot.

Before becoming a PR guy, he was an accountant. But he doesn’t like to talk about that. And going back further, he went to Cambridge University and studied philosophy. Despite thousands of hours of thoughtful contemplation, he still hasn’t worked out how that happened. The highlight of his university years was receiving a £300 travel grant to visit Prague and ‘study philosophy’. It was a trip which ignited his love of Eastern Europe where he spends a lot of time writing and drinking black beer.

Other interests include wearing sunglasses and having his photograph taken. Visit his website for more info on this (allegedly) humorous man: http://www.iamthe.website (less)

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TitleWe Have Lost The Coffee
SeriesWe Have Lost #3
Author: Paul Mathews
Genre: Science Fiction | Comedy
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 28 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
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Pages: 325
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#BlogTour: Loving The Life Less Lived by Gail Marie Mitchell @GailMitchell42 @RedDoorBooks #MHAW17 #LTLLL #AuthorInterview #Review #Giveaway

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, as most of you know this is a topic very close to my heart as someone living with Bipolar. I volunteer at a local mental health charity and I write about my own experiences over at my other blog.

It wasn’t a difficult decision to join the blog tour for Gail Marie Mitchell’s Loving the Life Less Lived. While I don’t generally read mental health books I was intrigued by the synopsis and the timing of the tour was perfect for ensuring something went up during this important week. I will be cross posting this over on my other blog so my mental health friends will see it aswell to ensure both my blogging communities get to celebrate this wonderful book.

Also, don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post, I have one copy of the book for my readers (UK only sorry).

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Like many people, Gail Marie Mitchell battled with anxiety and depression for many years, finding it exhausting, stressful and demoralising at times.

Realising that this approach to her condition was futile, Gail chose a different approach: acceptance.

Taking control in this way removed some of the pressure and enabled Gail to focus on developing coping strategies, creating the tips and tools that are included in this empathetic and practical book.

Gail focuses on the positive aspects of her condition, showing how a person living with mental illness is so much more than the label that society puts on them. She found acceptance empowering, enabling her to live her life to the full. Perhaps not the life she had planned, but one that is happy and fulfilling and that she loves. She is Loving the Life Less Lived.

By sharing her experiences and describing what she learnt from them as well as the resulting coping strategies, Gail has created an essential companion for anyone dealing with mental illness and their family and friends.

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Author Interview

Hi Gail, Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by on BrizzleLass Books.

1.    Tell us a bit about Loving the Life Less Lived for those who haven’t come across it before.

It’s part memoir / part self-help book. The ‘memoir’ part talks about my experiences of anxiety and depression over a number of years and my journey to healing. I have tried to be honest about my darkest moments but also hopeful about the possibilities. Mental illness is definitely not a life sentence; in fact looking back it has actually enhanced and enriched my life. The ‘self-help’ bit includes different sections on the ‘tools’ I use to manage my mental health. I don’t believe there is one ‘quick fix’ solution to anxiety or depression so it is about finding what works for you.

2.    What inspired you to write your story, and to turn it into a kind of self-help journal?

At the time I wrote the book there were very few titles out there by people who’d actually experienced anxiety and depression. I’d read loads of books by ‘experts’ but people who live through panic and despair day to day are the real experts. There are several more books out there now which is really good news. I wanted to tell people who were living with anxiety and depression that they are not alone. I also wanted to share some of the tools that have helped me on my journey.

3.    What made you start referring to your journey as the Life Less Lived?

The actual title for the book came to me in a flash, it literally dropped into my mind one day when I was particularly fed up and hiding under my duvet. Really though the Life Less Lived is a misnomer. In the way most of society judges things my life is ‘less lived’ because my career hasn’t gone as planned, I’ve had lots of deviations in my life, never had my plans turned out quite as I intended but the reason I LOVE it is because the live less lived is, in actual fact, much richer and fulfilling than anything I could have planned.

4.    You talk about having a positivity journal, I’m a big fan of journals I have several and also keep lists for everything, do you keep any other journals aside from your positivity journal?

If I had time I definitely would. I’m a great believer in journal writing, both as a healing process in itself but also as a tool to look back and see how far you have come. I spend 5 or 10 minutes a day on my positivity journal, which not only includes things I am thankful for but also lessons I have learnt and achievements I have made. If I get any other time to write during the day I am now turning my hand to fiction, writing a YA novel.

5.    You talked about your trip to the USA, this resonated with me having done a trip of my own at a pivotal point in my own journey. What do you think it is about travelling that makes us feel more in control than being at home?

Ooh, great question! I think there is something about travelling which gives the sense of moving on and making progress. I also think seeing different sights, people & places puts things in perspective. When we are at home in our own ‘world’ we can be fooled into thinking that that is the only world but when we travel our everyday lives seem far away, we can see our problems from a distance and they don’t seem so overwhelming or powerful.

6.    You speak about contacting the GP, most of us have plenty of stories to tell when it comes to our dealings with GPs, do you have any stories that stand out? (they don’t have to be horror stories…funny ones count!)

There is one that I talk about in the book where I was really at the end of my tether; I didn’t think I could carry on. I had summoned all my energy to visit the GP, psyched myself up to get into the surgery and then, half-sobbing and shaking, I’d blurted out my tale of woe. The GP was looking at my strangely and didn’t appear to be listening. When I’d finished he said ‘you do realise you are morbidly obese don’t you?!’ I was devastated. I went in desperate, I came out thinking I was a physical wreck as well as a mental wreck. It was horrible.

Having said that, there are many very good GPs and I have had some wonderful experiences too, somehow it’s the bad ones that always stand out.

7.    You talk about self-help books, yours is very much a self-help books with lots of useful insider tips for managing many of the key aspects of anxiety and depression, that said do you have any recommendations for books which have helped you?

I’m discovering new self-help books all the time. I have just started The Mindfulness Playbook by Dr Barbara Mariposa which is a simple and practical guide to Mindfulness and I am waiting to read Frazzled by Ruby Wax. If I was to pick one self-help book which has really helped me in the past it would probably be Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Dummies although that was quite hard work, it was worth it.

I sometimes find that the best ‘self-help’ books are not self-help books at all. Just getting stuck into a great work of fiction can take you to another space and time and distract you from your worries. I’ve just finished The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood which I was really able to escape into.

8.    Given your experiences do you think we as people or society as a whole puts too much pressure on us to live up to an ideal that the majority of us cannot meet?

Yes, absolutely. I don’t think it is intentional but it seems that there is more and more pressure from employers to meet targets, from advertisers to get the latest products, from magazines to be sexier and happier. I think it is worse for children and teenagers today, to get good grades, to keep up with their friends, to look the ‘right’ way. Young people today have access to the internet 24/7 so the pressure is never ending. I want to get the message out that it’s ok to be not ok. It’s fine to be ordinary; it’s great to be different.

9.    How did you find it sharing your experiences? Opening up about painful times in your life?

It was cathartic. I had already worked through a lot of the experiences I wrote about but some I hadn’t and writing them down as though explaining them to a friend helped me process them in my mind. I didn’t want to sugar coat anything but I also wanted to show that I learnt something from every experience and that, even at the times when I thought I couldn’t carry on, the situation eventually passed and I came out stronger.

The harder bit was letting people read it. Not strangers, I never minded that but my family and close friends. I was very worried about their reaction as I’ve never been able to explain so clearly how I feel verbally but somehow writing it down, it just flowed. Thankfully they were all great and I got really good feedback from everyone which was a relief!

10. The theme of mental health awareness week is striving or thriving, what do these mean to you?

I never use the expression to ‘suffer’ from anxiety and depression, although in the past I have definitely suffered from them! Now I manage them, mostly successfully, sometimes I still have a blip but having mental illness doesn’t mean you can’t also have a fulfilling career, close friends, a loving relationship and achieve all your aims and ambitions. You can live life to the full and love every minute of it. True you might have to take more care of yourself, rest more, get support, pace yourself but having experienced the darker side of life can really make you appreciate the joy and beauty in the ordinary and everyday experiences which many people take for granted.

Thank you so much for stopping by and wishing you all the best with the book.

Review

Despite my own issues with mental health I’m wary about reading memoirs because they are so personal to the person who has written them, if I don’t like them I always worry how my review will affect them (I’ve had a bad experience in this area and it is not one I wish to repeat). I also as a rule don’t like self help books so steer clear of these.

There was something about this synopsis though that made me rethink my policy of avoid avoid avoid, and I have to say I’m very glad I did. Gail Marie Mitchell writes in a similar manner to the way I do about my own mental health with a raw honesty and openness. She doesn’t hold back any dark or light corners of her life as she works through her experiences with depression and anxiety.

Certainly something that stood out to me as I read through the book was how many similarities in our stories there were. While my illness was technically different I still suffer with depression and anxiety, I still get panic attacks so could relate to the symptoms and experiences that Gail talks about in this book. Things she has been through often mirrored things I have been through and things she has tried to cope with so have I.

The more I read the more I realised that there are so many of us out here with these stories, who have similar experiences whatever our mental illness. I think that’s one of the most accomplishing things with a book that’s well written like this, it’s like a hug from a friend saying “I know what you’re going through”.

The other aspect to her book is her more self-help aspect, within each chapter she offers advice on dealing with whatever the focus of that chapter has been, from approaching the GP, to managing a panic attack. What I liked about these are they are practical learned tips from someone who has lived them. I found myself nodding my way through the tips knowing they are similar to the tips I would offer someone if they asked me, yet many of them are different to the “official” advice that would be offered in a professionally written book or if handed out by someone in a professional capacity.

While I found some of this hard to read, just because it will always be hard to read about someone struggling with their mental health for me. I felt an affinity with Gail that I haven’t felt reading someone’s memoir in a very long time. I feel like I came away from the book with a new friend and confidante.

I highly recommend this book, especially to people who may be newly struggling with anxiety and or depression, it will help you understand how to manage practically and probably help you avoid some of the pitfalls which can creep up in front of you.

Sending a huge thanks to Gail Marie Mitchell and Anna at Red Door Publishing for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Gail Marie Mitchell

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Gail Marie Mitchell has tried her hand at many things over the years from studying chemistry at the University of York to teaching in the favelas of Brazil. She now works in the exciting world of accountancy, supporting small charities in the East Midlands area. She lives in a country idyll with her husband and spends her time working, writing and trying to make sense of this crazy, confused and broken world we live in. She has lived for much of her life with anxiety and depression, conditions she has slowly learnt to accept and celebrate and which have led her to write Loving the Life Less Lived.

You can read her blog and poetry on her website at www.lovingthelifelesslived.com

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TitleLoving the Life Less Lived
Series: N/A
AuthorGail Marie Mitchell
Genre: Mental Health | Memoir | Self-Help
Publisher: Red Door Publishing
Publication Date: 4 May 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 256
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#BlogTour Legacy of the Mind by H.R. Moore @hr_moore @XpressoTours #AuthorInterview #Giveaway

Today I welcome the Legacy of the Mind tour to BrizzleLass Books. Written by H.R. Moore, this romantic fantasy sounds like a great read for young adults and I really wanted to share this novel and the fantastic interview I had with the author. It’s also free on Amazon this week if you fancy picking it up, see the buy links below for more.

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Anita has never been ordinary, she’s stuck out like a sore thumb her entire life; not only can she see the energy of others, a rare skill, but she’s won every Body challenge she’s ever entered. So when the powerful, good looking Descendants, Marcus and Alexander, mysteriously arrive in Empire, her difference attracts and keeps their attention.

Once in Empire, the sudden death of ruling Body Descendant, Christiana, sets in motion a number of events; a quest for the treacherous Austin to find the girl Christiana had been looking for; a challenge where Anita stands out more vibrantly than ever before; a perilous dip in the world’s energy; and a dangerous belief among the people that they will never truly be free. Powerful factions soon form within the ruling elite and when a trusted friend and mentor reaches out to ask for Anita’s help, she has to make a choice; help her friend and betray the one she loves, or do nothing and watch the people starve.

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Author Interview

Welcome to BrizzleLass Books and thanks for taking the time

1 Tell us something about you that your bio doesn’t already give away

Um…I have grade 8 singing, love horse-riding, drinking tea (especially whilst eating cake), and gardening, particularly growing vegetables as then I can eat them (seeing a theme?!).

2 You’ve lived in a lot of different places, have they helped influence your inner writer?

Definitely.  I draw a lot of inspiration from the different places I’ve been to or lived in, and often I’ve found going somewhere new can spark a fresh idea or bring out a totally different perspective.

In Legacy of the Mind, Empire and the surrounding area is inspired by small Scottish towns, Kingdom is inspired by St Andrews (where I went to University), and the countryside is inspired by Devon (where I spent most time growing up).  Many places in the Wild Lands are based on either places I’ve travelled to, or on amazing photographs I’ve seen, and this helps me have a really clear vision about the places I’m writing about.

3.Legacy of the Mind is your debut novel, what can you tell us about it?

Legacy of the Mind is for people who enjoyed books like Twilight, Divergent or The Hunger Games.  There’s action and adventure, a good helping of romance, but balanced out by a sinister side and underlying problem for the protagonists to solve.

I wrote it because I love getting swept up in a good YA romance with a solid story line and wanted to see if I could create one too.

4. What would you have done differently within your writing process if you had the chance to write it again?

I would have been more disciplined, especially about starting the next book in the trilogy.  It’s really easy to procrastinate instead of getting on with writing, and there’s something especially daunting / easy to put off about starting a whole new book.  I think I could have cut down the overall writing time considerably if I’d just been a bit stricter!

5. What did you edit out of the book that was good but just didn’t fit?

I planned really carefully before I started writing, so most of the big plot editing happened at this early stage.  I originally had a load more skills and Gods, but quickly realised this would have been really difficult to manage and wouldn’t contribute that much to the story, so whittled it down to three.

6. How do you choose your character names?

It’s a bit like naming a baby – lots of babies!  For Legacy of the Mind, right at the start, I had a brainstorm of all the names I liked and thought appropriate to the world (they had to be relatively traditional and a bit ostentatious for most of the characters) and used that as a list to work from.  For Anita, she had to be a bit more down to earth and ordinary, and Cleo has a more exotic personality, so Cleopatra seemed to fit.  The Gods needed to be removed, so their names have a more ancient, biblical sort of feel to them.

I guess I have an idea of how I want the characters to feel, and the names need to feel right too – it’s more of an art than a science.  And, apparently, I have a preference for names beginning with the letter ‘A’.  I never knew it, but for some strange reason, most of the new names I think up start with ‘A’!

7. Is there a character you particularly love within the novel we should look out for? And why?

Bas.  He’s great and is totally underrated by Anita; it’s just so unfair.  Because of Anita’s perception of him, he can come across as a bit weak, but when you think about everything he does, his position, and the knowledge and skills he has, he’s a really great catch and any girl would be lucky to have him.

8. How long did it take you to write this novel?

About a year.  And then I had to learn about the publishing industry and self-publishing and all the stuff that goes along with it, so it was published a few months after I finished.

9. What does success in the publishing world look like to you?

I think this is a really difficult question as publishing is such a hard industry.  There are so many books being both traditionally and self-published and it’s tricky for any author to get meaningful cut through.  For me, I felt a huge thrill the first time someone I didn’t know read Legacy of the Mind and gave me a 5 star review.  I guess that felt a lot like success!

10. Finally, If you could choose an animal to represent you what would be?

Hmm…tricky.   Maybe a monkey?  Don’t ask me why.

About H.R. Moore

Harriet was born in Germany in 1987, the family returning to the UK, to Dorset shortly afterwards. She lived there until she was 5, her grandfather teaching her the basics of cheating at cards and swindling chocolate, her mother starting to instil a (some would argue) unhealthy relationship with cake, and the neighbours demonstrating that some people don’t understand cherry blossom is there to be picked, mixed with mint and water and sold as perfume.
Then there was Scotland; stealthy guinea pig breeding, riding horses, advanced cards, more cake, then to Devon and school in Exeter. She loved maths in the early years, but by the time she got to A Level, Sociology was her favourite subject, opening her eyes to things she’d never before considered, namely, nobody is really right, nobody is really normal and primary socialisation has a lot to answer for.

At the age of about 12, Harriet started rowing for Exeter Rowing Club. This quickly took over her life and before too long she was clad in lycra, training 6 days a week and competing at events around the country.

After finishing her A Levels, Harriet went to university in St Andrews, studying Philosophy for two years, then switching to Management. She was particularly interested in the ‘people’ elements of her course and especially the areas concerning how people create and react to change. After four very civilised years by the sea, she ventured to London, to foray into the strange world of insurance (surprisingly, more interesting than you might think), where she currently works as a Project Manager.

Harriet has recently moved to Hertfordshire with her husband Chris and baby Atia. When she isn’t doing DIY, writing, editing, eating, taking photos, or imagining how much better life would be with the addition of a springer spaniel, she occasionally finds the time to make hats.

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TitleLegacy of the Mind
SeriesThe Legacy Trilogy #1
AuthorH.R. Moore
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Young Adult
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 2 January 2014
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 261
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#BlogTour: My Beautiful Disaster by J.D. Hughes @Joannahughes77 @emmamitchellfpr #AuthorInterview #Review #Giveaway

Today I welcome the My Beautiful Disaster tour to BrizzleLass Books. Written by J.D. Hughes, this romantic romp will leave you with some colour on your cheeks and desperate for some more. Today I have an author interview with our author about publication day and my review and at the end of the post is a tour-wide giveaway which I encourage you to take part in.

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Daniel Dukes, millionaire extraordinaire has it all. A thriving business, good looks, power, money and women who’ll drop their drawers at the click of his skilled fingers. Just how he likes it. Everything changes one day when a stipulation in his deceased Uncle’s will, scuppers his visionary plans. The only way to get what’s rightfully his, is to marry. Who? It doesn’t matter, because the enigmatic bachelor will stop at nothing and play dirty to get what is his.

Sophia Lewis had nothing until she started working directly for Daniel at Dukes Industries. Having grown up in care, she’s tough, has an answer for everything and knows how to handle all varieties of men. For two years, Sophia has attended to her overbearing boss’ every whim. Gone above and beyond the call of duty.

When an indecent proposal presents itself, boundaries are pushed and limits are tested. Can Daniel and Sophia remain professional to fool the dead Uncle’s Lawyers? As lines become blurred and tempers become frayed, can two strong willed souls be the key to unlock each other’s hidden secrets? Or will the high price of the deal come at a devastating cost to them both?

*Warning* Mature themes and one hell of a cliff hanger!

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Author Interview

So, your book is being published!

Woo hoo!!

How do you spend publication day eve and the actual day?

What do you do the night before?

I sit biting my nails waiting for my book to appear on Amazon. Pink Champagne is always close by as well as my whole family. It’s a big deal. I am more nervous of my book going live than when I walked down the aisle.

The morning?

Promote, promote and promote. And constantly check KDP like some neurotic mad woman.

Who are you with?

My husband and kids. The kids really don’t care though. (Sigh!)

Where do you go?

Mostly home but we celebrate later by going out for a meal and making a toast with all my loved ones and supporters.

What do you spend the day doing? After promotion?

Rock back and forth hoping people like it. Ha!

Is publication day 1 the same as publication day 2? And so on?

At first, I’m obsessive, continually checking KDP but then begin to relax. I love reading the reviews too. Even if there are negative ones, I don’t beat myself up about it. I learn from it if it’s genuine constructive criticism.

Do you have any rituals?

No rituals but I always feel sad when I’ve completed a novel. But majorly excited to see it through someone else’s eyes.

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Sophia, saved as a care runaway as a child by a biker gang hasn’t had a lot in her life but through true grit and determination she’s bagged herself a job at Duke Industries as Daniel Dukes PA. Following the death of his Uncle Daniel, a renowned playboy, has to get married within three weeks, or lose his inheritance, and along with it his lifes’ work.

Of course the logical conclusion is to chose his PA, someone he has no feelings for, and who has no feelings for him in return.

Now, those of us in book-land know that this is a recipe for disaster, or heated hot rumpy-bumpy! Now despite this being a book full of all the joys of sex it also has an excellent storyline which kept me riveted.

I sometimes find the playboy trope a little tired in these books but it’s done really well in this novel and Daniel comes across really well with his reasons for his playboy antics being understandable and well explained.

Sophia is a feisty and strong woman who despite liking Daniel’s alpha male ways isn’t afraid to stand up to him. Her tough early life has shaped her into a secure and strong woman and she doesn’t need his acceptance but wants it.

The end of this book though, Oh My, I don’t do well with cliffhangers, I like nice neat tied with a bow endings and this one was especially painful! So much so that I immediately went and downloaded the second book, which I hope to have time to read very very soon because I really don’t like how in the dark I am right now!

Suffice to say this was a truly excellent book, an easy read and characters that I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with.

Sending a huge thanks to J.D. Hughes and EDM Editorial & Publicity Services for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About J.D. Hughes

J.D. Hughes writes fun, romantic suspense fiction. Born and raised in Worcestershire, she has lived in London and Northern Ireland but has returned to the city she loves.

Despite training in Musical Theatre and directing many productions, J.D. Hughes soon found she preferred making up her own stories, always completed with happy endings. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, walk her puppy and embarrass her three children. Her debut Novel ‘You Have My Heart’, published in 2016 was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite. ‘My Beautiful Disaster’ is the next release and is a two-part series.

To learn more about J.D. Hughes follow her Facebook page J.D. Hughes, or on Twitter @joannahughes77

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TitleMy Beautiful Disaster
Series: My Beautiful Disaster #1
Author: J.D. Hughes
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Adult
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Publication Date: 14 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
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Blog Tour: Interview: Undead Ultra by Camille Picott

Welcome to my stop on the Undead Ultra Blog Tour by Camille Picott and hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my interview with the author Camille Picott. There is also a giveaway at the end of the post so don’t miss out on your chance to enter.

Description:
Undead: a reanimated corpse with a craving for human flesh.

Ultramarathon: any footrace longer than a traditional marathon (26.2 miles).

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