Festive Reads! The Empty Stocking By Richard Curtis

December 13, 2012

Richard Curtis The Empty Stocking

A brilliantly funny and heart-warming story for Christmas Eve from acclaimed scriptwriter Richard Curtis!

It’s Christmas Eve and there’s one very important question on everyone’s mind – have YOU been good this year? For twins Sam and Charlie this is a big worry. Charlie has been especially naughty and everyone is sure that she won’t get any presents AT ALL. But when Santa makes a mistake, it’s up to naughty Charlie to put things right. Will her last-minute secret act of kindness be enough to redeem her after all?

This book is a MUST READ – even if you’re a grown up! It is warm, funny and beautifully illustrated. A great way to bring a little festive spirit into the home in the run-up to Christmas this year!

Picture Puffin Hardback/ Paperback
Publication Date: 4th October 2012
Price: £12.99
Age Range: 3+ years

Cecelia Ahern 100 Names

October 29, 2012

Review of 100 Names Cecelia Ahern

The uplifting and thoughtful new novel from the author whose unique talent has made her a Sunday Times bestseller every year since 2004.

Kitty carefully opened the envelope and looked inside. A single sheet lay within. She slid it out and was faced with a list of one hundred names. The names had been typed and were numbered along the left-hand-side from one to one hundred. The list excluded a summary, synopsis or anything to explain who these people were or what the story was. Kitty looked in to the envelope for more but there was nothing. She sank back in her chair.

Should she know what the names meant?  Was there a hidden message?

Journalist Kitty Logan’s career is on the brink of ruin. A reporter on the TV news show ‘Thirty Minutes she has been suspended by the network and is facing charges of libel following an ill-researched story. To make matters worse she faces losing the woman who guided and taught her everything she knew. At her terminally ill friend’s bedside, Kitty asks – what is the one story she always wanted to write?

The answer lies in a file buried in Constance’s office: a list of one hundred names. There is no synopsis, nothing to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late.

With everything to prove, Kitty is assigned the most important task of her life: to write the story her mentor never had the opportunity to. Kitty not only has to track down and meet the people on the list, but find out what connects them. And, in the process of hearing ordinary people’s stories, she starts to understand her own. The extraordinary can always been found in the ordinary…

Cecelia Ahern is the author of nine novels. She has enjoyed phenomenal success since she burst on to the scene nine years’ ago with PS. I Love You. Aside from novels Cecelia has written for television and stage, adapting her own novella Mrs Whippy for theatre as well as co-creating the ABC/E4 series Samantha Who? PS I Love You was one of the earliest Richard & Judy picks and became a million-copy bestseller as well as being turned into a hit box-office film starring Hilary Swank. Her novels are published in over 40 languages and have sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide.

100 Names by Cecelia Ahern is a great winter read. Ahern is back on fine form with this captivating, engaging and warm novel. Showing that everyone really does have their own story to tell, 100 Names is perfect for cold, winter’s day reading and the beautifully presented book would also make an ideal Christmas gift! We loved it! 

Fern Britton Hidden Treasures

October 23, 2012

Every bit as warm and sharp as her debut’ – The Mirror

Helen Merrifield has said goodbye to her philandering husband and her swish West London house, to live in an idyllic country cottage in the heart of a postcard-perfect village in Cornwall.

Putting the past behind her, Helen throws herself into country life and soon makes a new set of eccentric friends. To her surprise, Helen finds herself the love-interest of two very different men: the kind, gentle, desperate-for-love-and-sex Simon, and the darkly enigmatic local historian Piran.

Whilst Helen is getting to grips with her new life, her oldest and dearest friend, Penny, a hot-shot TV Producer, has decided that the village is the perfect setting for her new TV series. When the cast and crew descend, two worlds collide, and Helen is thrown headlong into 5am wake-up calls and temperamental celebrities.

In the midst of all this, Helen stumbles across a forgotten old tin chest full of Edwardian treasures. Who do they belong to? Will the unpleasant historian Piran help her to find out or will Simon have the key?

As Helen finds herself the focus of Simon and Piran’s attentions, it looks like her ex-husband is planning to put in an unscheduled appearance. Will Helen embrace the future, or is it too difficult to let go of the past?

Fern’s warmth, insight and humour combine to deliver a hugely enjoyable novel that will speak to women everywhere.

Paperback £7.99 | Ebook £5.99

Praise for Hidden Treasures

‘Complicated friendships and tales of a chaotic love life make
It a must read’ – Woman

‘Perfectly captures the sights and smells of village life’ – Heat

About the Author

Fern is the new darling of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing!

Fern began her career as a television presenter in 1980 after completing a stage management course at the Central School of Drama. Fern’s warmth, humour, empathy and compassion have made her incredibly popular and she has become a much sought after presenter. In 2008 Fern released her autobiography Fern: My Story, which was a huge bestseller, and followed this with her debut novel New Beginnings in March 2011. It was an instant success and a top four bestseller. Fern is deeply committed to a number of charities, in particular those working with and for women, children and childbirth. She lives with her husband Phil Vickery, the well respected chef, and her four children in Buckinghamshire. She is available for interview and events.

Bad Angels by Rebecca Chance

October 23, 2012

Bad Angels Rebecca Chance

Limehouse Wharf is the new, uber-luxury apartment building in Canary Wharf where celebrities who’ve had ‘work’ done hole up until they have healed. It’s Christmas, and Melody Dale, an actress whose career is in tatters after ill-advised plastic surgery has fled LA to get her body, and her boyfriend, back. But a ‘well-meaning’ friend might be about to sabotage all of her Christmas plans…


Meanwhile, Aniela Fatyga, the nurse in residence, finds herself falling for the unlikely Jon Jordan, an assassin for hire who is also convalescing there. Will their sizzling relationship become something more? And who is he on the run from? And then there’s the oligarch, Grigor Khalovsky, the owner of Kensington football team, whose legendary Christmas party is about to get a whole lot more exciting as scandals, blackmail and murder are exposed.

 It’s going to be a Christmas like no other.

We loved this book. It is perfect for winter reading, curled up under the covers and ideal for those who want a well written, sexy and more compelling alternative to 50 Shades of Grey!


Praise for previous Rebecca Chance novels:

‘Glitzy, hedonistic and scandalous, this compelling read is a real page-turner.’ Closer

‘An explosive read’ Star magazine

‘Blistering new bonkbuster’ The Sun


Born in North London, Rebecca Chance read English Literature at Cambridge and wrote for various newspapers and music magazines before moving to Tuscany to learn Italian and to focus on writing books. After eight years in Italy, she moved to Manhattan, where her experience of the New York dating scene inspired her non-fiction dating book Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating, which was featured on the Richard and Judy Book Club and published under the name Lauren Henderson.

Now back in the UK, Rebecca lives in London with her husband and has quickly made the bonkbuster genre her own, bringing the genre ‘bang’ up to date and, reflecting the trials and tribulations of both women and men, gay and straight, as she hones in on the outsized dreams and desires that we all covet. Rebecca Chance’s bestselling novels include Divas, Bad Sisters, Bad Girls and Killer Heels.

Writing for Love – Chrissie Manby

July 6, 2012

The ideal read for aspiring writers, Writing for Love is an enjoyable and inspiring guide on writing a novel from scratch from bestselling women’s fiction author Chrissie Manby, and it’s available exclusively in eBook format.

Learn everything you need to know from piecing together your first plan to mapping out your plot, laugh at Chrissie’s tales of trial and error she’s faced during her career, and find the encouragement to knuckle down and write your first novel. Writing for Love is a fantastic insight into how this prolific author writes her novels.

You can also read a special sneak peek of Chrissie Manby’s delightful new novel, What I Did On My Holidays, which will be published on 21st June. What I Did On My Holidays is the perfect summer book for anyone looking for a hilarious and escapist read.

Writing for Love:

How to Write a Novel in Eleven Easy Steps


Publication date: 17thMay 2012
Hodder eBook, £1.49

Praise for Chrissie Manby:

‘Sometimes poignant and often hilarious’ Daily Mail
‘Nothing short of brilliant’ Marie Claire
‘Sassy and addictive’ Closer
‘Unputdownable… Laugh-out-loud funny’ Heat
‘Destined to keep you up until the small hours’ Daily Mirror

Chrissie Manby grew up in Gloucester and became a writer accidentally when she wrote an erotic novella for a dare under the pseudonym Stephanie Ash. She has since written twenty-five books under various names. Chrissie now lives in London. Her previous novels include Getting Over Mr Right and The Matchbreaker, and her new novelWhat I Did On My Holidays will be published in June. She has written features for magazines including Marie Claire and Mail on Sunday YOU.

Follow her on twitter @chrissiemanby

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

July 6, 2012

Whether it’s monkey business, funny business, or getting down to business, Janet Evanovich’s Lizzy and Diesel series proves that there’s no business like Wicked Business.

Lizzy Tucker’s once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel.

When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his twenty-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Following clues contained in a cryptic nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences. On their way they’ll leave behind a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and general mayhem.

Diesel’s black sheep cousin, Gerwulf Grimoire, also wants the Stone. His motives are far from pure, and what he plans on doing with the treasure, no one knows . . . but Lizzy Tucker fears she’s in his crosshairs. Never far and always watching, Grimoire has a growing, vested interest in the cupcake-baker-turned-finder-of-lost-things. As does another dangerous and dark opponent in the hunt—a devotee of lawlessness and chaos, known only as Anarchy.

Treasures will be sought, and the power of lust will be unmistakable as Lizzy and Diesel attempt to stay ahead of Anarchy, Grimoire, and his medieval minion, Hatchet, in this ancient game of twisted riddles and high-stakes hide-and-seek.

Another exciting part of the Lizzie and Diesel series! Fast paced, good fun and great summer reading!

Get it on Amazon HERE or at your local book stores!

About Last Night by Adele Parks

July 6, 2012

The gorgeously addictive new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller

For thirty years, best friends Stephanie and Philippa have been practically inseparable. There’s nothing they would not do for one another. Until a few simple words change everything.

‘I need you to say that I was with you.’

Steph, eternally solid, considerate and dependable, is begging her best friend to lie to the police as she’s desperately trying to conceal two shocking secrets to protect her family. Pip, self-consigned to the role of scatty, frivolous hot-head is overwhelmed; she’s normally the one asking for help in a crisis although never anything as catastrophic as this. Both women have always believed that friendship is built on mutual selflessness, compromise and trust. Are those beliefs now to be tested beyond endurance?

This is a refreshing and wonderfully written book. It is told in such a way that you find yourself unable to put it down. An exciting, captivating read that is absolutely ideal for adding to your summer book buys!

Get it on Amazon HERE or in your local book stores! 

Perfect Strangers by Tasmina Perry

July 6, 2012

Breathlessly exciting, gloriously glamorous, PERFECT STRANGERS is Sunday Times bestseller Tasmina Perry’s most thrilling novel to date.

Just an innocent invitation…

When Sophie Ellis is asked to house-sit at a luxurious Knightsbridge townhouse, it appears to be the offer of a lifetime. Drawn into the glittering circle of the home’s owner, she meets wealthy American businessman Nick Cooper and is swept up into a thrilling and passionate affair.

But when Nick is found dead in his hotel suite, Sophie is suddenly the prime suspect for his murder, and soon realises Nick was not the man he seemed. Racing to find the truth and clear her name, Sophie must elude not only the authorities but also a group of dangerous players who believe Sophie has something that they want. And who won’t stop until she’s caught…

Escape with Tasmina Perry from London to New York to the exotic Cote D’Azur, and into a world where a simple case of mistaken identity unravels a web of lies and international conspiracy.

Perfect Strangers is one of our top Summer 2012 reads! Exciting, addictive and glamorous. The perfect beach book!

Get it on Amazon HERE or in your local book stores.

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