Book Review: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C Tansley. PLUS Giveaway!

Release Date: 17th October 2017
Publisher: Beckett Publishing Group
Twitter: @KourHei

Firstly, Happy Publication Day to K.C Tansley and a big big thank you for sending me 'The Girl Who Saved Ghosts.' I have to admit that it wouldn't have been my first choice of genre and initially I thought it wouldn't be my cup of tea, but oh how I love that I was so wrong about that! This book was such a nice change of pace for me and I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it. I am so happy that I gave it a chance.

Book Review: Pursued for the Viscount's Vengeance by Sarah Mallory.

Release Date: 22nd August 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Twitter: @SarahMRomance

I know I've probably said this before, so I apologize in advance for repeating myself, but I absolutely love when I'm in the middle of reading a book and I have to stop for a moment to just sit and think about how amazing it is that all the words in front of me, that have been put together, are making me so happy in that moment. It never ceases to amaze me how fantastic certain authors are when they can whisk me away and make me feel like I'm in a different era, even when I'm in a car with the radio blasting and people talking! I just love it!

Dear husband,

Dear Chris,

I started this blog a little over four years ago and every year on this day I have dedicated the post to you. Today, 12th October, marks our wedding anniversary and it's a day that brings me more joy as each year goes by. This year, 2017, we are celebrating four years married and it's actually the first year we are spending it apart. So, as I'm sending my love to you from 4000 miles away, this post is an extra important one and I feel I best make it good.

It's been a while.

Hey guys, how are you all doing? It's been a little while since I've felt compelled to write a blog post but today I just felt like writing. It's going to be a little different to the usual posts in a way, as really I just wanted to chat and sort of give you a bit of a life update, so I hope you don't mind.

Book review: 50 Ways To Live The Life Of Your Dreams by Chris Silvio.

Release date: Oct 4th 2017
Publisher: Independently published.
Twitter: @thechrissilvio

So, I feel like I have to start this book review by stating that this review is in no way biased at all. No matter my fondness for the author, I promise I am giving you my 100% honest review. With that being said this book is delightful and you should buy it! I bought it on Kindle and in Paperback because, yes, I am getting it signed.

Book Review: A Beginners Guide to... by Jennifer Joyce.

Want to know the best way to get through a 12 hour car journey, when the AC doesn’t work and your butts gone numb? Read Jennifer Joyce’s ‘A Beginners Guide to Salad’ and ‘A Beginners Guide to Saying I do’ back to back. Time will fly by and you won’t notice how uncomfortable you are because you’ll be too busy laughing and getting lost in wedding preparations and crazy diets.

Book Review: The Millionaire's Redemption by Therese Beharrie.

Release Date: 8th August 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
Twitter: @ThereseBeHarrie

This is the first book of Therese BeHarrie that I have read. I love meeting new authors, so was very excited when Therese got in touch about 'The Millionaire's Redemption.'

Book Review: Redeeming the Rogue Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes.

Release Date: 1st September 2017
Publisher: Mills and Book Historical
Twitter: @ElisabethHobbes @MillandBoon

I just got off the phone with my Mum, where I couldn't resist chatting to her about this book. I am currently introducing her to all of the ladies of The Unlaced Book Club and it's making me so happy. I know she has her own TBR pile to get through but I love it when we can share books, especially when she loves them as much as I do. Redeeming the Rogue Knight is definitely going on her list. 

Book Review: Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream by Sue Watson.

Release Date: 27th June 2017
Publisher: Bookouture
Twitter: @suewatsonwriter @bookouture 

I feel like I have to start this review by telling you that I finished this book in three days and the night I finished it, I wasn't actually intending to. I had, had the luxury of of an evening with just myself and my book and I just couldn't stop - I'm not even kidding - I actually could not stop! The minutes kept ticking by, it was creeping further and further past my bedtime but I HAD to find out what happened. How would I find sleep if I didn't know if Dani and Chris got together? The answer is, I wouldn't, so, I just kept reading.

Book Review: Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood.

Release Date: 29th June 2017.
Publisher: Amazon
Twitter: @kirstybooks

Jeebus I don't even know where to begin!!! I am feeling so many emotions right now, it's untrue! What an absolutely beautiful book! Kirsty Greenwood I am bowing down to you for creating such a heartfelt, brilliantly written story...even if you did make me cry! 

Book review: Blind Item by Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan.

Publisher: Imprint
Release date: 6th June 2017

I received this book from the amazing Lindsey Kelk. She recommended it to me as she thought it was something I would enjoy. Now, I think I may have told you on one or two (try fifty) occasions how much I love Lindsey Kelk, so you know I was more than happy to read anything she suggested. Blind Item was written by Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan, both of whom have worked in the entertainment business for over twenty five years. It's safe to say they know a thing or two about a scandal and dealing with celebrities. Therefore, this book is an inside look into what goes on in Hollywood. The stories and plot are real but we just have no idea who they actually happened to. And believe me when I tell you, our leading lady deals with many a scenario that will make you say 'Wow', ' Nooo way', 'Really?' 

Book Review: The Knight's Scarred Maiden by Nicole Locke.

Release Date: 18th July 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Twitter: @NicoleLockeNews

What's better than any old post? Getting book post, that's what!  Especially if it arrives in a sparkly blue jiffy bag, with a cute card and bookmarks. Thank you Nicole Locke, this made our day! If you don't know already, I am currently working my through all the novels from the nine ladies who are the admins of The Unlaced Bookclub, the same nine ladies, who have written a short story for our blog - Captive At Cragdale Hall, Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3. They are all wonderful and I have found myself completely lost in worlds full of dashing knights, handsome rogues and brooding mercenaries. I absolutely love it.

Ti Voglio Bene Per Sempre.

On the 29th July this year, our lives changed forever. Subsequently we’ve had quite a big break from blogging and can’t honestly tell you when we will be back to our regular schedule. On the 29th July we lost one of our biggest inspirations, one of our greatest motivators and someone who made our life magical just by being him. We lost our Grandad. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. We were four days away from going home, back to the UK, after being away for seven months. Four days away from getting to cuddle him, cook with him and just spend time with him. So, this post hasn’t been an easy one to get our heads round and we’re not sure we’ll actually be able to express everything we feel right now, but at the same time, we couldn't possibly continue with any posts without taking the time to write one about Grandad. We're still going to be talking about him constantly and in time, get back to sharing the recipes we treasure, but for right now we just wanted to express our love from the rooftops to the man we feel truly blessed to call our Grandad. You only have to glance at our blog to see that he was a huge part of it, from the family stories, photos and recipes, him, our Nanna and our family in general are simply everything to us. And Grandad was, and will always be, a piece of our heart that will never stop beating.

Captive at Cragdale Hall by The Unlaced Book Club. Part Three.

Will Emma and Hugh escape? Why have they been lured to Cragdale Hall? And, most importantly, are they ever going to kiss? Will Unlaced authors Jenni Fletcher, Janice Preston and Harper St George lead our intrepid hero and heroine to their happily ever after?

Pistachio Torrone.

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The postman has just dropped off a parcel. Our sister, Jen and the two of us are squashed in the doorway thanking him, waving him off, while trying to stop ourselves from squealing and jumping up and down on the spot in front of him. It's an incredibly hard feat as the parcel he has just delivered is from Italy. You know we are bursting inside, our joy and excitement bubbling. We push past each other, banging elbows and tripping up over shoes in the hallway, until we reach the dining room. 

Book Review: "I Have Never" by Camilla Isley.

Twitter: @camillaisley
Publisher: Pink Bloom Press
Release Date: July 13, 2017

I'm going to start by saying I am currently doing the happy book dance! Yes, please picture me dancing, jumping and wiggling on the spot. My dancing contains a lot a of wiggling from side to side because who needs skill and rhythm? :p This book was just wonderful. I got to read it while on the cruise which was heaven for me. I feel like I have been trying to get through my TBR pile for quite some time now, so it felt great to tuck into these books that I have been eager to read.

Chuck! 10 reasons why it's the BEST show EVER!

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The instrumental version of Short Skirt/Long Jacket starts to fill the room; waking me from my slumber. My eyes flicker as I reach over to my phone to silence my alarm. Careful not to wake my snoozing husband, I slide out of the blanket and exit the bedroom, closing the door behind me. Once I have my coffee in hand, I scroll through my notifications to see that I have a message from my sister, Jen. I click on it and am greeted with a picture of Chuck. I smile at his facial expression. I carefully choose my response. Ten minutes later and we have had an entire conversation using only pictures of Chuck and his various expressions, because who needs emoji's when you're a true Chuckaholic?

Book review: 'Sunshine After the Rain' by Daisy James.

Publisher: @HQDigital 
Release Date: July 5th 2017
Twitter: @daisyjamesbooks 

Oh how I adored "Sunshine After The Rain" by Daisy James. I read it while I was on our family cruise a few weeks back and it could not have been more perfect. Oh it just made me happy. I love when books do that; when you are immersed in their world and it just feels exciting and colourful and special. This book ticked all those boxes, I simply loved it.

Captive at Cragdale Hall by The Unlaced Book Club. Part Two.

What’s in the attic? Who is the spooky Arthur and what does he want? And where is the mysterious Miss Mary Delford? Unlaced authors Elisabeth Hobbes, Virginia Heath and Catherine Tinley now pick up the quill as our story takes a darker turn…

Foodies at Sea!

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Oh my goodness, where to start! You knew this post was coming, didn't you? Oh how excited we were when we were told we would be getting three course meals every night, that ice cream and pizza were available 24 hours and that there were restaurants a plenty on board our Carnival Magic Cruise ship. We were salivating just thinking about the possibilities.

Book Review: A Warriner to Rescue Her, by Virginia Heath.

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Release Date: 29th June 2017
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @VirginiaHeath_ @millsandboon

I intended to read the second book in The Wild Warriners series while on our family cruise. However, I was simply too eager to find out more about the next Warriner brother to wait very long, so started it two days before we set sail. This meant that the first two days of the cruise, I spent a lot of time in the ship's library with my head firmly in James Warriner's story. Time well spent, I assure you. 

Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. G.L.O.W.

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"From England, Beatrice and Penelope, The Bristols..."

We had a few odd names in our Wrestling careers, 'The Sisters of Virtue' anyone?? But once we found Hannah and Holly Blossom, we were quite content and happy. It was cute, flowery and represented us well. Beatrice and Penelope Bristol were definitely not who we were,  but we were being given an opportunity that seemed like a lot of fun, albeit way out of our comfort zone and a little odd to us, but fun non the less.

Book Review: Summer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin.

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Release Date: 30th June 2017
Publisher: Bookouture.
Twitter: @HollyMauthor

Holly Martin returns with yet another charming summer read. Summer at Buttercup Beach is perfect for those lazy sunny days in the garden, lounging on a deck chair by the pool or relaxing on the beach on holiday. 

Captive at Cragdale Hall by The Unlaced Book Club. Part One.

Once Upon a Time…

When the Blossom Twins asked the ladies from The Unlaced Book Club to write them a story, we jumped at the chance. Although all great friends, we had never worked collaboratively before. The nine of us, although all Harlequin Historical authors, have very different writing styles and write in different time periods, so we needed to find a way to make it work. We mulled plots, structure and characters but came up blank. In the end, we decided to write it as a tag team with each author picking up the thread where the other left off, none of us quite knowing where it was going. If we say so, we are rather pleased with the finished result.

We made Limoncello!

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Lemons make us happy. When we were babies we would happily munch on lemons while in our high chairs and we remember crying when someone took them away. When we got older we loved nothing more than listening to our Nanna tell us stories from her youth, where she would run around her garden at home in Italy and pick the lemons, lemon's as big as our heads. And, you can bet we have grown up sipping on Limoncello. There was, and is, always a bottle in the cupboard at Nanna and Grandad's house, so when in Rome...

Book Review: 'Death Plays a Part' by Vivian Conroy.

Release Date: July 7th 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @VivWrites 

OK, so I have to start by saying that you know me and when it comes to books I'm either reading more chick-lit type books or I've got my head buried in American Literature or maybe even an Autobiography, but I don't believe I have ever picked up a murder mystery.

Better Together!

I"m stood staring at my wardrobe, tears spilling down my face as I bawl to my husband that I have absolutely nothing to wear. I then pull out my usual floaty dress, that's graced far too many scrapbook pages over the past ten years, and I step into the night pouting and sulking, ever so slightly, that I'm never, not ever, not even a wee little bit, ever, going to look like that of one of my style icons. 

Book Review: Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett.

Release Date: 26th June 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @sarahlouwrites @HQDigitalUK

I love a good book series. There is just something so special about returning to a place I know and love and falling back into step with characters that are already my friends. So, when I heard about Sarah Bennett's second book and the fact that it would be book two in a 'Butterfly Cove' series, I couldn't have been more thrilled. 

Carnival Cruising.

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Good morning and happy Monday everyone. How are you? It feels so good to be writing our little blog again. We had an absolute blast on our first family cruise. It was lovely to get away for a bit and have a break, but we certainly felt we were missing a sense of who we are. So, today we are super excited to be back and to share our adventures with you. We got to spend time with our wonderful family, eat lots of delicious food and explore some beautiful places.

Gone Fishing!

Ok, so we're not exactly going fish but we are going on holiday! Yes, this Sunday we are heading down to Orlando, to hop on a Carnival Cruise ship for one whole week!

Book Review: The Little Bed and Breakfast by the Sea by Jennifer Joyce.


Release Date: 28th June 2017.
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @jenniferjoycewrites @HQDigitalUK

Okay, so I'm going to be a little unconventional here with my book review because I'd very much like to start with this...

Q & A with Author Jennifer Joyce.

We last chatted to Jennifer Joyce over a year ago! Where has the time gone? Since then, I am almost done reading all of her books and am also currently working my way through her short stories, over on her blog. If you can't tell already, I am a huge fan! Jennifer's stories always put a smile on my face, I relate to her characters, love her settings and just genuinely love her writing. You can read more about that tomorrow though, when I join the blog tour for her wonderful new book. Speaking of which...

Book Review: 'The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square' by Lily Bartlett

Twitter: @MicheleGormanUK
Publication Date: June 1st 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

When Michele Gorman reached out to me about The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square, I was excited to get stuck in. It sounded right up my street. Furthermore, I was looking forward to reading a new Author.

Lemon and Marsala Cheesecake!

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We have been on a roll with baking lately, you just can't get us out of the kitchen. We think Nanna and Grandad are pretty proud of us, as every few days we tell them about something we have whipped up, be it a family recipe we are working on perfecting or a new Italian recipe we just have to try.

Must see/Must eat: London!*

It wasn't until our husbands had their first visits to our home sweet home of England, that we really paid attention to tourist spots and monuments. It's funny because here in the States, when we tell people we are from Manchester, we get one of two responses. First 'Ahhh, Manchester United,' and second 'do you know the Queen?' We would feel somewhat ashamed to admit that "no we personally do not know the Queen" and secondly, that it wasn't until Kelly's Chris came to England that we actually visited Buckingham Palace.

Book Review: Cinderella and the Duke by Janice Preston.

Release Date: 29th June 2017
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @JaniceGPreston @MillsandBoon

I am back with another review for yet another delightful book from Janice Preston. 'Cinderella and the Duke' is her NEW book that will be out very soon. It's part of a six book series and I cannot wait for the next one. More on than later.

Reminiscing 'bout the time.

We are huge reminicsers, so much so, that we just made up a word for it right there! :p It's not that we live in the past, we just love thinking about the places we've been, the things we have accomplished thus far and the awesome childhood we are so lucky to have had.

Book Review: The Accidental Honeymoon by Portia MacIntosh.

Release Date: 16th June 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @portiamacintosh @hqdigitaluk

After reading this book, I have come to the conclusion that Portia MacIntosh is my book soul mate. Her words, her stories, her characters, they speak to me on so many levels that I can't think of a better way to describe it. In fact, I now firmly believe that we all have a book soul mate, maybe even more than one.

Let's get motivated. Gym talk!

I have to admit that I've needed a little more motivation as of late to get my butt in the gym. I've not had a specific goal in mind and have been extra focused on my writing and practicing Nanna and Grandad's recipes, so it's not been my number one priority. However, last years training with Chris Knott, has definitely proved invaluable. It's meant that I don't get too down on myself and completely stop my progress. I get my brain in gear, get there when I can and push myself during my sessions.

Daddy/Daughter Travel Plans.

We've said it before and will continue to say it again and again, we are incredibly thankful to have the Dad that we have. He's an amazing person; generous, kind, caring, adventurous and hard working, but above all that, he's a fantastic Dad. We have been fortunate enough to go on many adventures with Dad over the years, like Route 66, The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. We've also been to many a car show with him close to home. But with all those trips now behind us, today and in honour of Father's Day this weekend, we thought we'd look to the future, to the trips that are calling our names!

Savory meets sweet in this Crosta & Mollica dessert.

Savory meets sweet in this Crosta & Mollica dessert. 

While it was very tempting to devour all of our Crosta and Mollica goodies during our Italian Picnic on the beach, we decided to save a few items, so we could create an alternate recipe to share with you in another blog post. We chose to keep these Classic Piada's, because our minds were racing with what deliciousness we could create with them.

Book Review: A Warriner to Protect Her by Virginia Heath.

Release Date: 4th May 2017
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @virginiaheath_ @millsandboon

*Currently preforming my happy new author dance!!* Okay, I'm done! :p I've been talking about Virginia Heath and her Wild Warriners a lot on Twitter the last week and rightly so. 'A Warriner to Protect Her' is the first book of Virginia's I have read and I was over the moon with it.

Insta Love!

Today I simply wanted to share some Insta Love and shout out some of the wonderful Instagrammers who have been inspiring me lately. There are millions of you out there so I know I am going to miss out a few, but please know that if you are not on the list you are still very much awesome. Also, please comment below your Instagram links with a big "I'M AWESOME, FOLLOW ME" comment too! :)

An interview with Lindsey Kelk!

At the risk of copying my other posts where I have talked about Lindsey Kelk, I have to start by saying, I bloody love this woman. I know, I know, I've written that before but I can't help it, I truly do. From her marvelous books, make up expertise, fashion, hair, humor and just all round being a genuinely awesome human being, I adore her. So I am beyond thrilled today to bring you this delightful little catch up with this gorgeous woman. I am going to stop rambling now so you can simply go and bask in her awesomeness.

Happiness Diary: May.


I did my last Happiness Diary back in March and really enjoyed it. I loved reading Lucy's April diary and couldn't wait to share mine with you again. I've been keeping track all May of the moments each day that have put a big smile on my face, so let's jump right in.

Book Review: Mary and the Marquis by Janice Preston.

Release Date: 1st August 2014
Publisher: Mills and Book Historical
Twitter: @janiceprestonwriter

This is the second Janice Preston book I have read in the last two weeks. I find myself falling further and further under her spell with each book I read and I couldn't be happier. Her characters feel like home, so much so, that it only takes mere seconds for me to get lost in their worlds.

Crosta and Mollica beach picnic and GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to Crosta and Mollica we finally ticked something off our 'Bucket Lists' that being: 'Have a picnic on the beach.' And boy did we do it in style. We first teamed up with this incredible company last year and since then their products have been a staple in our household. Grandad is never without their breadsticks and our favourite movie snack to munch on with Mum are their Tarallini. So, we are beyond thrilled to be teaming up with them again, to give YOU the chance to WIN these delicious products for your own summer picnic.

Magic Kingdom and Staying Safe in the Sun.

Last weekend, Chris and I concluded his amazing birthday gift to me, a ticket to each Disney Park, with a trip to Magic Kingdom. If I really had to pick, I'd say Magic Kingdom is my favourite Disney park, so we saved it till last. With it being Memorial Day weekend, the park was bustling with people and it was also extremely hot, but we still had a wonderful time. Today I wanted to share a few pictures with you, because, well, it's Disney and I can't not take pictures. But also, I wanted to give you a few pieces of advice on how I have been learning to stay safe in this lovely Florida sunshine. 

Book Review: The Convenient Felstone Marriage by Jenni Fletcher.

Release Date: 1st June 2017.
Publisher: Mills and Boon.
Twitter: @jenniauthor

After reading 'The Convenient Felstone Marriage,' I now have a new way of measuring how much I loved a book and that is, how quickly I jump off my couch to switch on my computer and write my review. In the case of this story it was, oh about 0.2 seconds!!! Now I'm sat here I have all these thoughts scrambling for attention in my head and I don't know how to get them down quick enough. I will just start by saying this, I felt like I was wrapped in a warm hug from the start to the end of this book. I absolutely adored it! 

Pro Wrestling Tees!