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! 

Orlando Fringe: We don't play fight.

Guys, I'm an actor!!!

Well, OK, I don't think I will be winning any Oscars anytime soon but my goodness what an experience. Back in March my husband turned to me and told me about his friend who had written a play. I met, and got to wrestle with said friend, Jason, a few days later and thought he was pretty awesome. A few weeks later Chris turned to me and said, 'Jason was asking if you would be interested in being a part of his play?'

Book Review: Ella's Ice Cream Summer by Sue Watson.

Release Date: 11th May 2017
Publisher: Bookouture
Twitter: @bookouture @suewatsonwriter

Oh my goodness, where do I even begin?? This book had everything for me. I mean at first glance, why wouldn't I want to read a book about an Ice Cream summer, with such a gorgeous front cover? But then upon reading the first few pages and finding out the characters had links to Sorrento, Italy, I was literally in heaven, smiling from ear to ear. It couldn't have been more perfect!

Lift me up: Tiramisu!

Pick me up, lift me up, cheer me up, is what comes up when you research the meaning behind Tiramisu. Doesn't that make you smile? It made us smile. We think it's pretty perfect and beautifully symbolic of what a dessert can do and how baking can make you feel. Getting together in the kitchen to make this dessert, having Italian music playing in the background, with the smell of Marsala and freshly brewed Lavazza filling the air, it certainly had us feeling rather cheery.

The Unwritten Twin Code.

Two weeks ago Lucy's car broke down on the highway. In the midst of her being a little shook up and trying to speak to her husband, who was minutes away from boarding a plane to England, I stepped in to ring the insurance company and help. It occurred to me in that moment, while stood on the side of the highway, that even if I don't like doing something, i.e., ringing people on the phone, I will do it for her, because I would literally do anything for her... AND, well, it's kind of all part of the Unwritten Code of being a twin!

Book Review: From Wallflower to Countess by Janice Preston.

Release Date: 1st April 2015.
Publisher: Harlequin Historical.
Twitter: @JaniceGPreston

When Janice Preston ever so kindly sent me some of her previous books, that I had yet to read, I was over the moon. I couldn't wait to get to them on my TBR pile, because I had so thoroughly enjoyed the books of hers I had already read. So when it finally came time for me to pick up 'From Wallflower to Countess' I snuggled up in my bed, got nice and cozy and proceeded to read and read until way past my bedtime!!

We love MCR!

The event that happened on Monday was too close for comfort. Coming out of the cinema's and checking social media to see Manchester all over the headlines set our stomach in knots and our hearts beating fast. All we could think about was our family and our friends. Manchester is where we grew up, the Manchester Arena was the place we saw our first concert and first wrestling shows, the place we made our childhood dream come true. It made us sick to our stomachs thinking about our hometown going through such devastation.

Interview with Magician Jack Kempton.

One of our favourite things about blogging is connecting with people. We love that every day we meet new people from all around the world and from all walks of life. It's so awesome when people reach out to us to chat or to be a part of our blog, it honestly means the world to us. When Jack Kempton got in touch with us and told us he is a musician, as well as, a magician, we couldn't wait to start asking questions. Our blog is a place for positivity and encouraging others to dream big and Jack is doing just that. Chatting to him was simple lovely. His passion for what he does shines through and his energy is so uplifting and happy, that we couldn't help but feel inspired. We hope you enjoy today's interview.

Gnocchi fatti in casa!

Gnocchi originated in Italy and dates back to the Roman times. It is said that it was introduced into European countries by the Romans during the expansion of the Roman Empire. Each country however, put their own twist on this small dumpling like pasta. Potato Gnocchi, like the one we are sharing with you today, became more common in the 16th century, after potatoes had been introduced to Europe.

Back when we were kids, our favourite part of the Gnocchi making process was sticking our thumbs in the dough. We would watch Grandad knead, roll, divide, cut and prepare the small gnocchi squares for us with wide eyes. When he gave us the go ahead, we would gently press our thumb in each delicate piece, giving it that famous Gnocchi look.

A trip to Coconut Lane.

How cute are these sunglasses? A year and a half ago we remember getting an email from the lovely ladies at Coconut Lane, inviting us to join their Coconut Queens Team. We couldn't resist their small selection of funky socks and phone cases and were inspired by these two gorgeous women setting out on making their dreams come true.

Book Review: Four Bridesmaids and a White Wedding by Fiona Collins.

Release Date: 28th April 2017.
Publisher: HQ Digital.
Twitter: @FionaJaneBooks

Don't you just love having an author that you have followed from the beginning? One that you have read all of their books and so get to sit with giddy anticipation for their next one? Fiona Collins is one of those authors for me. I knew when I first read "A Year of Being Single" that I was going to have to keep up to date with her stories and I was right. Next came "Cloudy with a chance of Love" and now we have the wonderful book that is "Four Bridesmaids and a White Wedding." 

Author Interview with Lara Ward Cosio.

Recently I wrote a review about our current 'book of the month,' 'Hitting That Sweet Spot' and like I mentioned in that review, I simply haven't been able to stop squealing. Lara Ward Cosio's books captivate me. The depth of her characters, the beauty of their relationships and the stories that unravel between the pages have me hooked. After reading the third installment of her 'Rogue' series, the aforementioned 'Hitting That Sweet Spot', I knew I had to reach out to Lara and find out more, more about the awesome woman behind the books and more about the incredible characters within them. So, today I give you an interview with the wonderful Lara Ward Cosio.

Target Summer Haul!

Since moving to America some eight years ago now, Target has well and truly become one of our favourite places to shop. It is a magical yet dangerous place where budgets often get thrown out the window and your memory suddenly comes back to you when you purchase items you must have completely forgot you needed. Everyone needs bags of animal crackers, yoyo's and one more pencil case, right? Those dollar bins at the front of the store will get you, if you're not careful. But, alas, we love it so.

Book Review: Destination Chile by Katy Colins.

Release Date: 22nd September 2016.
Publisher: HQ Digital UK.
Twitter: @NotWedOrDead

I adore Katy Colins and her 'Lonely Hearts Travel Club' series, so I was super excited to dive back in to Georgia Greens world to see what she was up to. I also looked forward to leaving the confines of my apartment and travelling to a new country. Destination Thailand had me dreaming of sandy beaches, picturing my toes in the sea, and Destination India had me longing to experience the buzz and culture of such an interesting, vibrant place, so I couldn't wait to see what was in store for me in Destination Chile.

What to do when the Dementors attack.

Feeling anxious, agitated, angry, negative and insecure?? These are just some of the wonderful emotions us girls experience at least once every month. Of course, we are talking about the time of the month when we get our Period. Or as we like to call it, the time of the month when the Dementors attack, because really, there couldn't be a better analogy could there?

Pro Wrestling Tees!