Meet Me in Paris by Juliette Sobanet

 

Name: Meet Me in Paris
Author: Juliette Sobanet
Format: ebook
Pages: 396
Release date: 1st December 2015
Publisher: Saint Germain Press

Teaser

What does a romance novelist do when she loses her own happily ever after? Take a lover and travel to Paris, obviously. Or at least this is what Juliette Sobanet did upon making the bold, heart-wrenching decision to divorce the man she had loved since she was a teenager. This is the story of the passionate love affair that ensued during the most devastating year of Sobanet’s life and how her star-crossed romance in the City of Light led to her undoing. MEET ME IN PARIS is a raw, powerful take on divorce and the daring choices that followed such a monumental loss from the pen of a writer who’d always believed in happy endings…and who ultimately found the courage to write her own.

Spotlight: Lynda Young Spiro with There is Always More to Say




Today I have Lynda Spiro on Dreaming With Open Eyes talking to me about her debut release There is Always More to Say, which was released on 18th April.

A heartfelt novel about the connections that bring people together.

Soho 1984: Two people meet and their worlds are changed forever. An unexpected meeting - a look that means their lives will never be the same again.

In There Is Always More To Say Lynda Spiro chronicles the lives of the couple through friendships, marriage, fleeting moments and snatched time. It is a passionate account about a connection between two people that never dies even when tested by distance and when life throws the unexpected at their feet.

More information about this book: Amazon UK / Goodreads




Highlights of Summer 2016


I was so looking forward to my summer holiday this year. It was very busy at work the last few months so I was in need of a holiday. I was off three weeks and it was wonderful to have such a long break from work. My holiday started with a family visit. My mother’s cousin and his family visited us in our hometown. He lived in my hometown until the 70’s but moved away to a town which is 3 hours away from us. They have lost touch to each other for the last 15 years. In the beginning of 2016 they contacted each other again, thanks to Facebook! Everybody was happy and they planned a meeting for spring time. I was not able to meet them the first time because I was working but this time I was free to join them. At this time of the year there is a horticultural show in our town from April to October. Everything is about flowers, gardening, history, music, regional food and much more. There is an everyday program and lots of stuff happening in town. My mother and I have a season ticket so we can go as often as we like. We visited the show with our relatives and had a lot of exploring every inch of our hometown. It was lovely to get to know them and I hope we can see them again soon.

The second part of my holiday was all about motorsport. (That bit might only be interesting to Rebecca of The Brunettes Bookshelf :-D). My mother and I went with a group of friends (we were 8 in total) of us to Brno (Czech Republic) to see the best motorcycle riders of Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP racing. On Wednesday 17th August, we drove 7 hours to Zlobic√©, the village our hotel was. We stayed at a hotel which was about 60 km away from the racetrack. I was a lot of cheaper than it in Brno itself but unfortunately it was not the best idea. The hotel looked much better on the internet as it looked in real life. They had holiday apartment which were freshly renovated and others which were not. At least my mother and I got an apartment which was renovated but it was not very clean. Our friends were not that lucky; they have got an apartment which was not renovated. I wouldn’t have stayed there. It was horrible. It was even dirtier as our room, and a lot of more stuff which I don’t want to get into. This was the first and last time we stayed there.

Well, even though the accommodation was shit, we had loads of fun! On thursday we drove to Brno City Centre because there was held a Prevent on the Freedom Square. They were a program for 2 hours were you could see some drivers of all Moto classes, a stuntman and some mini bikers racing in a parkour. When the show was over we had a look around city which we thought was very lovely. From Friday to Sunday it was all about racing on the track. friday free practice, saturday qualifying and sunday race day. It was fantastic to see them racing. I wish I could go to more races during the seasin. The crowd was great too. I love how the cheer and totally get mad for their favorite driver. We were lucky with the weather most of the time. The sun was shining from thursday to saturday but on sunday it rained like hell. We were soaked after a short time.

In MotoGP it is almost impossible to meet any drivers without a paddock ticket. The paddock tickets are not affordable for “normal people” or you need “special contacts” to get those ticket. At Brno Circuit it is a bit different. To get to the paddock the drivers have to go through a part which is accessible for everyone so if you are lucky you are able to meet a few of them. During these days we were lucky to meet some drivers, take pictures with them, get autographs and actually talk to them. It was great! On Monday morning it was time to say goodbye. We will be back next year, already looking forward to it!

After 5 days of Czech Republic we got home, cleared out our suitcase and packed it new to go to Zandvoort (The Netherlands). The time in Czech Republic was brilliant but not really a holiday. You have to get up very early to go to the race track, walk a lot and feel totally exhausted when you get home. So the time in Zandvoort was much appreciated. Five days of summer, sun, beach and sea with relaxation and lots of time for reading. We rent a holiday apartment near the sea and only a few minutes’ walk to the train station. It was spacious, clean and had a lovely home decoration. I felt at right home there. Most of our time we spent by the beach, swimming and reading, going to dinner at any of the great restaurants by the sea. On our last day we went Amsterdam to have a stroll around the Jordaan Area, and the city center to see the Royal Palace. I fell in love with this city all over again. If you ever plan to visit Amsterdam: go for it! It’s worth it, you won’t be disappointed. Why have all good things come to an end? I was really sad when we had to leave on Monday morning to take our plane home. I enjoyed my holiday immensely and looking forward to my next travels.
What has also changed over the summer is that my blog has got a makeover. It was time for a change. I have set up the layout myself, with the header I've got a bit of help by Jen of MFD Design. Thank you so much! Let me know what do you think about the new design :-)

How was your summer holiday? Do you have nice things to share? I’d love to hear from you!

Blog Tour: Before You by Kathryn Freeman (+ giveaway)

 
 

Name: Before You
Author: Kathryn Freeman
Format: ebook
Pages: 346
Release date: June 21st 2016
Publisher: Choc Lit

Teaser

When life in the fast lane threatens to implode …

Melanie Hunt’s job working for the Delta racing team means she is constantly rubbing shoulders with Formula One superstars in glamorous locations like Monte Carlo. But she has already learned that keeping a professional distance is crucial if she doesn’t want to get hurt.

New Delta team driver Aiden Foster lives his life like he drives his cars – fast and hard. But, no matter how successful he is, it seems he always falls short of his championship-winning father’s legacy. If he could just stay focused, he could finally make that win.

Resolve begins to slip as Melanie and Aiden find themselves drawn to each other –with nowhere to hide as racing season begins. But when a troubled young boy goes missing, everything is thrown into turmoil, including Aiden’s championship dream.

My 26 Birthday Goals

 
 
This blog post as been inspired by Stories Unfolded

Two weeks ago I turned 26! 26, can you believe that! With that said, time just flies! In 4 years I am going to be 30, which sound terrifying to me. In this post it’s time to reflect and to look in the future. Setting goals is something I live by. I am a huge fan of lists, daily planning and organizing, especially with great looking template sheets (you can find lots of free printable templates on Pinterest). I love to tick the boxes when I have finished all my tasks for the day.

“Do something that brings you closer to your goals every day”

For a few years I am creating a list of goals I want to achieve. Some goals are permanent, ongoing or in progress. These are only an extract of my long list of goals but these are the most important for me at the moment. Now I’d like to share my 26 birthday goals with you.

Stand on my own

Get my driving license

I passed the theory test in May, at the moment I am learning how to drive. I should be done taking lessons September.

Buy a car (and pay off the debt)

The plan was when I got my driving license I would mostly use my mother’s car, although I wanted to lookout for a small car which I could afford myself. I found that car my now. It’s a Citroen C1, a special edition called Shine. I love it and I can’t wait to drive it myself!

Look for an apartment and move out

This is a goal which might not happen in the near future. It is also a financial aspect. Since I finished my apprenticeship I have to pay for a lot of things: several insurances, rent (I surely support my mother with paying our own rent), soon I’ll pay for my own car and so on.

Health

Go to the gym at least 2 times a week

Sometimes it’s quite difficult and I only go once a week although most of the time I manage to go to the gym twice a week. When I was younger I used to love to go swimming. I don’t feel comfortable to go to the swimming pool anymore, especially in the summer time. Therefore I haven’t gone swimming for many years. I thought about this for a while lately. I don’t want to take something from me what I enjoy. When our indoor swimming pool is opening in September again, I plan to go regularly.

Lose 55 pounds

55 pounds. I know that is a lot. I take little steps every day. I lost 22 pounds for now. This way is long and hard. I have up and down during this way but I never give up!

Take a month off sugar

Sugar is the body’s worst enemy. I reduced my sugar consumption a lot since I started losing weight. I feel a lot better although I’d like to know how I feel if I cut it completely.

Drink more water

Very often I am struggling to drink enough water during the day. I’d like to drink at least 3 l per day. I started to do some tricks in my daily life. I don’t drink out of the bottle anymore I fill my water in a glass so I drink more of it.

Detox Diet for 2 weeks

This is another idea which has been in my head for a while. I think I could combine this with “take a month of sugar” I have to look for more information about this topic. How do it, what to eat and not to eat and so on.

Blog Tour The Perfect Disaster Series Rerelease Author Interview





I'm so excited to bring you the ReLaunch and ReBrand of Aimee Horton's 'The Perfect Disaster Serires' Velvet Morning Press has recently ReLaunched these books with the fabulous covers below!
I LOVE these new covers!! I can't wait to read these!! (To find out more about each book, click on the covers)

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Perfect Mishap
A hilarious and honest British mom's madcap adventures in suburbia, from Amazon UK bestselling author Aimee Horton!
Dottie Harris has a knack for stumbling into chaotic situations, gin & tonic in hand. When Dottie and Henry Harris move to their new house, Dottie's only desire is to make friends in the neighbourhood. But Dottie, just home from delivering her third child, is struggling to adjust to village life. Recently promoted Henry travels a lot, and the neighbours aren't very welcoming (although that could be because when Dottie first met them, she had dyed her children green). So when Dottie accidentally hears her neighbours' conversations over her baby monitor, she can't help but use the sneaky information in her quest to build new friendships.
Of course, eavesdropping never ends well, and when Dottie discovers that two of her neighbours are having an affair, she's horrified. Worse still, the locals are convinced she's the one who's doing the cheating. It's up to Dottie to clear her name and uncover (and expose) the real cheat—in her signature haphazard way! A humorous blend between chick lit and cozy mystery, this funny novel will have you laughing along with gin-drinking amateur sleuth Dottie! Previously published as Mothers Ruined


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Perfect Mayhem
Bridget Jones's Diary meets The Nanny Diaries in this Amazon UK Best Seller! The only thing Dottie Harris loves more than her gin & tonic is her family. Most of the time. From her hapless-but-well-meaning husband to her two energetic bundles of joy, Dottie certainly has her hands full. And she's tired. So tired.With quips like "How do sleeping babies know the minute you sit down?" this modern-day diary will have you laughing—when you're not crying with empathy, that is! Dottie tells it like it is: the good, the bad, and the eternal piles of dirty laundry. If you're looking for chick lit packed with parenting humor, or simply want to know you're not the only one having trouble parenting newborns and toddlers, this book about the ups and downs of parenthood is for you! It's a motherhood manifesto, social media style! Previously published as Survival of the Ginnest.

Discuss: Do you like to read and review new and fresh titles or a good oldie?

 
 
Do you prefer to read and review fresh and new or do you try and blend in the older titles?

I have thought about this topic since I decided to go back to book blogging. Before I decided to go on a break I found I am getting burned out on trying to keep up on reviewing the newest titles. So often, I was glued to a strict schedule centered on release dates that I have to push titles I want to read aside. Many times I have shelved books that are top rated because of commitments. I have decided that it is time I start mixing in the new with the old on my blog. I need to read some of these books that have been waiting in my To Be Read Pile for ages.

I don’t know how you feel about this but I get a little tired of reading reviews for the same book. It gets to the point where I see so many reviews on a new title that I lose a bit of interest. I understand that your blog gets a lot of attention / promotion if you read and review new titles or books which are not published yet. When a book is great it doesn’t matter if it’s newly published, a few months or a few years old, it deserved to be reviewed. Besides, we all don't want to keep reading reviews on just a few new releases, right? There are other bloggers who have decided to catch up on their To Be Read piles, and I have enjoyed reading their reviews for older titles.

The Aubrey Rules by Aven Ellis

Name: The Aubrey Rules
Author: Aven Ellis
Format: ebook
Pages: 261
Release date: August 26th 2015
Publisher: Soulmate Publishing

Teaser

Some of the Aubrey Rules to Live By:

*If I’m going to indulge in French fries, I must add extra time to the treadmill the next day.
*Always keep your work and private life separate.
*Being open to new experiences will never involve eating kale.
*Never, ever date a professional athlete.

For Chicago social media professional Aubrey Paige, the rules are everything. So much so that Aubrey has painstakingly written her rules for living into a polka-dot Kate Spade notebook that she carries with her at all times. It’s her personal guidebook to living her life. These rules are the Holy Grail—ones never to be broken. They guide her actions for everything, from dealing with workplace drama to finding a great guy to date. After all, these are her own rules, built from her life experiences and observations. So they have to be perfect, right?

Or are they?

Spotlight: Kathryn Freeman with Before You

Today I have the fantastic Kathryn Freeman on Dreaming With Open Eyes talking to me about her latest release Before You, which was released on 21st June.

When life in the fast lane threatens to implode …

Melanie Hunt’s job working for the Delta racing team means she is constantly rubbing shoulders with Formula One superstars in glamorous locations like Monte Carlo. But she has already learned that keeping a professional distance is crucial if she doesn’t want to get hurt.

New Delta team driver Aiden Foster lives his life like he drives his cars – fast and hard. But, no matter how successful he is, it seems he always falls short of his championship-winning father’s legacy. If he could just stay focused, he could finally make that win.

Resolve begins to slip as Melanie and Aiden find themselves drawn to each other –with nowhere to hide as racing season begins. But when a troubled young boy goes missing, everything is thrown into turmoil, including Aiden’s championship dream.


More information about this book: Amazon UK / Goodreads

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