Saturday, 10 June 2017

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway - The Summer House by Jenny Hale

Today I'm delighted to be taking part on the blog tour for Jenny Hale's Summer release! Not only am I here with a review but you also have the chance to win a copy of Jenny's latest page turner thanks to her publishers Bookouture! 

The bit on the back...
Some summers will stay with you forever...

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets... secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?

There are some book releases from several authors that I look forward to every year. Jenny Hale is one of them. It's one of those scenarios where I hope I'm lucky enough to receive an advanced copy so I don't need to wait just quite as long, but know I'm going to pre-order my own copy anyway! Jenny's latest Summer novel is here and takes us straight back to the Outer Banks.

The Summer House is all about Callie and Luke. Callie is finally beginning to realise her dream of owning a B&B with her best friend Olivia. The story starts with the early stages of renovation and follows Callie through her summer with a few more bumps in the road than she predicted. Luke is the local celebrity and heartthrob. At first Callie tries to keep him at arms length all while Luke continues to woo her proving there is more to him than the gossip columns say. He proves himself throughout the story and is up there with the best of Jenny's book boyfriends.

While the main story throughout is the love story between Callie and Luke there is a little something else bubbling away in the background built into the history of Callie and Olivia's house. I enjoyed the parallel storylines and how parts of each complimented the other. I always find Jenny's books to be unputdownable but for the first time here I was gripped with tense excitement and suspense to see how the story was going to unfold. The storyline simmers along gently before coming to a full blown boil in the last half of the story! Jenny has more than demonstrated the strength of her writing and story development here and each of her characters come into their own light, rounding them out before the end of the story.

As usual Jenny has hit it out of the park in terms of describing the setting for her book. After I read this novel I headed straight to Google to search for images of the Outer Banks so I could carry on imagining myself there. I would LOVE to visit and that inspiration has come from reading Jenny's books. I feel like you can completely immerse yourself in the story, imagine yourself walking along the same streets, same shop fronts, same beaches with the characters and it's one of my favourite things about Jenny's books.

If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks novels I'm quite sure you will enjoy Jenny's.

So what are you waiting for?! Have a bash in the giveaway!

Head over to Jenny's website to find out more about her and her novels!

Thank you again to Bookouture for having me on this blog tour - make sure to check out the other stops!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Giveaway! The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox

If you're a regular visitor to the blog you will have noticed how quiet it's been around here for the last few months! *tumbleweed*

On Saturday I kicked off the official relaunch of Erin's Choice with a blog tour and throughout the next month I'll be hosting more blog tours, giveaways and reviewing some new and previous releases.

The first giveaway is a copy of The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox. I loved this book and you can read my review here. The giveaway is open internationally and is not endorsed by anyone but me!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Blog Tour: Author Ben Ludwig shares his advice for Aspiring Authors

June is the anniversary month of my blog and since I've been quiet for a while I decided to a re-launch this month. What better way to kick that off than with a blog tour and a guest post for aspiring authors!

I'd like to welcome Ben Ludwig to Erin's Choice! Ben's debut novel Ginny Moon is available to buy now.

The bit on the back...

The story of a lost girl searching for her forever home.

Everyone tells Ginny that she should feel happy….

After years in foster care, fourteen year old Ginny is finally with parents who will love her. Yet despite finding her forever family, she knows she will never stop crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape.

Because something heart-breaking happened a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right…

And now over to Ben for his advice for Aspiring Authors

I’m not usually one to give a lot of advice, because I don’t think everyone necessarily benefits from the same approach.  That said, if someone were to ask me what advice I would give to an inspiring writer who was extremely similar to myself, I’d say…

1. A lot of people will tell you to read widely, and that reading will make you a better writer.  While that’s not a bad idea, writing – and improving your writing – demands an immense amount of time, so much so that I don’t have a lot of time to read.  I think writers need to trust that their own voices more, and not worry about reading as much.

2. Writing fiction is very much like telling your friend about “that interesting thing that happened the other day.” It’s informal and fast, and if what you’re writing doesn’t make people lean forward and say, “And then what happened?”” then you’re probably not doing it right. 

3. Writing should start as a habit, but should become an obsession.  It takes a lot of time and effort to dig down deep into the heart of a story, to discover what it’s truly about.  You can’t do that by writing once in a while, or by writing in a relaxed, casual way.  The book I’m working on must always be a mystery, a thing that demands to be solved.  It has to demand more from me than discipline and effort.  It has to dominate my life in such a way that I’m always thinking about it, cutting corners to find time to work on it. 

4. A lot of success in writing has to do with luck, and so it might seem sort of random.  Something helpful I’ve learned is that although I can’t control how good things come to me, I can control how many times I give it a go.  I think of it like the Wheel of Fortune.  I can’t control where the wheel stops, but I can control how many times I spin it.  So keep on spinning! 

5. It surprised me to learn that writing is very much about relationships.  A relationship forms between you and the book, and when you send it off to an agent, between the agent and the book.  But relationships are difficult things.  What one agent loves, another might like.  Just as you might become best friends with one person and not another, one particular agent might love your book, while others can’t begin to fathom why you wrote it.  The good news (to me, anyway) was that you only need one agent to fall in love with your book.  So cast a wide net, when it’s time to seek an agent, and don’t be so upset when you’re turned down by one. How many people might you date before you find The One?  Would you be willing to spend a life time in your search?  Of course you would. The same ought to go for your book. Write the best book you can, and then search endlessly until you find someone to represent or publish it.