#ChickLitMay The End!

This is just the quickest post ever to say thanks so much for sticking with me through #chicklitmay! I didn’t get everything done I wanted to, but a lot of reading was done and in fact I have two more reviews to come in the next few days, The Last Laugh by Tracie Bloom, which I’m devouring at the mo, and The Mum Who’d had enough by my now favourite author Fiona Gibson (spoiler, it’s a five star). I’ve also plans to get to all the books I got when stacking the shelves the other week.

#chicklitmay was great as it got me fully back into jumping for romantic comedies and chick lit, and appreciating laughing out loud and bright colours and Summery series, which I had totally strayed away from. It was detrimental that I had done this as obviously I write chick lit and it would only take a short amount of time before this side of my writer’s brain would be switched off (I honestly believe reading the genre that you write is essential). I never say never but I don’t know that I’d ever write thrillers, I adore them now, but I think some people have amazing wiring that allows them to think up plot twists that are actually viable, and characters that are believable and that have dimensions to them and make us believe it all. I have seen thrillers where it didn’t work and I’d hate to contribute. Add also of course that I feel the need to make something inappropriate happen at every stage of writing, someone falls, hits into someone, vomits (sorry, but has happened in the first two books and in the book I’m writing at the mo, she is very drunk and I really can’t say she’s not going to get sick into someone’s bag, it just seems inevitable:() etc, so no, this is my genre and I’m thrilled that I’m excited about being back to it. Saying that of course an absense of something makes your heart long for it and I’m going to be reading One Click by Andrea Mara and No Safe Place by Patricia Gibney next.

I am sorry, I had expected #chicklitmay to be something more mesmerizing than it turned out to be, and I know I in no way stand up to the bloggers that push themselves all in to a month or a theme (I bow to them actually, especially when I think of for example Jen Med and her Bookouture time), and there’s no way I converted anyone, but I hope you got some form of enjoyment anyhoo:)

 

Q&A Anne John-Ligali, author of The Friendships Online short story Series #ChickLitMay

 

Purchase The Big Event from  Amazon UK

Purchase The Weekend Spa Break from Amazon UK

Today I’m thrilled to have the lovely Anne John-Ligali, author of The Friendships Online short story Series (see review of The Big Event here and The Weekend Spa Break here)

First off congrats on a really enjoyable series, perfect for chilling out and unwinding!

Can you tell us a little bit about the series?

My short story series is about friendships, human behaviour, social media, and how social media plays a big part in our daily lives whether you are into it or not. I thought about how I was going to present this idea so I pinched a little bit from my own life and created a group of friends. These bunch of friends have known each other virtually for a good number of years. Then for one night they finally get to meet up in the real world at this huge glamorous Christmas party called The Big Event at The Dorchester Hotel.

You’ve a nice range of characters there, can I ask which came first, the characters or their actions?

Definitely their actions came first. I enjoyed having each character act out their flaw, or quirk, and to have these flaws contradict what Constance had read about them online. I thought hard about what I wanted each character to say or to represent, which is why their flaws differ. Karmel fails to embrace growing old, Jagger boasts about how great he is at dancing, Henry wants to appear that he’s over his drinking problem, Stan constantly seeks validation in any way possible and overshares on line, Constance is far too assuming and Estelle is trying to cope with a child that has additional needs.

Have you always wanted to write chick lit?

There was a time I used to write songs. I come from a musical background and began playing piano by ear at the age of five. When I got older, I played on and off and took up songwriting. I seriously thought I was going to nail it with my music back then, but later realised it’s a near-impossible industry to crack even as a songwriter. I had put fiction on the back burner to focus on music and invested a lot of time and money. But after a good seven or eight years later, with a tons of demos on CD’s gathering dust, I decided to shift my goal posts and began writing stories. When I first started writing stories I was a bit of a butterfly, I would try everything, even poetry, although I wasn’t good at it. But my love for chick lit came much later after reading one of Sophie Kinsella’s books that had me laughing all the way to the end. I realised it was a lovely genre and I kept on reading and discovered new authors along. Eventually I found myself wanting to write it too.

I’m so interested in your mix of future projects in your bio, can you tell us about them?

Yes, I have a full-length novel that I have been working on and off. Got the idea in 2014 and have had small parts of it workshopped in writing groups. There’s still a

bit to go but it’s more than half way there. Also, my seven year old daughter loves reading and writing. We’ve done lots of brainstorming on projects and she’s come up with lovely titles and ideas for children’s stories. Whenever she gets an idea, I quickly get out my Dictaphone and leave it to run. (for ages) lol.

That’s brilliant! By the way I’ve been over to Books and Authors UK and adore the mix of books you review there, can you tell us a little bit about it?

Like most bloggers it started with my love for books and wanting to share what I had read with readers. I started my blog in 2013 and back then it has always been a platform to support a good mix of indie and traditional authors. When I started blogging, I noticed most blogs back then only supported traditionally published authors. So I thought by adding this edge to my blog (which was definitely an edge back then) would make it different from the others. But now, with the rise of indie authors, you’d find most bloggers are keen to support self-published books, which is a great thing. There are so many good indie books out there. The mix of books on my blog range from children’s to non-fiction, true crime, time slips and urban thrillers. And of course, romantic comedy.

Lastly, If you had to pick three favourite books what would you pick (they don’t have to be chick lit by the way!!!)?

I would love to pick The Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson for its drama, twists, turns and compelling characters. The Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey; I adore time slip and reading about Paris during the Belle Epoque era was not only stunning, but her writing took to there. My third book would be The Other Us by Fiona Harper, another time slip but with a modern twist. A very cleverly written book that answers that universal question, ‘what if?’ (Ooh, I wish I could pick a fourth.)

Definitely going to go look out ‘The Other Us,’ sounds brilliant! Thanks so much for coming over, Anne, I look forward to reading more from you in the future 🙂

Thank you so much Bernadette for having me, and for supporting me on blog tours. Much appreciated!

(Beyond a pleasure, Anne!)

About the author

thumbnail_Meet Anne

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Author blog: http://annejohnligali.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksnauthorsuk/

Author Twitter

Author FB

Books and Authors UK: www.booksandauthors.co.uk

Books and Authors UK Twitter

Books and Authors UK Facebook

The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali (Part 2 of The Friendships Online Series) #BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway #shortstory

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What they say:

 

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

Purchase from Amazon UK

 

First off, how about a trailer to get you in the mood

The Review: You’ll remember I enjoyed The Big Event by the lovely Anne John Ligali (ironically to the theme of social media in her stories, I’ve briefly ‘spoken’ to her on this forum and she’s lovely AND a chick lit champion so big thumbs up from here!) which made me rush to get to the next installment, this, The Weekend Spa Break, where Constance is availing of the spa voucher presented to her by Estelle in installment number 1. I was happy to see that Estelle was going with her so we’d get to knowanother character a bit though, and also happy to meet some of the rest of the gang again, although we mainly met them through regular social media posts. I will admit that I have had to accept that Constance is not totally my type of person, and on a lesser note I found Estelle a little closed minded to others, which was fine, she was going through a lot but that’s me over analysing as usual, they’re still nice people and it didn’t effect my enjoyment of the story. Again I loved the writing and bookish aspect to it, with talks of covers and beta readers making me smile.

This was as easy to fly through as ‘The Big Event’ and I enjoyed it even more. I loved the tranquil, gorgeous setting of the spa and enjoyed the lighter moments, which led to some  great drama later on  as we got a reveal as to the secrets in the book-why Estelle was acting so shifty and then an explosion as we found out the truth of what had happened with Constance and her fiance, Maxwell. I found myself thinking of shorts in general and the fact that back in the day a magazine would have been my read of choice for example to pick up in the train or to flick through in the evening, and it makes me happy that I’ve discovered shorts instead, where a book can make you smile and leave a nice story in your head after an hour and a half or so of enjoyable lightness, which is what this is.

Rating: 4/5

About the author

thumbnail_Meet Anne

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Author blog: http://annejohnligali.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksnauthorsuk/

Author Twitter

Author FB

Books and Authors UK: www.booksandauthors.co.uk

Books and Authors UK Twitter

Books and Authors UK Facebook

As always thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of this great blog tour:)

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!!

And now for something very special! (I adore Sanctuary stuff, and heart Anne’s work, so honestly I’d get onto this if I were you!!!)

A message from the author:

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To mark the release of part two in the friendships series, I’m giving away a Sanctuary Spa gift set and a signed printed and binded copy of The Weekend Spa Break to one lucky winner. At present, there are no physical copies of The Weekend Spa Break available, so this is a treat. To enter you only have to do is visit my Twitter page here and retweet the pinned tweet showing this GIVEAWAY.

A winner will be chosen at random by Tweet Draw and announced on Saturday the 19th of May at 20:00hrs.

Competition is open worldwide.

Good luck!

Now since I’m on the first day of this tour and there are so many brilliant blogs taking part how about you head off and follow the rest of the blog tour?

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#CoverReveal The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John Ligali

Another day, another cover reveal (jumps about excitedly!) You’ll remember I read ‘The Big Event’ last year which is the first of the sparkly  ‘Friendships Online’ series  (see review here ) and was excited to read the next in the series. Well today I’m lucky enough to be revealing its beautiful cover!

The Weekend Spa Break Cover Reveal

 

You ready? No, hold on, how about the blurb first …

Friendships Online Series

Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

And you can pre-order it here!! Amazon UK

So here we go …

The Weekend Spa Break Cover

Isn’t that just gorgeous?

 

About the author:

thumbnail_Meet Anne

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs

in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Author blog: http://annejohnligali.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksnauthorsuk/

Author Twitter

Author FB

Books and Authors UK: www.booksandauthors.co.uk

Books and Authors UK Twitter

Books and Authors UK Facebook

As always thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of this great cover reveal and I really can’t wait to take part in the blog tour! Happy Monday everyone:)