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Lost book tour: Sign-up

UPDATE 31.01.15: The slots are all full now for the tour, so I've removed the form - thank you to everyone who signed up! I really appreciate all your support. x

Happy Friday everyone: I hope you're having a gorgeous day, and that you are all set for the weekend! Today I'm launching the sign-up for Lost's book tour, and I'd love for all you lovely book bloggers to help me launch my third novel. It's the sequel to Kept, but don't worry if you still need to read Kept as I can send you an e-copy of that, too. More details, and the sign-up form, can be found below. x

2015 London bucket list

I've been thinking about my year ahead, in a non-resolutions way, and have come up with a 2015 London bucket list. This bucket list is about fun or tasty adventures in London that Olly and I keep meaning to do, but haven't got round to:
  1. Take a canal trip to Little Venice
  2. Ride across the Thames on the cable car
  3. Climb to the top of the Monument
  4. Cycle around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  5. Wander around Richmond Park
  6. Visit a London farm
  7. Explore Kenwood House
  8. Ice skate at Somerset House
  9. Find some hidden treasures at Portobello Market
  10. Discover a new spot to see London from up high
  11. Eat at Maltby Street Market
  12. Eat at Duck and Waffle
  13. Eat at Dishoom
  14. Eat Vietnamese food on Kingsland Road
  15. Have brunch at The Ginger Pig Café
Is there anything you want to tick off in 2015? x

Latest Loves: January 2015

I'm a big fan of Wahaca - yes please to pork pibil tacos and their breakfasts - and I've had my eye on the Wahaca Mexican food at home cookbook for a while. I picked it up earlier this week for £4.99 from TK Maxx in Covent Garden, an utter bargain, and I can't wait to get cooking more Mexican food!

The Hollow Crown by Dan Jones is a fabulous non-fiction book that tells us about the War of the Roses and the rise of the Tudors. For me I found this especially fascinating as a lot of the important and deciding battles and executions of this time not only took place in my home county of Yorkshire, but actually in and near my home town. I have no idea why we were never taught about this in school giving that we were right on the doorstep of everything, but Dan Jones is a fine teacher of history and I'll be reading his other books to see if I can learn more of my old local history.

Netflix now has all five series of Pretty Little Liars, and I'm finally able to catch up with the trials of Spencer, Aria, Hannah and Emily as they try and figure out, and stop, the mysterious and deadly "A". OK, Pretty Little Liars can be a bit silly - I would not look so glamorous and perfect like they do if I had a psychotic unknown killer, or two, hell-bent on destroying my life - but it is highly entertaining, and I also love the books by Sara Shepard that the TV show is loosely based upon. It's my guilty pleasure at the moment!

Did you see the garlic dough balls I made from scratch at the weekend? I'm a massive fan of Jamie's latest Comfort Food cookbook, which we got for Christmas, and this recipe is from there. (He calls it tear 'n' share garlic bread, but why would you share something that delicious?!) There are so many *other* brilliant and tasty recipes in there. We've already made several of them already, and it's fast becoming our favourite cookbook.

What are your latest loves? x

Books: 2015 classics challenge

I spotted on Pretty Books a 2015 classics challenge and decided that I'm going to do this challenge, as well as completing my Goodreads challenge.

http://theprettybooks.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/2015-classics-challenge/
The task is to simply read one classic book per month in 2015.
Sounds doable, right?

If you want to take part, sign up here, and if you need some help in choosing your first classic book to read this January, there's a list on Goodreads to help get you started.

Now, which classic book shall I read this month?

Find out what I pick each month here. x

2014 review and 2015 resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely New Year's Eve, and I wish you all the best for 2015. What did you do to bring in the New Year?

I'm not going to dwell too much on resolutions because my 2015 ones are the same as 2014's: Keep on writing, stay healthy, and stay happy. (I never did manage to stop buying books and clear my TBR pile; it's about the same number as it was this time last year!)

Now, for the important bit: In 2015 you can expect not just the sequel to Kept, but also a third book... Kept is part of a trilogy: Kept. Lost. Found. What do you think to that?! I'm sorry I never released a book in 2014, but hopefully these two will make up for it this year!

So how did my 2014 pan out, other than me not publishing a book? Well, I had two awesome holidays: Olly and I went on a birthday city break to Barcelona, then we had an Italian Adventure in Florence, Rome and Sicily. We went to his sister's beautiful wedding in February at Hever Castle, and officially welcomed Compost Cat to our little family in April.

We visited the Royal Albert Hall twice - first to see Cirque du Soleil, and then later in the year to see Jools Holland. At the theatre I saw: Let the Right One In, Matilda, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Wind in the Willows - I absolutely loved Matilda and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - plus we attended the opening night of Monty Python Live (Mostly) and we went Back to the Future with Secret Cinema.

I gave beauty boxes and food boxes a go, and ate a beautiful meal at Tom Kerridge's marvellous The Hand and Flowers. (A-mazing; we're going again this year!) As always I did plenty of touristy things close to home: I visited Buckingham Palace, hung out in the ICEBAR, took tours of White Hart Lane and Shakespeare's Globe, queued a lot at LEGOLAND, plus saw London from up high.

TV-wise we zoomed through The Sopranos, Orange is the New Black, True Detective and Nurse Jackie, plus watched the latest seasons of 24, Game of Thrones and (half of) Homeland. Book-wise, I read 212 books... Oh, and my book went to #1 in the Amazon.com best sellers chart. I still can't believe that happened! (Getting to #1, not reading all those books, that is!) Here's hoping I have further chart success this year!

Of course there were lows in 2014 for me - nobody is free of bumpy points, no matter how glossy their social media profiles shine - but, all-in-all, 2014 was a great year. Here's to making 2015 an even better year though! As well as publishing my next two books this year, we have a house move, a big birthday to celebrate (I'm leaving my twenties behind - eek!), plus lots of laughter, love and unknown adventures ahead!

How was your 2014? What are you looking forward to this year, and have you made any resolutions? I hope you all have a wonderful year. x

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