Posted in Guest Reviews

GUEST POST by Emma Louise

So today, Emma is guest reviewing again on The Book Lovers.

She will be taking about her book, The Mistake and answering a few questions.

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41vysW3rtrL._AA160_The Mistake is about a love triangle between Daniel, Nina and Thomas. The narrative is shown on the present day of a wedding and then it continues onto the party. Every now and then, there are flashbacks to help the readers figure out what will happen next. The idea came about when I was in my second year at University during a Fiction class and we were given a five minute warm up to get our brains thinking. My lecturer says “write about flowers.” Instantly, I thought of a wedding and a beautiful bouquet of flowers but the person holding the bouquet has a dark secret. I decided to self-publish because I came impatient; I wanted people to know about my novel this year rather than hanging around waiting for an agent to agree to my terms and to find a book deal. I wouldn’t say that self publishing is difficult, but I wouldn’t say it’s easy either. Self-publishing gives you complete control and that’s what I want. The difficult part is the promoting because you ask for help, and some people are more than happy to help and others only care about themselves and their own novel. In my opinion, the best thing about writing is definitely the characters. I love creating the characters and getting to know them. It’s fantastic to be in complete control of the people who you’re writing about.

Q. Who is your favourite author?

A. I have three – is that cheating? So, the main one is JK Rowling. I was heavily bullied whilst at High School and it seemed that the one way I could keep myself happy was to read one of the Harry Potter novels. I fell in love with Daniel Radcliffe when he hit the big screen and I’ve been a diehard fan ever since. My other two favourite authors are Nicholas Sparks and Paige Toon. Nicholas Sparks is my favourite American author of all time – nobody will ever beat him to the top spot. He has a way of writing descriptively that is so beautiful and captivating. Each time I read one of his novels, I learn something new. He knows how to take a simple love story and make it beautiful and new. Paige Toon is my favourite romance author here in the UK. I’ve met Paige at a book signing and honestly, that woman is one of my idols. I have so much respect for her. Her books are beyond incredible. She’s a real inspiration to me and I felt a connection with her when I first picked up one of her books.

Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your blog?

A. Of course. My blog can be found at http://www.emmaiswriting.wordpress.com and it’s where I do interviews with authors, post book reviews which tend to be posted straight after I’ve read them and then there are updates of my writing. I also have Twitter @EmmaIsWriting if anyone has any questions

Q. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

A. In ten years, I’ll be 32. Wow. That’s old! I see myself working as an editor in a publication house. Hopefully in Manchester as it’s a beautiful city. I’m not worried about marriage or children, because for me, my books are my life and right now, I’m focusing on my career.

Q. Do you have a writing degree?

A. Yes, I have two. I have a Bachelor Honours in Creative Writing and Film Studies, and I also have a Masters in Creative Writing. Degrees will allow you to be taken serious in the publishing industry.

You can find Emma’s debut novel, The Mistake, on Amazon. Follow the link below: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mistake-What-happens-terribly-wrong/dp/1490412840/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374502388&sr=1-1&keywords=the+mistake+emma+louise+dagnall

Emma’s Links:

Twitter: @EmmaisWriting

Website: www.emmaiswriting.wordpress

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I HAVE A NEW CO-BLOGGER!!

Yes you are seeing right and I am so excited to present her to you because as you all know, I realllly need someone to help me out with my blog.

Her name is Laura and she has her own blog over at Blame It On The Rain Reviews   (Which is awesome by the way and you should totally check her blog out). We’ve been chatting for a few weeks now after she got in contact with me and seriously, she is wicked and I hope all you avid fan and followers will be nice to her because we have been throwing some pretty cool ideas around and I think together we can do awesome things with both our blogs 🙂Blame It On The Rain

Our first venture together we will be working on a join ‘conversational review’ for UNTIL I BREAK by M. Leighton. This will be a little different from the normal reviews you expect as the review will be in a conversation format, as we discuss what we thought of the book! I’m excited to do this as I LOVE discussing books, as you all know, but now I can actually post it as a review haha.

But yes, stay turned for more things from both of us, we just need to hash out the schedules and we are more than good to go!

Anyway before i babble on even more, Laura and myself sent questions to one another, so both our followers can get to know the other.

So now, I present Laura (On the left) and her answers to you!!

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1. Firstly, introduce yourself to my (and now our) lovely blog and twitter followers

Heeeyyyy lovelies! I’m Laura, I’m 20 years old, and a full time student studying Social Sciences ~ history, politics, criminology, sociology and psychology (I don’t think your stupid, but when I tell them that’s my course, 9/10 people ask what it is).

I live in Scotland, and no I have never met anyone even close to how I would imagine Braden Charmichael…unfortunately! Serious, however you imagine Sottish guys, turn it around and think the opposite!

  I have a serious addiction to American TV and could quite easily sit for days watching Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixie, or Supernatural box sets! *sigh* Dean ❤

 It’s not just the TV either, I have a serious fascination with America, and would love to visit New York, or somewhere in the South!

 Along with having a book, and American TV addiction, I am also obsessed with make-up and skincare and can guarantee, if I have money it’s being spent on that. I’ve been thinking of starting up a beauty blog for a while now, but think it would be pretty difficult to keep up with two…we’ll see!

2. What made you create Blame It on the Rain?

 Last summer I got in to the Fifty Shades series (like everyone else) which made me go looking for more books like it. I ended up getting obsessed with indie new adult/adult romance, I could not shut up about it, anyone who would listen would hear about the book I was reading! I think my mum was getting sick of me so she told me to create a blog to get all my thoughts out (rather than bore her with them), so one night I couldn’t sleep and it was raining (hence the blog name) and I kinda did it on a whim, and boredom…and sleep deprivation… 🙂

 I’ve always loved recommending books to others, and I was so excited that having a blog gives me the chance to do that!

3. Favourite book?

 This is such a difficult one! I really can’t choose just one, especially since I started my blog, I have read some amazing books that I might not have otherwise….It would have to be a toss up between Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (obviously), the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover, The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan (Evan *swoon*), or The Too Far Series by Abbi Glines (Rush Crush)…like I said, I really can’t choose, and ask me tomorrow, and I’m sure it will be different!

4. Favourite author?

 Although I haven’t read all her books, it would probably be Abbi Glines….maybe…right now at least. Her style of writing completely draws me in to a book so that before I know it, I’ve finished the book, and my whole day is gone because I’ve spent all day reading. I love angst, and female characters who don’t take crap or forgive easily, plus I love angst, and drama, and her books always provide!

5. Twitter or Facebook?

 Facebook as its easy to keep up with, (what are you waiting for Zoe… :-p) but I like that Twitter has a community kind of feel to it, and love the way friendships are made so easily on it!

6. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three book boyfriends would you bring along?

 Awww only 3! In my fantasies its more like an orgy…think me, Travis Maddox, Kellan Kyle, Jack Carter, Rush Finlay, Chase Grayson, and Andrew Parrish, and then your more on my wave length… 😉

7. If you could be a character in any book you’ve read, who would you be?

 I think I would be Cassie from The Perfect Game by J. Sterling. She is so smart, and witty always having a comeback, and most importantly she has Jack Carter, who I think is my ultimate book boyfriend, the bits in that book when he gives her quarters is adorable, quarters are the way to my heart! :-p

8. What would your book be called if you wrote one?

 This is actually the hardest question I have EVER been asked! I seriously have no idea! I would love to write a book, and I think there are always moment when you’re reading one and you think, I could write better than this…or maybe thats just me being big headed…anyway, I think if I was to I would probably name it after a song or something like that, it would all depend on what I wrote about.

9. Tell us a random fact about yourself

 Milk and hot drinks really gross me out. Milk has a funny smell and is so thick and blegh! I have to eat dry cereal, and drain my weetabix cos I hate it so much! As for hot drinks, I can’t understand why anyone would drink something thats not going to quench their thirst, why walk down the street on a hot day with a coffee when you could have something cold!

10. And lastly, what are you most looking forward to joining forces with The Book Lovers?

 I’m most looking forward to having someone to discuss books with, and throw ideas around with! I hope to become great friends Zoe, and we seem to have quite a bit in common already, a mutual love for A Walk to Remember for one, and I have no doubt that we will work great together! I am just so excited to get started as this is something completely different for both of us, and it will be interesting to see what ideas we come up with! 😀 We have been throwing some ideas around already, and I’m particularly looking forward to the conversational reviews that we will be doing, especially since, although we love the same genre, where she likes HEA, I like drama and cliffhangers, so the conversations could get interesting… 🙂

Here are Laura’s link so you can go and talk to her. She’s really nice 🙂

Blame It On The Rain Reviews – Facebook

Blame It On The Rain website

Blame It On The Rain Twitter

I hope you are all as excited as I am. You know how long I have been searching for a co-blogger and i know a few of you sent me emails telling me that you hoped i found someone who would love this blog like i do. And I have 🙂

So please welcome Laura to The Book Lovers 😀