Friday, 30 October 2015

Real-life Meet Cutes - Laura from Blabbering about Books blog

Laura from popular book blog Blabbering about Books shares the moment she met her partner...

There’s a slight stigma that comes with meeting someone online and before I met my partner over the internet I would have held some sort of prejudice towards online relationships. I joined a dating website on a complete whim after an author friend wanted some really funny online dating stories to include in her next novel. I decided to join the dating website, sure that it would just be an exercise in demonstrating how silly online relationships really were. But, what I didn’t expect was to find someone who I very quickly fell for.
From the first message I sent him, I felt like I’d known Mike forever. It felt so natural and normal to be talking to him and despite the fact I’d never met him and knew very little about him, I still was keen to meet him. The first time we met (he was late by about half an hour!!!) was the best ‘first date’ I’ve ever had. I didn’t feel any nerves when he picked me up and instead felt like I was with a friend I’d known forever. I loved getting to know him over the next few weeks and the nicest memory I have of our first few dates is when we sat in a pub garden after a country walk and the owner of the pub came outside and said ‘did you know you’ve been holding hands for over an hour?!’

Over a year later we’re still dating and we’ve been through so many things together and I honestly cannot picture my life without him in it. Despite the fact we sometimes drive each other mad, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so lucky to have found him and I’m so thankful to online dating for bringing Mike into my life! 
Many thanks to Laura for sharing the story of her and Mike's meetcute.  I highly recommend her fantastic book blog.  You can find out more about Laura by following her on twitter, @blabberingbooks.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Publication Day for The Boy in the Bookshop!

I can't quite believe the day's arrived, but The Boy in the Bookshop started landing on ereaders all over the world at midnight!  It's a very strange feeling to think people are reading Jade and Marwan's story, a story which I never dared to dream would be published.

Thank you so, so much to everyone who's bought a copy, tweeted about it, messaged me about it and been so incredibly supportive.  Readers and writers really are wonderful people, and that's why there are so many of them singled out in the acknowledgements (and there could have been many more, but as these stories were written eighteen months ago I deliberately named those who'd been generous with advice from the very start)!

But this one is dedicated to David and Zachary, my favourite boys.  I hope I've made them proud.

Have you read The Boy in the Bookshop?  If so, I'd be incredibly grateful if you'd leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.  I'd love to know what you thought.

Plus, as a little thank you for all your support I'm running a rafflecopter giveaway to win this tote bag filled with goodies perfect for any book lover!  Best of luck!

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Real-life Meet Cutes - my story!

To celebrate the release later this week of The Boy in the Bookshop, the first story in the Meet Cute series, I'm sharing the moment I met my husband...

Way back in October 1997 (which I've just realised is literally half my life ago -gulp) I was at college studying for my A levels.  The college was around twenty miles from my home, so I'd leave early in the morning and not go back until teatime. I had a good group of friends but their free periods didn't match up with mine and as a result I spent a lot of time in the library, both studying and 'surfing the net'. 

The internet was still a real novelty back then and I'd go online to find out football news, particularly about Sheffield United.  It was on a now defunct forum on the official club site that I started talking to 'Deadbat' - the username for the man who is now my husband, David.  We started off talking in the open threads then progressed to sending emails and snail mail post to each other, although at this point we were nothing more than friends.

It was a mild day in February 1998 when we first met in person.  He showed me around Leicester, where he was at university, when I had an interview at De Montfort and was so thoughtful - paying for taxis and buying me a pint of cider in the student union. 

The first picture of us together!

By September of that year I'd started a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at Sheffield Hallam University (De Montfort hadn't wanted me) and as Sheffield was David's hometown we met before he went back to Leicester and on the weekends when he came back to watch the football and see his family.

We officially became a couple in November 1998, getting engaged on New Years Day 1999, married just before Christmas 2005 and welcoming our gorgeous son Zachary into the world two years later.

Summer 2015

Our Meet Cute is my favourite!

'Real- life Meet Cutes' will continue over the coming weeks with guest posts from authors and book bloggers!

How Am I Gonna Be An Optimist About This? (Or Why 'Boyband Indie' is NOT destroying Guitar Music)

This blog post is a response to Mark Beaumont's NME article entitled ' Mark, My Words : want to save guitar music? Kick out boyband...