Cover reveal: Make A Christmas Wish by Julia Williams

27 Sep

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Julia Williams next novel, Make A Christmas Wish. Julia’s novels are always a lovely treat and her Christmas novels are fabulous so I’m really looking forward to reading this one, Isn’t this cover just GORGEOUS?

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Last Christmas, when Livvy was knocked down in the supermarket car park, she certainly wasn’t ready to actually be dead! For months now she’s floated on the edge of the afterlife, generally making a nuisance of herself.

And she’s not ready to go just yet! She’s furious about the new woman in her husband’s life and she’s worried about her beloved son who doesn’t seem to be adjusting to life without her at all.

This Christmas, Livvy is given one last magical chance to make everything right. Will she take it and give her family the perfect Christmas?

Make A Christmas Wish will be released by Avon in ebook formats on 1st October and in paperback on 5th November.


Giveaway winners: A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

24 Sep



The winners are …

Leigh Newton and Lisa Rowsell

Congratulations! I have sent you both an email. Thanks to everyone who entered. Look out for more giveaways very soon!

Book review: A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

22 Sep

a-parcel-for-anna-browne-978144727605001Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn’t exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more . . .

When a parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift – one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible deliveries, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the woman she was destined to be. As Anna grows in confidence, others begin to notice her – and her life starts to change.

But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why?

If you’ve read my earlier posts today you’ll know already that I think A Parcel for Anna Browne is a really special book but now I want to tell you exactly why I enjoyed reading it so much. I’ve always been a fan of magical books and I love the idea that we can find magic every day if we know where to look for it and that’s the exact sentiment that Miranda Dickinson has captured perfectly in her latest novel.

Anna Browne works as a receptionist for a national tabloid newspaper in London. By all accounts her life is unremarkable but that’s the way she likes it. Anna takes comfort in the anonymity of the big city; she likes her little flat, her small group of friends and the routine of her job. The Anna that we meet as the novel opens is very much in her comfort zone and happy to be there. Then one day she receives a mystery parcel that makes her feel unequivocally special and that’s when the magic begins.

I loved how the beautiful and thoughtful gifts that Anna received made her think about herself in a different light and in turn influenced her to be more confident and do things that she wouldn’t have thought herself capable and it was wonderful to see how she changed as a character as the story played out whilst remaining true to herself.

One of the things that I liked most about Anna is that she is a nice person and that Miranda celebrated that; in a world where being friendly and ‘nice’, especially in the workplace is often met with cynicism or even seen as a negative quality, it was lovely to read a book where the lead character was allowed to believe that the world can be a magical place and there doesn’t have to be a sinister ulterior motive to everything!

There’s cynicism and suspicion aplenty though from Anna’s colleagues at the paper. Miranda has created a varied and believable supporting cast with some great characters each with their own views and theories on the mystery parcels and who the sender might be. I particularly liked conspiracy theorist and head of security Ted; Anna’s elderly neighbour Isadora and friend Jonah (got to love a Yorkshireman!). Chief reporter Ben will certainly set hearts aflutter and I enjoyed trying to guess where the romance thread of the book would go as Anna has a number of potential suitors as the story progresses.

Although this is a substantial read at 500 pages, I thought the story flew by and like Anna, I couldn’t wait to see what would be in the next parcel and to find out who was behind them. Miranda throws in some clever twists and even a little visit to beautiful Cornwall as the suspense builds and although I was eager to find out who was behind Anna’s surprises, I didn’t want the story to end!

A Parcel for Anna Browne is the complete package; a treat of a read sprinkled with romance, magic and mystery and just perfect for cosying up with this Autumn.


I’d like to thank the publisher for providing a review copy of this book.

Find out more about Miranda and her writing at:



Giveaway! Two signed first editions of A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson to be won!

22 Sep

Earlier today I wrote about the amazing day that I had seeing A Parcel for Anna Browne being printed. I’m very excited to have two signed first editions of the book  – hot off the printing press to give away to lucky readers!



Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn’t exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more . . .

When a parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift – one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible deliveries, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the woman she was destined to be. As Anna grows in confidence, others begin to notice her – and her life starts to change.

But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why?

To enter this giveaway just leave a comment in the box below telling me what you’d put in A Parcel for Anna Browne and I’ll draw two winners using after the closing date.

This giveaway is open to UK residents only and will close at midnight on Wednesday 23rd September with the winners announced on publication day – Thursday 24th September so get your entries in quickly!

Good luck!

Blog tour: A Parcel For Anna Browne – When Amanda Met Miranda!

22 Sep

a-parcel-for-anna-browne-978144727605001I’m declaring today Anna Browne Day here on One More Page in celebration of Miranda Dickinson’s wonderful new book A Parcel for Anna Browne which is released on Thursday (24th September). Later today I’ll be giving you the chance to win an exclusive signed first edition of the book and I’ll be posting my review but first I wanted to share with you a very special day that took place last month when I won a competition to meet Miranda and see this gorgeous new book be printed!

At the beginning of August I received an email almost as exciting as one of Anna’s parcels challenging me and fellow book bloggers to show our wrapping skills by creating A Parcel for Anna Browne and posting the results on Twitter! The prize – a chance to meet Miranda and see the book printed. Of course I couldn’t resist so I put IMG_2972my thinking cap on and raided my children’s craft cupboard to conjure up something suitably magical for Anna. To be honest, my craft skills are a bit hit and miss and there was a very dodgy moment when my attempt to tear a heart shape in the wrapping almost ended in tears but I stuck with it (!) and was pretty chuffed with the final result!

It’s safe to say there was a lot of happy dancing when I found out I’d won and then the nerves set in! I was going to meet one of my favourite authors. I’ve read every one of Miranda’s books and we’ve chatted on Twitter for years so it was very strange to actually meet face-to-face finally. I needn’t have worried – Miranda is as chatty and friendly in person as she is online and instantly put me at ease.

IMG_3176 IMG_3164Seeing A Parcel for Anna Browne being printed was a brilliant experience and I can’t thank publisher Pan Macmillan enough for arranging the day. As a librarian and avid reader I’ve always been fascinated by books but I’d never actually seen one printed and it was amazing to see hundreds of copies of the book whizzing round the printers – I couldn’t believe how quickly the whole process moved! Hopefully you can get an idea from the pictures here.

IMG_3186My special day ended with lunch with Miranda and her editor where we chatted about reading, writing and some of the very exciting things planned for the launch of A Parcel for Anna Browne this week. I was delighted to take home a hot off the press copy of the book and Miranda kindly signed two more first edition copies for me to offer as competition prizes to lucky readers here on One More Page. I’ll be launching the competition and publishing my review of the book later today so please do watch this space!

Keep an eye on Miranda’s Twitter @wurdsmyth and Facebook page: for more exciting Anna Browne related news and events this week!

Book news: See Me by Nicholas Sparks

21 Sep

I’ve become a bit of a fan of Nicholas Sparks’ books recently so I was very excited to see that he had a new book coming out next month! See Me will be released in hardback and ebook formats on 13th October and sounds like a great read.


Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot.

At twenty-eight, he’s focused on getting his teaching degree and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his past. The last thing he’s looking for is a serious relationship. But when he crosses paths with Maria Sanchez one rainswept night, his carefully structured life is turned upside down. And when Maria, a hardworking lawyer, meets Colin she begins to question every notion she has ever had about herself and her future – and what truly makes her happy.

Before the couple has a chance to envision a life together, menacing reminders from events in Maria’s past begin to surface. And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be pushed to breaking point.

Giveaway winners: The Sisters by Claire Douglas

21 Sep

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The winners are …

Sharon, Claire, Linda, Karen and Anne!

Congratulations! I have sent you all an email. Thanks to everyone who entered. Look out for more giveaways very soon!

Exclusive Extract: The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

12 Sep

Here’s a lovely treat to get your weekend off to a fab start; an extract from Dinah Jefferies brilliant new historical novel The Tea Planter’s Wife. This is Dinah’s second novel and has just been announced as on if the Richard and Judy Book Club Autumn 2015 reads. 

image001 (4)The Tea Planter’s Wife is a haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a wife and her instinct as a mother…

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husband. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with in London.

Distant and brooding, Laurence spends long days wrapped up in his work, leaving his young bride to explore the plantation alone. It’s a place filled with clues to the past – locked doors, a yellowed wedding dress in a dusty trunk, an overgrown grave hidden in the grounds, far too small for an adult…

Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but she has little time to celebrate. In the delivery room the new mother is faced with a terrible choice, one she knows no one in her upper class set will understand – least of all Laurence. Forced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever. When the time comes, how will her husband ever understand what she has done?

The Tea Planter’s Wife is a story of guilt, betrayal and untold secrets vividly and entrancingly set in colonial era Ceylon.

Click on the link below to read an exclusive extract of this novel!

The Tea Planter’s Wife Extract (PDF will open in a new window).

If you enjoyed this sample and would like to read the full book, The Tea Planter’s Wife is out now in paperback and ebook formats.

Find out more about Dinah and her writing at:

Please do check out the other stops on Dina’s blog tour for more extracts, reviews and giveaways.

Guest post: What I Love – Provincetown, Massachusetts by Kate Scelsa

8 Sep

Today I’m very excited to welcome Kate Scelsa to One More Page as part of her Fans of the Impossible Life blog tour. Kate’s excellent debut is out on Thursday (10th September) in the UK from Macmillan and is released by HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray in the US today!!

Kate grew up in New Jersey, went to school at Sarah Lawrence College, and now lives in Brooklyn with her wife and two black cats. She spent much of 2002-2013 traveling the world with theater company Elevator Repair Service, performing in their trilogy of works based on great American novels, including an eight hour long show called “Gatz” that used the entire text of “The Great Gatsby.” Kate is currently collaborating with her dad, the legendary free form radio DJ Vin Scelsa, on “The Kate and Vin Scelsa Podcast,” now available on iTunes and SoundCloud. Today Kate is sharing her love of Provincetown, Massachusetts with us. Welcome Kate!

In my young adult novel Fans of the Impossible Life, best friends Mira and Sebby run away for a day to Provincetown, Massachusetts, which they discover after Googling “gayest beach town in North America.” They stay at a motel and sing karaoke at the Governor Bradford with a drag queen named Dana. This is my favorite part of the book. Here’s why:

I was on tour on my thirtieth birthday. The theater company that I worked for was in Boston, doing a residency at a college to develop our version of “The Sun Also Rises.” In the show I was playing Frances, a jilted woman whose fiancée leaves her for the beautiful and charming Lady Brett Ashley. But Frances doesn’t go quietly. Before she leaves the show (and the book) forever she lets out a hysterical four-page monologue about all the ways in which she has been wronged. The part nearly took my voice away many times. I delivered the final lines front and center, wine glass raised, spotlight stolen, yelling my crazy heart out. It was starting to make me feel crazy offstage too. But there were other reasons for that.


My dorm room. The balloon helped a little. Not much.

Some of us were spending the month living in college dorm rooms that had recently been renovated. Some obvious things had been overlooked in the renovation. Like the fact that there was no way to change the toilet paper rolls. And that my shower leaked onto the bathroom floor and then leaked into my bedroom. And for some reason we had to call a management company in Arizona to get the microwave in the kitchen turned on.

One morning forty ten-year-old boys showed up to stay across the hall from us. Apparently a camp had rented the rooms. Resident advisors called our company manger to inform us that we couldn’t drink alcohol in the common rooms. Did I mention that I was about to turn thirty?

My birthday ended up being special, but it’s what happened after that I want to remember here.

My wife Amanda had come up to Boston for the occasion, and she and I planned to PROVINCETOWN MAPgo to Provincetown for the weekend. Provincetown is at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It’s the end of the road. No one passes through. It is only a destination. You can call it Ptown or Problemstown if you like.

On Friday after another rehearsal of yelling in my part and yelling in my own head, five of us set out for Ptown. Me, Amanda, and my company-mates Mike, Vin, and Susie. Mike, Vin, and Susie are my siblings from another lifetime. I love them in a way that is devoted and devotional. They are older than I am, and they have spent years being very patient with me while I have been growing up. It has not always been pretty to watch.

I had been to Ptown before. I’ve been going to Cape Cod almost every summer since I was fourteen, when I started working as an au pair for some family friends that have a house there, but this was different. I was thirty, I was with my wife and my friend family. I was escaping something. I was declaring independence.

We got to Ptown late on Friday hungry, and headed to the only place to get food after midnight. Spiritus Pizza is halfway down Commercial Street, the busiest street in this little beach town. It stays open when the bars close at one am, and everyone heads there, blocking the single lane that is still technically open to traffic but it takes a car half an hour to inch through the drag queens and dudes in leather.

It was before the one am rush and we got our slices and went outside to people-watch. Vin recognized a co-worker and said hi.

“I’m with Danielle Staub from the Real Housewives,” the obviously drunk man said before being whisked off by an entourage.

Susie was sharing a room with me and Amanda, and when we got back to the motel Amanda read to us from a book of MIKE READINGstories about lesbian nuns that she had found in a used bookstore. We fell asleep listening to forbidden convent affections.

The next day we were at the beach and the water was so cold and good and it was an echo of so many other beaches we had been to on our tours. We always kept coming back to the water.

Susie ate sprouts raw from a container and pretended that she was eating seaweed. Mike read from the lesbian nun book.

LOBSTERThat night we had dinner at the iconic Lobster Pot, waiting for our lobster buzzer to flash before we were welcomed inside to a world of butter and seafood so fresh it nearly crawled off the plate, and salad dished out table-side with multiple dressing options. They don’t serve it like that anymore. You have to order salad now.

After dinner we went to the Governor Bradford to do karaoke, where Amanda and I like to go, but rarely worked up the nerve to sing. We snuck into a table right next to the stage as some people were leaving.


“We’re obsessed with Dana,” Amanda and I told the others. Dana was the drag queen who ran karaoke nearly every night. She had her favorites and it was difficult to break in. We were desperate for her approval.

Vin and Mike knew what to do. They can both sing. We are all performers. This was serious.

Vin put in “Turn Your Love Around” and performed it complete with butt wiggling choreography. Dana enjoyed this. The gauntlet had been thrown.

Mike had put in some new material, a song he had never tried before, but now he was getting nervous. He needed Dana to like him more then she liked Vin. They are like this.

Mike saw his song in the queue and he went up to Dana while someone else was butchering “Sweet Home Alabama” or something.

“I need to change my song,” he whispered in her ear. “I need to impress you.”

Dana shrugged and changed the song.

It came up in the queue.

“Nights in White Satin”

The big guns.

Mike was into plaid shorts that went past his knees that summer. None of us approved of them. With a white polo shirt and baseball cap he looked like a straight guy from Boston. No offense, straight guys from Boston.

“Nights in white satin

Never reaching the end

Letters I’ve written

Never meaning to send

Beauty I’ve always missed

With these eyes before

Just what the truth is

I can’t say anymore”

Dana wasn’t paying enough attention. She was busy managing the queue. Mike turned to her and sang his heart out.

“’Cause I love you, Dana!

Yes I love you, Dana!

Oh how I love you!”

Dana turned, hand on heart. She smiled. Who was this straight guy from Boston?

I remember that Mike was holding her hand by the end of the song, but maybe I made that up. I remember Dana fanning herself with her hand. She was impressed.

Mike and Vin had charmed her. We emerged from the Governor Bradford giddy with victory.

SUNSETWhen you walk down the street late at night in Problemstown you can feel the ghosts. The houses are old. The street is older. Thousands of gay men who died of AIDS have had their ashes scattered on the breakwater.

It is true that the pilgrims came here first, before Plymouth, and the sandy soil wouldn’t let anything grow, so they left.

I was always afraid of the dark when I was little. I slept with a light on for years after it would have been considered normal to need even a nightlight, always stayed up reading as late as I could to somehow ward off thinking of creepy things and distract both myself and the ghosts. I dreamed then of growing into a person who was not afraid of the dark. I wanted to be tougher than that.

Back at the motel for our last night in Ptown, the weekend after I turned thirty, Amanda read us a few more nun stories. As I was drifting off to more forbidden love, I realized why I loved this place, and why the dark did not scare me there. It was because the ghosts of Ptown were our ghosts. They knew us. And maybe we had charmed them too.


Dana knows that she’s in my book. I sent her a copy. Here we are together this past summer, five years later. We continue to be obsessed with her.

Looks like so much fun! Thank you Kate and happy happy publication day part one!

Find out more about Kate and her writing at:


Twitter: @katescelsa

Facebook: katescelsaauthor


Instagram: @kate.scelsa


Book review: The Moment of Letting Go by J. A. Redmerski

4 Sep

9780349410043You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved – until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .

The Moment of Letting Go is the first book by J. A. Redmerski that I’ve read but having heard such good things about her previous novels I was keen to read this one. The beautiful Hawaiian setting and promise of a handsome surfer lead might also have played a part too :-)

Workaholic event planner Sienna is sent to Hawaii to organise a high-end wedding and during her two days there she meets surfer Luke who teaches at the hotel that she is staying at. The spark between them is immediate and in a very uncharacteristic move Sienna decides to take some holiday and extend her stay in Hawaii so that she can get to know Luke better. I loved the spur of the moment, spontaneous storyline and this book appealed to my sense of adventure and romance.

Both Luke and Sienna are in their early twenties and young, free and single which made Sienna’s sudden change of plans plausible and I thought the story was an original take on the New Adult romance theme. I liked Luke and Sienna as characters although I did find myself suspending my disbelief a little that Sienna could be so successful in her job so quickly! I liked the initial contrast between her cautious character and Luke’s as laid back adventurer and as as the story progressed I thought both characters developed well to show that they were much more than their initial impressions.

The dual narrative kept the story interesting and I loved that we got to see both sides of the relationship as it developed. The theme of letting go is a strong one throughout the book as Sienna confronts her fears and Luke comes to terms with the events of his past. The mix of holiday romance, adventure and fun with more serious themes worked well and although this was a quick read I found that I cared about what happened to both characters. There’s also a strong supporting cast and I particularly liked Seth and Kendra’s story too.

The Moment of Letting Go is a fast paced whirlwind romance that I enjoyed a lot. It’s the perfect end of summer read and will definitely leave you with a warm glow!


The Moment of Letting Go is out now in paperback and ebook formats.

I’d like to thank Piatkus for providing a review copy of this book.

Find out more about J. A. Redmerski and her writing at: