I'm taking a break... be back soonish!

I DO NOT OWN IMAGE!

When is enough, enough? For the last year my blog aspirations and motivations have been diminishing which is why I've went on breaks from A Bookish Redhead so hopefully when I decided to come back to blogging I'd be feeling refreshed, and ready to get the love of sharing my opinions on books and getting excited for interviews with authors but that's not the case and forcing the issue is making it harder on myself to continue which is why I'm taking a much needed break to concentrate on things in my personal life. 

That's the part of me that needs my attention at the moment, I need to have some fun and read a book! Okay well my kind of bookish fun... I haven't read a book I thoroughly crawled into in quite some time so that is something else I'm looking for. I am hoping this short term break will only be until September but I can already feel the anxiousness starting to creep up on me knowing that's in only a few short weeks. 

  • The Bookish Christmas feature didn't quite go as planned, that was meant to my gateway for inspiration, I will get in touch with the authors to explain. 
  • I've posted quite a few giveaways lately, I will be in touch with winners in due course to get your goodies posted out so please be patient!
I will be taking a short break from my lifestyle blog Voluptuous Chatterbox including ALL social media excluding Twitter and Instagram! I still need a place to rant and post pictures afterall. 

If you have any questions forward them on to bookbloggerni (@) yahoo.co.uk 

Kerry-Ann x

UPDATED: 30/08/2015

I will be returning to blogging in October and hope you'll be there with me! I have a couple of things planned to get more readers involved in different aspects and am also aspiring to get back to my original roots of how I began blogging! WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE! :) 

Author Interview & Giveaway: Stella Newman


1, Can you share with readers abit about 

                                                    ~ yourself?
                                                    ~ your writing journey/history?
                                                      ~ your latest bookish news?

I’m now a full time writer but before that I was a professional food taster - I was paid to eat spaghetti (best job ever.)   

Food and books have always been a big part of my life:my grandma was a writer, my other grandma was a great cook, as is my mum - and my dad basically reads a book every day, so I grew up reading and eating (I’m not very sporty!)

All my novels have a strong food theme – the first, Pear Shaped, was about puddings, but also about women’s relationships with their bodies and weight.  Leftovers, book two, was about pasta, but also about coming to terms with life not turning out how you planned. 

And the new one, The Dish, is a romance, featuring a magnificent custard doughnut and some rather fine pastries – and also a rather dishy head chef.  There are characters that move between the books, but they are all novels designed to be read independently.  If you like food / romance / laughter, hopefull yyou will enjoy them.

2, Are you currently working on anything at the minute?

I’m working on book five – which also has a lot of delicious food and a few men in it too –It’s very much a work in progress at the moment, but watch this space!

3, What new books are you looking forward to reading this summer?  

I’m keen to read Disclaimer, by Renee Knight, and also finally get round to finishing Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, before his new one comes out.

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4, Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Don’t give up!

5, What's your favourite food to snack on whilst writing?  

Anything and everything – today it was spicy popcorn and dark chocolate, not in the same mouthful.

6, Tell us why we should read your books in 140 characters or less!

Funny foody fiction.  (I like concision.)

Christmassy:

1, What does Christmas mean to you?   

Food, family and a lovely walk in the park to try to justify the over-eating and over-drinking that I know will take place.

2, Why did you decide write a Christmas book?  

I worked in retail marketing for a lot of my career.  In retail, Christmas starts in January – which is nowhere near as much fun as it sounds.  So I wanted to do a Christmas story from the point of view of someone for whom Christmas is their year-round job.

3, Is there a song that's on your playlist every year?

Fairytale of New York




4, Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?   

We once went to Las Vegas for Christmas when I was a kid.  I remember the weirdness of wearing just a t-shirt and shorts on Christmas Day.  Also the Las Vegans really go to town with their Christmas decorations, so that was pretty spectacular.

5, Fruit-cake or Christmas cookies?

 Christmas brownies from Bluebasil mail order brownies in Oxfordshire –totally delicious!

6, Who would you like to bump into under the mistletoe?

David Gandy will do fine.


Oh yeah.. *raises hands and feet* I agree!

A massive thanks to the author for taking the time out and answering some questions, especially for the A Bookish Christmas Feature, it is greatly appreciated! 

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GIVEAWAY: 

TWO of the authors current novels in KINDLE FORMAT PLUS signed swag!
(the book is NOT signed, the swag is in no relation to the author but what I've collected for giveaways from other authors)

- Open worldwide
- Comment below with which books you'd like to receive and why!



DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE AND THE GIVEAWAY PAGE HERE FOR MORE GIVEAWAYS! 

Author Interview & Giveaway: Kay Jaybee

~ Can you tell us about yourself?

Hello there, many thank for inviting me to chat to you today!

My name is Kay Jaybee – or possibly Jenny Kane- or it could be something else entirely! I have lived all over the UK, from the NE of Scotland, to Wales, the Midlands, and now I’m tucked away in the South West of England.

I have been writing erotica for just over ten years and contemporary fiction for three years. I’m lucky enough to be one of the Brit Babes, a group of British based erotica writers who are fighting to keep quality in the erotica genre!

As well as writing, I work for a Distance Learning Company, look after my family, and drink an insane amount of coffee.

~ It states on your website you have a collection of degrees. How do you balance your time to study between writing under two names? Do you have superpowers?

I wish! There really aren’t enough hours in the day. I don’t do much with my degrees these days, apart from pillage my research for storylines. I made good use of my archaeology degree when I wrote my erotic romance, Digging Deep, and of my Medieval History PhD when I put together Romancing Robin Hood (under my other writing name, Jenny Kane).

I tend to take it in turns between writing as Kay and Jenny. So far this year, it has been Jenny’s turn, but Kay will be back soon.

~ If you could have any superpower in the world, what would you choose and why?

Apart from wishing I could squeeze more minutes into hour, I’d like to be able to see around corners. I am very very clumsy, and being able to see around me more would be good for everyone! I often walk into people, tread on toes, and accidentally knock into things. I bruise easily, so I often look as if I’ve been in a fight, when in fact, I just have shockingly bad special awareness.

~ Do you have any new or future bookish news you'd like to share?

As I write this blog I find myself in between books. Only an hour ago I pressed the ‘send’ button on my latest Jenny Kane novel (Another Glass of Champagne- out in 2016), and about to pick my next project. At this precise moment I don’t know which of the five or six novels I’m just dying to write to do next. I will probably do a few erotic short stories while I’m thinking.

~What are you currently working on? Can you give us a snippet?

This is a tiny bit from an erotic short story I’ve been playing with, which will probably be called Highland Fling.

“...Rob didn’t look round. He didn’t need to. He could feel the two sets of eyes on his back, they were almost scorching him. Taking his time to fill the second bottle, the ranger thought the situation through. Two of them, both hot tottie. One a blonde, one a red head. One English. One American. A tasty combination. Their bulky winter coats, sensible walking trousers and boots didn’t give much away, but he was willing to bet that once all the layers were off, they would be a sight to behold. He could be wrong he supposed, but maybe…Rob replied to Karen’s question. “I like it well enough hen. I ken it’s quiet, but I like it peace and quiet.”
“So, you don’t get…lonely then?” Karen knew she was being blatant now, but she didn’t care. If she could pull this off, it would be the perfect holiday present for her friend.
Stacie, her mouth dry with anticipation, stepped forward. Pulling off her gloves to reveal two pale hands with violently clashing purple nail varnished tips, she took the full bottles from out of Rob’s hands. Making sure her fingers brushed his as she did so, she felt the spark that told her she should keep going.
“Thank you,” Stacie purred as she passed one of the bottles to Karen.
The tacit standoff that followed, as tension rippled through the small office room come workshop, was eventually broken by Rob. “Would you lassies like something to warm you up before you go?”
His sentence, delivered with a dead pan tone, could have been suggesting something as mundane as sharing of a mug of hot chocolate, but his sparkling eyes suggested so much more.
Stacie felt her pulse quicken as Karen casually replied, “Well, if it’s not too much trouble that would be lovely.” Another normal sentence, but packed with enough eyelash fluttering that she might as well have screamed out “Fuck Us Now!”...”

~What inspired you to write your first book?

My first solo book, The Collector, was inspired by a conversation  I overheard while I was at Heathrow Airport. I then began to collect together ideas from other overheard conversations, and allowed my imagination to expand each one into a short sexy tale.



~ Are there books you're looking forward to reading this Summer?

So many!! I read a great deal. Most of all however, I can’t wait to read The Gallows Curse by Karen Maitland. I recently met Karen at the Tiverton Literary Festival, and she was amazingly lovely and very encouraging about my future writing career.

~ What book are you currently reading?

A Clear Solution by Eric Macfarlane – so funny!

~ Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Enjoy it! Don’t get bogged down in what you ‘ought’ to write- write how you want to write.

~ Is there anything you'd like to say to readers?

A great big THANK YOU. It’s been almost eleven years since my first publication- if it wasn’t for my lovely readers, I’d have no one to write for!

Favourites:

Movie:  Grosse Point Blank
Book:  This is an impossible question!  I love so many...uummmm... Guards Guards by Terry Pratchett
Snack: Chocolate- Cadburys of course!
Dessert: My Nan’s homemade treacle pudding
Place: Dartmoor


Kay Jaybee was nominated as the Best Erotica Writer of 2013, 2014 & 2015 by the ETO. Kay wrote The Perfect Submissive Trilogy, (The Perfect Submissive, The Retreat, Knowing Her Place, Xcite 2011-14), The Voyeur, (Xcite 2012), Making Him Wait (Sweetmeats, 2012), A Sticky Situation (Xcite, 2013), Digging Deep, (Xcite 2013), Not Her Type (1001 NightsPress, 2013), and The Collector (Austin & Macauley, 2012).

Details of all her other work can be found at www.kayjaybee.me.uk 

You can follow Kay on -
Twitter - Facebook  
Kay also writes as Jenny Kane

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What did you think of the Q&A? Have you read any of the authors works? What did you think?

(Don't forget to check out the Bookish Christmas feature running this week with new giveaways added EVERYDAY! Check it out HERE. PLUS a massive swag and giftcard giveaway HERE.

A Bookish Christmas & A Giveaway


The sun should be shining, the birds singing and we should be sunbathing.. but nopes sorry I've been planning A Bookish Christmas, celebrating Christmas in July all this week with Author/Blogger Interviews, Giveaways AND best of all a few surprises here or there! So keep your eyes peeled and ears to the ground as it's sure to get chilly or even heat up a few notches! Christmas! The hustle and bustle in the shops or on the streets, the Christmas market and buying chocolate waffles OR the cinnamon Yankee candles that you sniff in the store.. What? Just Me Really? #Awkward 

Christmas is my favourite time of year especially the anticipation building up to the months surrounding it and even crafting cards in July, it never ceases to amaze me how much I love buying, gifting, wrapping up gifts, the tying of the ribbons and bows for friends and family especially adding the wee bits and bobs with their pressies that I know they'll love. 

It's a time for friends, family and happiness! Bringing a smile to a loved ones face or seeing the excitement in a child's eyes light up when they believe Santa is on his way and they must race of to bed and get tucked in for the night ahead of staying awake then sneaking a peek out their window and hoping for a glance at a reindeer. Christmas to me is about love, joy, happiness and especially family.

Below a giveaway at the bottom! Did I mention that ALL the giveaways will be wrapped? so no one knows what they'll be winning? ;) Sure I'll let you know if it's a giftcard, signed book or swag but you won't know the amount, the title or what the book is about.. (I will be kind and disclose the author though) plus I have a naughty or nice giveaway coming up as well! (As if you need to worry about raising your body temperature in these next couple months!)

ME & Christmas: 


~ Who would you like to bump into under the mistletoe?

After having a think definitely Ed Westwick! I'm obsessed with Chuck Bass so he's gotta be in there somewhere..

~ Favourite Song:  Mariah Carey - All I want for Christmas Is You



Favourite Book: Secret Santa (Review HERE



Todays Giveaway IS..... *drum roll* A *SIGNED* Abbi Glines Book AND it's OPEN WORLDWIDE!


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What does Christmas mean to you? Who would you like to bump into under the mistletoe?

GIVEAWAY: Feeling the Summer Love

It's a late Summer July evening here in Northern Ireland and I am feeling the Love in all aspects of my life which is why I've decided to share that love with you! I had a clear out through my swag and picked out some of the BEST swag to do a giveaway with PLUS am doing a £5 Amazon.co.uk E-Giftcard! Yes. . . I'm feeling fiine! 

What is the reason for this impromptu giveaway? Well does there have to be one other than feeling generous?

**THE DETAILS:** 




SIGNED ITEMS:


1 x Cora Carmack Template
1 x Kahlen Aymes Postcard
1 x Lacey Weatherford Postcard
1 x Samantha Young Bookmark
1 x Tiffany Reisz Bookplate
1 x Reena Jacobs Postcard
1 x Jeri-Smith Ready Bookmark
1 x Jennifer L Armentrout Bookmark
1 x Robin Bridges Bookmark
1 x Nina-Marie Gardner Postcard
1 x Amanda Ashby Postcard
1 x Devyn Dawson Postcard
1 x Leah Cypress BookMark
1 x Tammara Webber Bookplate


NOT SIGNED:

1 x C.A Kunz Bookmark
1 x Ednah Walters Bookmark
1 x Marissa Dobson Postcard
1 x Cora Carmack Bookmark
1 x Samantha Fontien Magnet 
1 x Devyn Dawson small card
1 x Edwin Wolfe small card
1 x Marissa Dobson Bookmark
1 x Marissa Dobson small card
1 x Emily White Temp Tattoo


RULES AND GUIDELINES: 

Open Worldwide
Giveaway will end Saturday  19 July Giveaway
I will contact the winner via email and they have 72 hours to reply, if I do not hear back within that time frame a new winner will be chosen. 
The items will be posted out within a week of contacting the winner, I am not responsible for lost of stolen items. 

TO ENTER:

Follow the instructions on the rafflecopter below. GOOD-LUCK

Don't Forget to have a listen to Summer Nights from Grease! 



What do you think of the giveaway? Are you feeling the love this Summer?

Good Morning Bookworld,




For quite awhile I have drifted from my book blog which has left me a bit frustrated with myself because I realised I was becoming more interested in growing A Bookish Redhead and gaining more followers and more readers than actually letting my passion for books grow which to me is more important and interesting. 

I decided to take a break and have used July as a stepping stone to slightly ease myself back into book blogging. I'm not going to try so hard anymore, when I first started blogging 4 years ago I LOVED reading and then shouting from the rooftops why I loved them books and also being a cheerleader for many authors because there books made me feel amazing and alive inside. Which is a feeling I am desperate to get back. 

I have a few reviews scheduled and a few guest posts/interviews with authors whom I LOVE reading their books. PLUS on July 20th starts a feature which I've been putting together called A Bookish Christmas.. A Christmas in Feature! There will be reviews, interviews AND a naughty or nice giveaway! Which I have a few ideas so far for. 

This week I featured Annie Jocoby in an Interview, check it out HERE

For now though.. I need to get ready to go book and dresss shopping! How is your Saturday being spent? 





Author Interview & Giveaway: Annie Jocoby

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About the book: 

Photographer CJ Parker is a woman who has literally not gone outside for the past six months. She’s been hiding from the world, and from life, ever since an unimaginable tragedy forced her into seclusion.

On the one day where she decides to finally venture outside, she meets the mysterious billionaire, Asher Sloane. Dark-headed, magnetic, and gorgeous, Asher drips sex and animal magnetism. He draws CJ out of her shell and into the world, while showing her things that she never knew existed.

What CJ doesn’t know is that Asher has a dangerous past. Behind his beautiful blue eyes and confident demeanor lies dark secrets that, if they are brought to light, could mean the end of CJ and Asher’s relationship.

Will the exposure of Asher’s past destroy them?

Warning: This book has plenty of hot and steamy sex scenes featuring an alpha male who knows what he wants and knows exactly how to get it.


FREE ON AMAZON.CO.UK 
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Interview:

1, Can you tell us one thing about yourself we can't find online?

I’m a binge-watcher. A few months ago, I watched every single episode of Sex and the City back to back to back. Now I’m working on Mad Men. I love me some Netflix, and House of Cards is probably next.

2, Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I remember when I was a little girl, I used to write up stories that featured Han Solo, because I was absolutely obsessed with him. I guess I was creating fan fiction before it was cool! I was always writing, it seemed, whether it was short stories and poems for creative writing classes or legal briefs for my previous life as a lawyer. I actually found that I enjoyed writing legal briefs and I was published in Law Review when I was in law school. And then, I don’t know, I sat down to start writing a novel, and Beautiful Illusions was the result. I had no idea how it would be received, and, to be honest, when I wrote the novel I didn’t know the first thing about self-publishing. I only knew that I found my calling, and I haven’t stopped writing since then!

3, Can you sum up your writing journey so far in 5 words?

Difficult yet fun. That’s only three words, sorry about that! :)

4, Tell us why we should read Exposure in 140 characters or less? 

Because it features a smoking hot billionaire and a feisty, yet damaged, heroine. I like their chemistry together - they’re good for each other, yet that’s not always apparent. And they’re both pretty sarcastic, so that makes for some good scenes!

5, What's your favourite food to snack on when writing?

Potato chips! That’s my favorite snack, period, but I have to limit myself because I love them way too much. Especially Kettle Chips. Yum.

6, If you could have one book world exist to live in, where would you choose and why?

Narnia. I loved all of those books as a kid, and I really loved all the creatures. CS Lewis did a great job creating that world, and I could imagine living in it.

7, Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Never give up, and try self-publishing. If you get some advice from other aspiring authors, such as on KBoards or something of the sort, you can learn enough to get your work off the ground. There’s no need to try to publish with a traditional publisher anymore. I love the freedom of doing everything for myself!


8, Is there anything you'd like to say to readers?

I love all my readers, and I want to thank each and every one of you who have supported me!

About the author: 

Annie Jocoby is the author of 8 contemporary romance novels and 3 New Adult contemporary romance novels. Her motivation to begin writing these novels is that she was interested in writing about rich men who actually love and respect their women. Her heroes are alpha and damaged, yet also genuinely good guys.
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