You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems – because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the Big Apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career …
But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.
What should be a dream come true is looking a little like a nightmare. But Holly is determined to get her New York happy ending!"
Say hello to my first Christmas book review of the year, which means in Is This Real Life land that its officially Christmas time, yahhh!
Keep an eye out for a ton of Christmas features coming up over the next few weeks in between all my normal content (don't worry it won't go too Christmas crazy around here) their will be Christmas book reviews, make up looks, outfits and a really exciting Christmas gift guide that I have been working on for a while and can't wait to share with you all but first let's get on with all things books.
I am so excited that I'm part of the book tour for the amazing new Christmas book (Seriously how many times can I say Christmas in one post, you could totally make a drinking game out of this... Get your shot glasses ready) 'Meet Me in Manhattan'. I have never taken part in a book tour before but I couldn't resist this one as Christmas books (take a shot) are some of my favourite books and I really wanted to get involved in this one.
As part of the tour the author let me in on some insider secrets about what it's like when she finishes up writing a book, I love her answer and hope it gives you a little bit more of an insight into the author and her writing.
I have also put up the book tour banner (Look, there's Is this Real Life on it) so that you can check out all the other really amazing blogs that have taken part and the next few that have still to put their posts up in the next few days.
I just loved this book, it was fun and Christmassy (down another one) and sweet and had everything you want from a story at this time of year, if you love some festive fun with a bit of a twist and interesting story then I can't recommend this book enough.
Take a peek at the piece below and let me know what you think.
Q+A with Claudia Carroll
How you feel once you’ve finished writing a book? Do you ever suffer from ‘book hangover’ syndrome?
I’d have to say it’s actually the opposite with me, in that once I reach those two magical words at the very end of a book – The End – I almost feel a sense of euphoria. Probably because when you’re coming to the last few chapters of a book, the work is so intense and all consuming. You’re literally living, eating, breathing and sleeping the book until all you want to do is reach that very last line. I swear to God, I’ve been known to go to bed with the laptop on the floor beside me, then reach for it at first light the next morning to pick up where I left off. I’d almost liken the whole end of book process to a marathon runner coming to the twenty mile mark, where you can sense the finish line isn’t too far off and you’re so exhausted that your only focus is on just somehow crossing over it.
So once I do finally finish, I’d treat myself to a few days off and catch up with life really; seeing family and friends, going to the movies and of course, my own personal ‘end of book’ ritual. Every author I know has an end of book ritual, a bit like the author character Paul Sheldon that James Caan plays in Misery. Remember? When he says he gave up smoking years ago, but always allows himself just the one when after he types out those precious words, The End.
I know one author who books herself into a health spa and treats herself to a whole day of indulgence and another who binge watches box sets back to back, to make up for all the time she lost when writing. As for me though, just give me a (large) jar of Nutella and a desert spoon and I’m happy out. Because once you’ve delivered your first draft to your editor, as we all know, that’s when the real work starts!
The ebook of Meet Me in Manhattan is available now on Amazon for £1.99, and the paperback is out on the 3rd December.