A Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle by @KiltieJackson #BlogBlitz #GuestPost & #Giveaway @rararesources

About the Book

So who exactly is Sukie McClaren?

A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman?

She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in.

Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares.

He can’t wait for it to be over.

When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again.

Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete’s demise.

Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish?

A Christmas tale full of love, laughter, friendship and revenge.

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Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

Giveaway

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Blame It On The Love Of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Part 2 – The Teenage Years.

My first proper ‘grown up’ gig was Adam and the Ants, the Prince Charming tour. I was only fifteen and I had begged my mum to let me go. We lived about seven miles from the centre of Glasgow and I would be getting a bus there and back. I was going with two other friends so she relented. I had to pay for the ticket myself but, having three paper-rounds at the time, this was not a problem. My mate got the tickets. I don’t know how he managed it as they were like gold-dust.

The venue for this momentous moment in my life was the rapidly disintegrating flea-pit known as The Apollo. Unknown to me at the time, this venue was, and still is, considered by many bands and artists as the ultimate music venue due to the explosive atmosphere and exuberant crowds. It had a massive, fifteen and a half foot high, stage and a bouncing balcony. The balcony was designed to do this and many bands would encourage the fans to jump more in order to see the effect. While I didn’t know the venue was iconic back then, I firmly believe that the magic of it set up my love and expectations for all future gigs I would attend.

I was fortunate enough to see a few bands at The Apollo before it closed its doors on the 16th June 1985 but the two most memorable for me are Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Nik Kershaw. I’ll start with Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Frankie-mania had hit Glasgow with the same force as it had hit the rest of the UK. This meant that when tickets went on sale for their tour in early 1985, there wasn’t a snowballs chance in hell of getting one. Yours truly, however, would not be thwarted by this. There were other ways if one used a little ingenuity… You see, living in Glasgow had certain advantages when it came to meeting your favourite band or artist because there were only a handful of hotels considered exclusive enough for the bands to stay in so it was easy to find out where the bands were staying when they were in town. My friends and I, however, had learnt that you do not hang around outside the hotel like ordinary fans. No. The secret is to dress nicely and buy a drink in the hotel bar. This technique had worked a few times and it was about to work again.

I was sitting in the bar of the hotel on the night of the 20th March 1985. Frankie had just played the first of two gigs at The Apollo and had come down to the bar to relax and unwind. At the time, the band had the reputation of being a bolshy and they were living up to it that night. Several girls had approached them to ask for an autograph but had been sent away with a flea in their ear and no signature. So I decided to go in with a different tack.

I walked over to the three band members who were the main perpetrators of the abuse – Brian Nash, Mark O’Toole and Peter Gill. The conversation went as follows:

Me: Excuse me, sorry to interrupt but I was wondering if I may take a photograph please?

FGTH: No you fookin’ well can’t.

Me: Phew! I was hoping you would refuse because you’re all so bloody ugly the camera would probably break!

FGTH: What did you say?

Me: I said you’re all so ugly you’d probably break the camera!

Cue 5 seconds of silence before they break out in loud, raucous laughter.

FGTH: Fook me! More front than bloody Blackpool this one! For that, you can take your photograph.

Me: Oh well, if you insist. But, if it breaks, you owe me a new one.

After the photograph was taken the banter continued between us and I was invited to join them, along with my friends of course. Through the course of the conversation, I was asked if I had been to the gig. Now I could have been very polite and simply said no but I chose to inform them that, if I wanted to listen to the sound of cats caterwauling, I would take myself off to the local animal rescue. This was met with the response of “For that, you cheeky mare, we’re putting you on the guest list for tomorrow night!”

Hah! Mission accomplished!

For the record, the gig was amazing, the atmosphere was electric and I hung out with the guys again back at the hotel. Overall, they were a great bunch of lads and fun company to be in.

The other memorable gig at the Apollo was Nik Kershaw on the 11th of November in 1984. I had been a fan of Nik’s for a few months prior to him hitting the big time earlier that year. When my friend Pam and I entered the foyer of the venue we saw his manager hanging around. We recognised him from a gig of Nik’s we’d been to in the summer so we went over to say hello. He remembered us and we got chatting. He left us with the instruction to head back to their hotel afterwards and he would ensure we got to meet Mr Kershaw himself.

After the gig, Pam – who had only just passed her driving test two days before – haired it down to the hotel and we were sitting with a drink in the bar before the band had even gotten off the coach. As promised, we were introduced to Nik and I can tell you now that he was one of the nicest, sweetest musicians I have ever met. He was polite, funny and quite happy to have a laugh and chill out. When he and the band found out that Pam and I were also attending their gig in Edinburgh a few days later, we were invited to meet up with them all again because ‘we were fun and we didn’t hassle them’. Once again, Nik and his band were simply lovely and friendly and we had a blast just hanging out with them. Nik Kershaw was, for quite some time after that, my absolute hero and I didn’t miss any of his gigs. Including one very big, extra special, event that brought a whole new experience to rock and pop music…

Live Aid!

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Thanks so much, Kiltie. Don’t forget to catch up with the rest of these fabulous guest posts!

  For Part 1 – The Early Years, see My Life, One Story At A Time yesterday

For Part 3 – Live Aid, have a look on Carole’s Book Corner tomorrow

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Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences – which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage!

Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym! Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to.

In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!” Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author.

In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel.

Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight.

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.

She now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

Author links ~ Website | Facebook | Twitter  

#ThrowbackThursday ~ Losing It All by Marsha Cornelius #Drama @marshacornelius

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

Losing It All was published in 2013 and was a five star read for me. Set in the 1980s, it’s gritty and realistic with great characters. I didn’t know what to expect when I began but was soon immersed in the story.

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Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage by @LinnBHalton #BookReview @BrookCottageBks #Extract #Giveaway #TuesdayBookBlog

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage, a contemporary holiday romance by Linn B Halton. Published by Harper Impulse and released on November 3rd 2017.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

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The countdown to Christmas is usually a magical time, but Elena James is fed up with living on a building site! The renovations on her beautiful cottage – like her heart – have been frozen in limbo ever since she was unexpectedly widowed.  Elana calls in a professional, Luke Stevenson, to help finish the cottage, so her little girl can send letters to Santa up the newly-repaired chimney. Luke’s kind, capable and sexy – but he’s also ten years younger than Elana. So why has her heart decided it’s finally time for a thaw?

The perfect read to curl up by the fire with … for fans of Rebecca Boxall.

Elana James and her young daughter, Maya, are approaching their second Christmas without Niall, Elana’s husband and Maya’s father, who was killed in a tragic road traffic accident. Bay Tree Cottage is a work in progress, which isn’t actually progressing much at the moment as Elana was left mortgage free but without the funds to tackle all the renovation work needed. And more bad news comes from her good friend and next door neighbour, Eve. Both their chimneys needs urgent repointing which means Elana is unable to light the fire in her cottage and Maya is desperate to send her wishes up to Santa, via the chimney, as they always do.

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Always With You by Hannah Ellis #Excerpt #Giveaway @BrookCottageBks @BooksEllis #TuesdayBookBlog

Release Date: 3rd Oct 2017

A secret kept for more than twenty years. A daughter intent on finding the truth…

In 1994, twenty-one-year-old Evelyn Taylor left England to backpack around Australia. When she stopped off in the dusty outback town of Kununurra, she never expected to fall in love with the place – and the people. But Joe Sullivan captured her heart, and when her fun-filled year in Australia came to an end, saying goodbye to him was the hardest thing she’d ever done. 

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A Cosy Candlelit Christmas by @TillyTenWriter #Contemporary #Romance @bookouture #FridayReads

  • Author: Tilly Tennant
  • Kindle Edition
  • Published 26th October 2017 by Bookouture
  • Category: Contemporary, Romance, Christmas, Books, Reading, Book Review

All Isla wants for Christmas is to be left in peace, but in the Alps there’s potential for romance in every snowflake that falls… 

It’s the week before Christmas and Isla McCoy has just received an unexpected gift: a letter announcing she is due a life-changing inheritance, but only if she’s willing to make peace with the father who abandoned her. 

 Isla McCoy is twenty nine, living at home with her mother and studying psychology. She can’t remember her father as her parents’ marriage broke down when she was five years old and she didn’t see her father again. Being brought up solely by Glory, her mother, who is still bitter and unable to make peace with her father after twenty odd years, has left a long term impression on Isla and influenced the potential for romantic relationships. She finds it difficult to form lasting relationships and tends to keep men at arm’s length, always expecting to be let down.

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Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller @katylittlelady #BookReview @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Christmas at the Gin Shack, which Im sharing with Clair at Have Books, Will Read

  • Author: Catherine Miller
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Contemporary, Christmas, Book Review, Books, Reading

Gingle bells, gingle bells, gingle all the way…

Olive Turner might have lived through eighty-four Christmases, but she’ll never get bored of her favourite time of year. And this one’s set to be extra-special. It’s the Gin Shack’s first Christmas – and there’s a gin-themed weekend and a cocktail competition on the cards!

But, beneath the dazzle of fairy lights and the delicious scent of mince-pies, Olive smells a rat. From trespassers in her beloved beach hut to a very unfunny joke played on her friends, it seems that someone is missing a dose of good cheer.

Olive knows she’s getting on a bit – but is she really imagining that someone in the little seaside town is out to steal Christmas? More importantly, can she create the perfect gin cocktail before Christmas Eve – in time to save the day?

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid #Audiobook

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

Today I’m revisiting an audiobook I listened to a couple of years ago, narrated by the excellent Julia Whelan, Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 

Just after midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go, Ethan offers to take her home if she wants to stay out a little longer. From then on the storyline splits into two timelines. One takes Hannah home with Gabby, in the other she stays with Ethan. The following chapters alternate simultaneously between the two parallel universes and show how Hannah’s life, and that of those around her, unfolds in each one.
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The Lost Corner by Katrina Mountfort ~ #BookReview @curlykats #Contemporary #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Katrina Mountfort
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Book Review, Books, Reading

Eve leaves behind her comfortable, suburban lifestyle when she discovers her husband’s infidelity, and returns to her Norfolk roots to rebuild her life. She feels instant belonging among the village pagans and eccentrics. But in a village of dark secrets and past tragedies, she finds more questions than answers.

It’s a week before Christmas and Eve Murdoch has just discovered her husband is having an affair. She packs a bag and drives without a destination in mind, until she realises she’s unconsciously heading towards Norfolk and more especially her home town of Great Yarmouth. The hotel she found was depressing and the town had seen better days. Not finding anything better she decides to head for Cromer. Continue reading