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What Would You Do? || by Vivien Brown

When she was good she was very, very good. But when she was bad she was horrid We’ve all seen it in the movies. A character has a decision to make, and there’s a little angel sitting there on one shoulder, telling him to do the right thing, the sensible, law-abiding, boring thing… while a little devil on the other is saying quite the opposite: Go on, risk it! You know you want to. You’ve got nothing to lose. Of course there are no angels and devils really. It’s the two sides of our own personality battling it out to decide which is right. Usually, both have equally valid points of view. If they didn’t, the decision would be easy. No contest! But, if both…

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Stories Among The Storeys || by Vivien Brown

When I was in my twenties, I lived in a ground floor maisonette.  An elderly couple lived upstairs. We each had our own entrance door from the street, so there were no communal hallways or staircases to squabble over or keep clean, but we did share a back garden, me using the half closest to the back door and them the patch at the far end. It all worked very well. In fact, most of the time, I could almost forget they were there. Oh, I’d sometimes hear the hum of their washing machine through my ceiling, or distant voices coming from their TV when mine was switched off, but that was all. We nodded hello, got to know each other’s names, and I once…

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My Perfect Romantic Mixtape || by Mary Jayne Baker

My new romantic comedy, Meet Me at the Lighthouse, is all about the power of music. The hero, Ross, is a talented singer-songwriter who teams up with heroine Bobbie to bring their town’s dilapidated Victorian lighthouse back to life as a music venue. Of course it’s not all smooth sailing, either for the lighthouse or the course of true love, with hostile councillors, ex-partners and secrets the two friends would just as soon keep buried waiting to throw obstacles in their way. To celebrate the release, I’ve put together my perfect romantic playlist, just the thing for those candlelit, snuggle-filled evenings. You can find the Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post, or you can look the tracks up for yourself. Enjoy! Angels –…

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GIVEAWAY: ‘Blue Moon’ Macaroons for Cressida McLaughlin’s THE ONCE IN A BLUE MOON GUESTHOUSE!

Today our pals over at W6 Book Cafe have published a gorgeous new book by Cressida McLaughlin, author of the bestselling Canal Boat Cafe series, and we’re so excited to be a part of her blog tour. We HarperCollins gals gotta stick together! If you’d like to win a box of blue macaroons from Miss Macaroon (just like little blue moons, and one of Cressy’s favourites!), just comment on the post below and tell us where you would want to escape to if you had your own Once In A Blue Moon Guesthouse! The winner will be picked at midnight on Saturday (1 July 2017) and will be notified by email with 48 hours to claim their prize 🙂 So comment below for your chance to…

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5 Tips To Keep You Sane While Life Happens || by Linn B Halton

These are my five top tips to help you survive, re-focus and keep motivated through those frenetic work/life/family days. How many hats do have to juggle every day? Spouse, parent, offspring, sibling, friend, employer/employee? I’m sure I’m not alone in finding that there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything done. The best present I ever gave myself (about two years ago) was to take time out to sit down with a blank piece of paper and think about how I spent my time and where my future was heading. Now, I’m an organised person by nature (which is a blessing) but even so, the pressure seemed to be constant and I seldom managed to hit anything on the longer-term ‘to do’…

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