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Cover Reveal – ‘Pot Love: Books 1 and 2’ by Sylvia Ashby

I’m thrilled to be taking part in this cover reveal.  Today I have not just one but two covers to share, both of which are absolutely gorgeous.  Here’s more information about ‘Pot Love’.


Book Blurb

Ashley Burkе is your average next-door girl. She lives with her boyfriend, loves her work and secretly fancies her boss.

When Ashley loses it all through no fault of her own, well, apart from snogging her boss and getting caught by his fiancée, she needs to act fast to find a new job. A lucrative vacancy comes her way – a spot on a popular day-time TV – but there is a catch. It’s a cookery spot and Ashley can’t cook to save her life.



“I feel like exploding with how much I love this book. I almost didn’t want to read the last few chapters because I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I feel like I made a new best friend and visited England, without ever leaving my house.

If this book were a movie, it would be the biggest romantic comedy of the next five years, and I’d be first in line to pay my $10 for a ticket and $20 worth of popcorn and soda.”

“Like a late night, post-pub cheeseboard or the final few drops of Rosé, it will prove mighty hard to resist.”

“Great characters, interesting plot line and wonderful writing bringing it all together! Well worth the read. Kind of hoping for a sequel.”


‘Pot Love’ is available to buy from Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/Pot-Love-Sylvia-Ashby-ebook/dp/B00DJB79EW


Feast your eyes on the second cover.  Those cupcakes look delicious don’t they!


Book Blurb

Ashley has a YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much. When James calls with an offer to take her to lunch – the same James that got her fired from her dream job three years ago – she accepts. Against her better judgement, of course.

Now Ashley has all kinds of secrets and things are only going to get worse.

The Sinking Chef (Pot Love 2) is a light, enjoyable and easy to read romantic comedy. With Sylvia Ashby’s gift of humour there is plenty to laugh and smile about, but the book does have its serious moments.



“Oh wow – what a fabulous ending!  I actually had tears pricking my eyes.  I’m so happy for Ashley.  After all she’s been through in the course of the book, all the problems and insecurities… the ending was just perfect.”

Heather Belleguelle

Captivating read!! I found myself charmed by Ashley- all her flaws and insecurities kept me reading page after page.”

Celeste Rogers


‘Pot Love 2: The Sinking Chef’ is available from Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/Sinking-Chef-Pot-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B06ZYGMPLB


About Sylvia Ashby

Three random facts about me

I graduated university with a Graphic Design degree and spent my twenties working in advertising. Never did it occur to me that my degree would come in handy when I start publishing books.

In my early thirties, I was a shop owner. I owned four shops, one of which was in St. Christopher’s Place London W1. I was doing everything from buying the collections to submitting monthly PAYS. It was madness. I’m so glad the economy crashed in 2008 and I had to give up retail.

Then I started writing. It felt like the first conscious decision I’ve ever made in my life. I felt a sense of belonging. The thought “I could be doing this for the rest of my life” didn’t scare me half to death. Four years and four books later I still feel the same way. This is love, home and vocation wrapped in one.

My first book, Pot Love, was about food and love. My second, The Treachery of Trains, is about finding love in unlikely places. The third book I wrote is actually Pot Love‘s second instalment. It’s called The Sinking Chef (Pot Love Book 2) and in it my eponymous heroine Ashley is in even bigger trouble then she was in Pot Love. The two books are standalone and you don’t have to read them in order. My fourth is The Official Pot Love Series Cookbook and you can get it completely FREE.

Currently, I live in Leuven, Belgium with my family.



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Amazon author page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sylvia-Ashby/e/B00DK8M2NM


Guest Post by PJ Whiteley

Philip Whiteley

Back in March I hosted a guest post by PJ Whiteley as part of my Urbane Publications blog event.  He is now back with another post.


A question of subject matter

Guest blog by PJ Whiteley


Do you have to care about the interests of your characters to enjoy the book?

The issue occurred to me on holiday last month as I read Simon Says, by Daniel Gothard (declaring an interest, we have the same publisher, Urbane). The two main characters, Simon and Sean, watch a movie together several times a week, and their banter is peppered with quotes from their favourite films, most of which I haven’t seen (I watch a fair few movies, but I have a peculiar taste). This might have irritated me, but it didn’t. I think the reason is that the character Sean was smart and engaging: cool but with a big heart. He was the main reason I enjoyed the book, and the dialogue between the two lads was sharp.

This was reassuring to me, as my own novels, which could vaguely be defined as romcoms like Simon Says, also feature grown adults, mostly men, who have keen, near-obsessive interests. They are sports fans, so a necessary discipline for me is to keep the fan-talk to a minimum, and develop the human drama. ‘Most sports fans are men; most novel-readers are women,’ I’m often warned.

My riposte is that where a romantic comedy only features relationships and career choices they can become a bit bland. I want to have clashing world-views, commitment to a cause, or the fierce loyalty of tribe. Sport appeals because of the strong emotions it generates, and the parallels with real life that it can generate.

Not everyone would agree; not everyone will like my books, but that’s fine. That’s true of all authors. If the story engages, it soon won’t matter whether the main character’s passion is cricket, potholing or theoretical physics. Thousands of people read the 1990s non-fiction book Longitude, about the tale of an 18th-century clockmaker John Harrison. The book-buying population hadn’t suddenly become fascinated by the engineering of chronometers in their early years; they were hooked by a classic fable of the underdog overcoming formidable obstacles. And who, of all those who watched Erin Brockovich, can cite details on the particular corporate conspiracy that she exposed, and the underlying science?

It doesn’t matter what the subject is, it matters that the lead character cares about it. That’s what we have to show, as authors.


About PJ Whiteley

PJ Whiteley is an author. His first novel, Close of Play, published by Urbane Publications April 2015, was shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize. His second novel, Marching on Together will be published February 2017, also by Urbane.


Interview with Jane Lovering

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Last week I took part in a cover reveal post for Jane Lovering’s new book, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ which is out at the end of this month.  I now have for you all an interview I did with Jane recently in which I asked her about her novel, ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’, published last month.


Can you tell me a bit about ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’ please?

The main character is Winter Gregory, who has come to a small North Yorkshire town to write her ‘difficult second book’, and also to avoid her ex- boyfriend (also her editor), Daniel. They split up when he tried to drive a wedge between Winter and her identical twin sister Daisy. Whilst in Yorkshire, Winter befriends Scarlet, an eight year old girl, and Alex, the uncle who is bringing her up after the death of her mother. The book also stars a guinea pig called Bobso and Scarlet’s hobby horse, Light Bulb.


Is it part of a series and if so can your novels be read as standalones? 

My books are listed as ‘The Yorkshire Series’, but that’s more a convenience than anything.  They are all absolute standalones, with not so much as a character in common.  In fact, the only thing that runs through all of them (and therefore makes them a ‘series’) is the North Yorkshire countryside, although that does play a significant part in quite a few of the books, so might be termed a character in its own right, I suppose.


How long did it take you to write?

Well, I have a day job too, so can’t dedicate every second of my time to writing (although I suspect that, even if I could I’d spend most of the day on Facebook or Twitter, or websites with pictures of kittens, so it’s probably just as well).  So, it took me somewhere between six and nine months to write (I say ‘somewhere between’ because I am easily distracted by shiny things and kittens, so it was more like six months of constant writing, with three months built-in for kitten-staring).


Can you relate to any of your characters?

I’d have to say that I relate most closely to Scarlet, the eight year old.  I was an inveterate owner of guinea pigs and rider of hobby horses when I was young, so I understand that desire to have a pony and pets.  I can also relate to Winter, because it wouldn’t be much good me writing a main character that I basically didn’t understand, would it? Although it might be a good plot for a future book…


Do you jot down ideas as they come to you? 

Gosh, no, I am the world’s worst ever planner-in-advance, so if I ever had an idea I wanted to jot down, first I’d have to find a pen (and I have a puppy who’s eaten every Biro in the house, so it’s quite difficult to find anything that writes.  And there’s never a pencil. Ever.  I keep buying them and they keep disappearing, I’ve no idea where but I am looking quite hard at said puppy right now).  Then I’d have to find a notebook, of which there are thousands dotted around the place.  Having written the note I’d probably forget which notebook I’d written it in anyway.  Rubbish at forward planning, as I said.


How many books have you written in total?

Let’s discount the three full-length (and really really bad) books that I wrote when I was starting out, which I have now destroyed anyway for the good of mankind.  So I’ve written nine published novels, one of which is about to be re-released after a bit of a titivation, and two more which are hopefully coming out in due course. So that’s a grand total of fourteen books written, three which will never see the light of day (and quite right too. Let it be a lesson to everyone, just because you’ve written 85,000 consecutive words, does not mean it’s a book).


Have you got any other writing projects on the go?

I’m currently getting my ideas sorted out (for which read looking at astonishingly large numbers of pictures of kittens and eating biscuits) for my Christmas novella, and I’ve made a start on a new book, which is essentially a ghost story. Plus blogging (I blog every week, usually on a Sunday, unless kittens or biscuits have intervened).


Was it easy for you to get published?

<falls off chair, laughing>.  Er.  No.  My first UK published book (which, incidentally won Romantic Novel of the Year in 2012) was turned down by just about everyone, before Choc Lit picked it up and published it.  I’d been beginning to think I had whatever the literary equivalent of typhoid is.


What’s the best piece of advice you have been given about writing?

It’s read.  Read everything you can find, in every genre.  So many people think they will write hugely successful novels without having read anything since they were forced to read Lord of the Flies in Year 10.  Honestly.  Read.  Then read more.  If you don’t have time to read (seriously?  What else are you doing? Apart from kittens and biscuits, obviously) then there are audio books.


If you had the chance to live life all over again would you still write books?

I don’t think I have much choice, it’s all I’m any good at.  Apart from dressage riding, and I’m pretty rubbish at that too, come to think of it.


Who are your favourite authors?

The greatest of them all, Terry Pratchett, of course.  Jenny Colgan, Marian Keyes, Jim Butcher (I love the Dresden Files), Jane Austen, Kate Atkinson.  Also all my mates at Choc Lit, who consistently turn out books that become ‘new favourites’. For non-fiction I love Francis Pryor (he writes about the Bronze/Iron Age a lot) and Bill Bryson.


If you were only allowed to keep three items what would they be?

My suitcase full of photos of my children, my Kindle and some flipping Biros!


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Book Blurb

What if the one person you wanted to talk to wouldn’t listen?

Winter Gregory and her twin sister Daisy live oceans apart but they still have the twin thing going on. Daisy is Winter’s port in the storm, the first person she calls when things go wrong …

And things are wrong. Winter has travelled to a remote Yorkshire village to write her new book, and to escape her ex-boyfriend Dan Bekener. Dan never liked her reliance on Daisy and made her choose but Winter’s twin will always be her first choice.

She soon finds herself immersed in village life after meeting the troubled Hill family; horse-loving eight-year-old Scarlet and damaged, yet temptingly gorgeous, Alex. The distraction is welcome and, when Winter needs to talk, Daisy is always there.

But Dan can’t stay away and remains intent on driving the sisters apart because Dan knows something about Daisy …

I Don’t Want to Talk About It by Jane Lovering is now available to buy in paperback from all good book stockists and retailers.


About Jane Lovering

Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats and two dogs! She works in a local school and also teaches creative writing. Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first class honours degree in creative writing.

Jane writes romantic comedies which are often described  as ‘quirky’.

Her debut Please Don’t Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association.


Book Launch – ‘The Lavender of Larch Hall’ by Ruby Loren

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Today sees the publication of Ruby Loren’s book, ‘The Lavender of Larch Hall’, the first in a new series.  Read on to find out more about it.


Book Blurb

Historical researcher Emily Haversson and Mr Bumble (the cat) are at heritage site, Larch Hall, to go through some old records. They’ve only been there a day, when Emily discovers an old love letter which contains cryptic clues to a ‘legacy of love’ buried in the garden at Larch Hall. However, when she approaches the head gardener, Rob, to see what he makes of the clues, he expressly forbids her from digging up the garden. So when Rob discovers soil and lavender bushes strewn everywhere the next morning, he immediately accuses Emily. Only she knows the truth…

Someone else is hunting for the secret hidden beneath the lavender of Larch Hall!


About Ruby Loren

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Ruby Loren is an English writer whose work ranges from romantic comedies to mysteries. Often drawing from her real life experience of playing lead guitar and bass in rock bands, music is never far from her stories, and neither is the Sussex countryside where she grew up. A true slice of English romance is always served up in every novel she writes. They’re best read with a lovely cup of tea!

You can get updates on new releases by visiting my website (rubyloren.com), signing up for my newsletter, or liking my author page on Facebook: (facebook.com/rubylorenauthor)


‘The Lavender of Larch Hall’ is available to buy from Amazon:-



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