The Last Dance- Book Tour

Hello everyone

So today is my turn to host the newly released The Last Dance by Aimee Brown (see previous blog posts for The Lucky Dress cover reveal and author interview) on her blog book tour- I feel privileged to be apart of it 🙂

 

 

Can you truly forgive and forget?

 

Ambri and Henry have been best friends forever. They’ve been through the highs and lows of life with each other by their sides. The worst? When Henry’s wife, and Ambri’s sister, died. Together, they can face it all. Until one night destroys everything.

Two years after he stepped out of it Henry walks back into Ambri’s life and she’s more than a little shocked. But as old friends fall into even older habits they need to decide whether they can forget the past and embrace their future.

Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult and Anna Bell.

About the author

 

Aimee Brown is a writer of romantic comedies set in Portland, Oregon, and an avid reader. She spends much of her time writing, raising three teenagers, binge-watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal. Aimee grew up in Oregon, but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets. She is a lot older than she looks and yes, that is a tattoo across her chest. (In the Portlandia spirit, yes, I lived many years in PDX and I do indeed have a bird tattooed on me (2!)) Aimee is very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello! 

Follow Aimee:  

Facebook: @authoraimeebrown

Twitter: @AimeeBWrites

 

Buy links:

 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RwEKAx

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2JyVngz

iBooks: https://apple.co/2Jwhrbx

Writing The Last Dance

 

I lived in Portland Oregon for many years in my twenties. It’s a city so near and dear to my heart. It seemed as if there was always something to do whether it was a dreary, rainy day, or a sunfilled heatwave. I loved walking the streets with my family and stumbling upon new and exciting places that you can’t find when you’re speeding by in your car. That was a lot of my inspiration on heavily filling this book with the Portland setting. I wanted the reader to feel like they are there and when theyclose it at the end, I want them to have that memory of just spending some time in my favorite city ever.

This book is especially close to my heart as I’ve spent quite a lot of time at one of the main settings in the story, The Crystal Ballroom. I’ve been to many, many concerts there (& other places in town), as well as 80’s night a time or two. So, writing some of the bigger scenes there was so much fun and brought back so many amazing memories.

I guess with that said this book contains a lot of me and my love affair with the city. I even weaved in some of my own personal stories like when Ambri mentions her only claim to fame is her once touching Justin Furstenfield. That was me. I did that. And truly had I not been in my late twenties (or maybe even early thirties) I might have never washed my hand again. I may or may not crush on him still to this day.

Portland can be magical, yet a ridiculously weird city. I think that’s what makes it such fun. You just never know what you’re going to run into whether it be the naked bike ride or the Unipiper dressed as Darth Vader with flames coming from his bagpipes. Every day is different, exciting, and of course, weird.

If you’ve never been to Portland, I highly suggest it. Not only do they have one of the most popular bookstores in the world, Powell’s (which I’ve spent many an hour roaming through) but the atmosphere is just as fun as The Last Dance makes it seem. You definitely won’t be disappointed when you visit the city I consider one of my favorites.

Thankyou again for letting me on your tour and congratulations on publication 🙂 Can’t wait to read it

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Peanut Butter and Rice Crispy Balls

Hello!

Long time since shared a recipe :S but want to share this one to kick start back the gluten free baking (actually this one doesn’t require any baking)

Peanut butter rice crispy balls!! Yummy and so simple to do! Many thanks to tasty Facebook video for the recipe idea 🙂

Ingredients needed:

1 cup peanut butter (either smooth or crunchy)

1 cup icing sugar

2 cups of rice crispys (I left Uncrushed but I’d crush then 1 cup)

1/2 cup butter

200g milk chocolate

Method

1) Mix both peanut and normal butter

2) Stir in the powdered sugar and rice crispys

3) Roll into a ball and put in fridge for at least 30mins (I left for an hour)

4) Melt the chocolate

5) Dip ball into the chocolate (can use a stick or drop and fork out)

6) Put back in fridge for at least an hour or longer

They don’t last long due to having just the one turn into having more- well they do have a lovely crunch and a rich taste 🙂

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

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Camp Nano- Week 4

Hello everyone 🙂

So the end is near! Last week of nano – it’s gone so quick! But guess what? I won!!!!

2nd year now I have finished it 😀 so happy!

This week I wrote 1,172 words and completed my 5k goal.

I really enjoyed it this time as I interacted more in the cabin and participated in a virtual write in 🙂

Now I can relax for the few remaining days of camp- maybe roast some marshmallows over the fire or have a camp sing song… maybe take the canoe out 😀

Or start typing it all up :s I handwritten it all (nearly finished both sci fi stories due in June-just hope at least one of them gets picked to be published)

I do feel I’m writing everyday and will try to keep this routine going 🙂

How’s your camp progress?

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Coeliac Disease- 4 years on

Hello everyone 🙂

Today 4 years ago I was diagnosed with coeliac disease and so thought I would make an awareness post in light of it.

I remember going to the doctor as I felt extremely tired most days and lots of yummy trouble – something just felt off and felt like a zombie so had bloods taken for it to show positive levels for coeliac. I was then sent to have an endoscope to confirm it.

The endoscope was an awful experience as I got so worked up beforehand but to anyone going to go through it have a double throat spray and take deep breaths as once it’s passed the gagging point it’s not pleasant but it’s over quick- I remember watching it on screen and felt them take the biopsy.

Few weeks later I had an appointment at the outpatients for the results and was shocked at the image he showed me – he showed me a normal villi what it looked like and then mine- completely flat- no wonder why felt awful as nothing was really being absorbed 😦 he gave me a few websites and back then you could get prescription for gluten free food so told me how to do this but it was all overwhelming.

So my gluten free diet started and it was a minefield figuring out what can and can’t have and checking ingredients- cakes are so expensive so I now bake my own but the thing I miss is bread- gluten free bread is crap it’s small and most brands fall apart once you touch it!

So many foods have wheat flour in its silly- sausages and chips included! Why wheat flour on chips chips are just potato and oil!!!! The most sneaky is barley malt extract- some can tolerate others cannot and so far depending on what it is I can have some but rather avoid all together.

Gluten is found in wheat, barley rye to name a few.

All my baking recipes are gluten free and you can see baking cakes is cheaper and come up much bigger then flat small store ones

Companies do sent out free starter packs and this is good to try and see what you like and find out some brands are better than others.

I did have membership to coeliac uk and they send out s directory of all foods that are safe and was great for a newly diagnosed but as the years go by you know what to look for so I now don’t need one- would advise to get one when you first start out.

A side affect to coeliac is lactose intolerance- first three months I had this and now every now and then it flairs up 😦 and due to coeliac I had osteoporoia to now osteoporosis due to absorption problems

I have yearly checkups to see if my level are ok and this year it’s normal meaning the gluten free diet is working and my villi is healing 🙂 I also have 3 monthly infusions for my osteoporosis and hope to have another dexa scan soon to see if it has improved 🙂

Gluten intolerant is different to coeliac- being intolerant doesn’t damage your body and i know people that are and still every now and then eat normal food and deal with the ill symptom later whereas I can’t as my body will attack itself and all the hard work of repair goes.

Coeliac is an autoimmune disease not an allergy!!! My immune system will attack itself and damage lining. I hope I have now drummed that into people and can fill this page just saying it! I get that intolerance isn’t nice and an allergy is nothing to laugh at either but all three are different

It’s not a choice or a fashion thing – and no cross contamination is an issue as yes a crumb to some can be damaging! It’s like telling someone who cannot have peanuts only one won’t hurt!

When I accidentally gluten myself I suffer for nearly two weeks of headaches, stomach aches, tummy issues, tiredness and major brain fog – imagine having all that for ages just because of gluten

coeliac uk have a “is it coeliac” assessment on their website https://isitcoeliacdisease.org.uk/but of course go to the drs if want more advise and medically diagnose

1 in 100 people in the UK get diagnosed but some get missed and diagnosed with IBS as symptoms are similar- a simple blood test will confirm antibodies in the system and of course a gut biopsy

It is a life long condition and no cure so far apart from a gluten free diet.

So yes happy 4 year anniversary to my diagnosis and hope this has helped give out some awareness to this disease that isn’t rare but quite common

Coeliac awareness week starts 13-19th May so will add more info and more gluten free recipes around then

Any questions feel free to ask!

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Garden Diary- April

This month has been a busy one for the garden!

The rockery at the front has progressed! The Alyssums have bloomed giving a nice yellow colour to the greenery 🙂

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The saxifarge has also started to bloom!

I treated myself to some red and white geraniums and repotted them into two pots- one for the front and one for the back garden. Also got some Bleeding Hearts that I will plant in the next few weeks.

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I finally cleared the white bag we had at the bottom of the garden for months! Then it got refilled then cleared again!

The greenhouse plants are growing well- even the chillies!!!IMG_6320.jpg

The raspberry is flowering and the potatoes are growing 😀

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Jess and Will helped with some gardening and planted some cosmos and mixed flowers 🙂 oh and Big Max the pumpkin (Wanted to have our own this year)

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The big news though is that we have a new fence!!!!! 😀 😀IMG_5372IMG_5482

Then Hubby and Bro-in-law have started digging out the big stump in the far corner from the old tree we took down last year.

I cleared out most of the border of the new fence so we can start planting 🙂

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I have started to repot the tomatoes and sown some Rocket, Chard and Lettuce. I have also created an instagram account for all things gardening! Its called Jennys Garden Adventures 🙂

I got digging and dug out some mini stumps and roots- still many more left but its looking clearer.

Hubby planted some garlic late last year and we finally harvested it the other day and used it in our Bolognaise 😀

Phew alot has happened this month! Love that Spring is now here and have many more exciting things planned 😀

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Camp Nano- Week 3

Hello everyone!

This week I haven’t wrote anything until yesterday – 777 words 😀

So overall total is now 4, 076- so close to the 5k goal for camp!

I have also started my 2nd sci fi short story to enter with my other one for the anthology- and im halfway through the 1st one 😀 Also got through a few more plot holes!

I have been sorting out my notepads this week and enjoying the Easter Holidays- also nearly finished reading my book.

So a quick update from me- need to write a few blog posts this week so keep an eye out! The next final camp update (how is it nearly finished already?) will hopefully include a camp badge 😀 only 924 words to go…..

Hows your camp nano going?

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Camp Nano- Week 2

So this week I have done well- im nearly half way through the short story and added bits to my other WIPS 🙂

I have for the short story wrote it all so far in my notebook- first time I have hand written a story (just hope can understand my awful writing to copy onto laptop)

The other day I wrote the most words in one sitting 😀

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So this weeks total is: 1,080 words

Overall total is: 2827 words

So far so good! Need to keep going as im starting to feel that whatever I write is rubbish and losing the fizz of the story/plot holes to sort out in the other WIPs- but something is better than nothing and that’s what editing is for!

I am hopefully next month going to a writers meetup! So excited to meet fellow local authors 😀

Also next month im in a blog tour for a new book release!- more to follow soon 😀

Right im off to explore camp/roast marshmallows and do some book research!

Hows your nano coming along?

x

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Camp Nano- Week 1

So after last camps success I thought to do it again this year 😀

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I started with a new WIP I had a few weeks ago (Another murder mystery) but then Writers Unite announced a new call for submissions for a sci fi anthology- and so this project has then taken over camp nano!

Still thinking of a title but so far I am enjoying the story and even though had a few plot holes they quickly got resolved.

Week 1 has been good with the word count so far and now halfway through the short story 😀 The cabin I am in so far has been very chatty and fun too!

Day 1 I had my 3 monthly infusion but it didnt stop me from putting some word down.

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Word count for this week: 1,461 so far

Would have been more but the last two days had alot on and anxiety issues didnt help – plus lots to sort out before the fence company tomorrow!

Looking forward to seeing what progress next week will be!

Are you doing camp nano this year? How are you finding it?

x

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Garden Diary

So I thought because I share my other hobbies of baking and gardening on my page but blog more baking and writing I had an idea of once a month diary of what I get up to with the garden 😀

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So here is the 1st entry!

What I have done this month – MARCH

I started half of my seeds- Tomato, Cherry Tomato, X2 chilli (Cheyenne and Jalapeno), Garden Peas, Cucumber (Crystal Lemon), Pepper, Parsley, Coriander, Basil, Strawberry, Sunflower, Potatoes, Nasturtium and Snap dragons. I started them off on the windowsill then once germinated moved to the greenhouse- yep thats right I treated myself to a 3 propagators and makeshift greenhouse 😀 It survived the Gale we had!

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I also trimmed all the herbs and brought another raspberry cane so now have two 🙂 I brought some daffodils and repotted them as thought have annual in pots and perennial in the ground….

We booked in for a new fence next month so started cutting down the foliage – plus its where I want my flowers/ veg patch 😛

Williams apple seeds are growing nicely- wasnt sure if they would take but they did!

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The Garden peas are now needing support so made a little bamboo triangle. I will put some netting on them too as just bamboo wont help.

The potatoes are doing very well (started last month) and one pot is now up to the top and cannot top up and cover with more soil now…

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We also made a bee drinking station 😀

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Here are the crystal lemon seeds- only two of six have grown so far…IMG_3872

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Corriander looking good!

I have learnt lots this month -more soil if a plant gets leggy (top it up to the first set of leaves) and that after the 2nd “true” leaves that is when you can repot into bigger pots or into the ground. Its my first time growing tomatoes from seed! For potatoes I learnt to leave them until sprouts come off them (chitting) then cover with little soil- topping up each time see leaves until top of the pot (~they are now!)

Also if you gently stroke the plant it makes their stems stronger as they think they are in the wind! 😀

Loving the full up greenhouse! IMG_3871

Exciting!

🙂

 

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*Author Interview-Tammera Cooper*

Hello everyone!

How is it nearly the end of March?? So today we have an interview with Tammera 🙂

Tell us a bit about your book

Drenched Sunflowers, my debut novel, is the story of a young widow starting over in a small Southern town. It has mystery, romance, and a ghost. It is part 1 of a trilogy.

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What would say is the genre for your book?  Southern Fiction

 

Where did the inspiration come from? I was watching a documentary in 2014 about the Underground Railroad along the North Carolina Coast including Washington NC. My brain started thinking of all the people who lived and walked the streets of Washington before us. What would happen if someone found artifacts and a ghost in an old house they were renovating? The Water Street Chronicles were born.

 

How did you come up with the title for your book? Drenched Sunflowers is symbolic of the code flowers that were used to warn runaway slaves before the Civil War.  They warned freedom seekers that there were too many eyes around and the area should not be approached.

 

How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total? I worked on the novel for four years.  There were so many drafts. When I started, I never dreamed of working with an editor.  Last year I made it happen and found a wonderful editor, Jeni Burns.  It went through two rounds of edits, and the final was ready.  Of course, I set a date for the release date thinking that proofreading, etc. would take place quickly and problem free.  Then Hurricane Florence hit.  Power outages and internet issues caused a lot of issues.  I rushed the release.  In hindsight, I realize that my readers would have understood.  The second edition has just been released to correct the errors that my readers informed me about.

 

Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?  Beth is based on my experience as a young widow.  Living in the small town that I placed the story, I had to be careful not to use people I know.  My fiancé swears that he is Sam.

 

How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?  I had a signing at the museum in town, The Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum. I loved how supportive everyone was.  There was a blog tour online. My family went out for sushi and breathed a sigh of relief.

 

Would you care to give us an extract?

BETH PEERED INTO THE DARKNESS, blinking to focus while confusion

took hold. An unfamiliar shed with a dirt floor? Water came

into the building from an unseen source. It flowed with force,

holding her feet fast to the ground. She couldn’t move. Panic

overtook her senses. She willed her feet to move, but they were as

stuck as if they were in hardened concrete. The water became

deeper. She heard a noise from the corner of the room.

A young black woman holding a bundle close to her, her eyes

huge with fear, huddled in the shadows. Beth’s eyes started to

adjust to the darkness. The girl was dressed in a long cotton

gown. Her hair wrapped with a scarf. She tried to speak, but her

mouth wouldn’t form the words. We have to get out of here. The

shed boards creaked against the strain of the water. It was going

to collapse. We have to get out. The young girl waded toward the

door. She pushed on the latch, but it was locked on the outside.

She began to scream. She banged on the door, but it only made

the building sway. The water sloshed at Beth’s waist now. The

beams supporting the roof gave way. Beth tried to dodge the

pieces as they fell, but her body refused to respond. A beam broke

free. Everything went black.

 

 

How do you beat writer’s block? Any tips? If the words aren’t flowing, I will read romance or thrillers. Another activity that breaks through the funk is writing a blog for my website, www.SouthernRomanceOnThePamlico.com. I write about whatever inspires me there.  Sometimes I will write short stories based on my characters.

 

Do you have any hobbies apart from writing? I love photography. My pics on Instagram make great writing prompts.

 

When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser? Definitely a pantster

 

Do you have any advice for fellow writers? Write every day. Even if its just a sentence during lunch break.  It will keep your brain working.

 

If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?

Beth-Clair Forlani

Sam- Chris O’Donnell

Brad-Dan Rengering

Selah-Halle Berry

Abram-Idris Elba

 

 

I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it? I have two projects on my plate right now: edits for Book 2 Sleeping Mallows, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44020669-sleeping-mallows?from_search=true, and finishing up The Water Street Chronicles in Waning Honeysuckle.

Sleeping Mallows turned out better than I expected and I can’t wait to share it with you. Savanna McCormick is a strong woman working as a cadaver dog handler.  She arrives in Washington NC to help Deputy Tim Whitaker solve the case that falls on his desk in Book 1.

 

Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?

 

Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Tammera-L-Cooper/e/B07JFLYKRJ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1539918767&sr=8-1

 

Barnes and Nobles  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drenched-sunflowers-tammera-l-cooper/1129748644?ean=9781732866102

 

Kobo  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/drenched-sunflowers?utm_campaign=shopping_feed_us_en&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=CjwKCAjwmJbeBRBCEiwAAY4VVYpMKRp2YiyTmDUtnXYOHshmpmCAQYf4NxoNkfjyT7VoArInLIBLXxoCfRkQAvD_BwE

 

Book Depository (European and UK orders)     https://www.bookdepository.com/Drenched-Sunflowers-Tammera-L-Cooper-Jeni-Burns/9781732866102?fbclid=IwAR0z_nJspet3YkE7y9UILvjty7At5PrbgXHb-RSHCW72Zf_iKY_i8XI6X64

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Many thanks- Look forward to reading this 🙂 Thankyou for taking part!

IMG_8356 (3)Tammera Cooper is a self-published Southern author, currently working on the final book of the Water Street Chronicles. She currently lives in North Carolina by the Pamlico River with her fiancé, enjoying their own Happily Ever After. Her own life’s challenges inspire her stories of overcoming life’s tough patches with love.

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