Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sprinkled with Kisses - Book Tour & Giveaway

 

The Cupcake Diaries:
Sprinkled With Kisses
By: Darlene Panzera
Releasing March 18th, 2014

Blurb               

Stacey McIntyre thinks she’ll pay off her debt in no time when Andi, Rachel, and Kim ask her to manage Creative Cupcakes’ stand on the beach. But selling cupcakes isn’t as easy as it seems. Especially when Dave Wright, the handsome owner of an ice cream truck proves he’s as determined as the dive-bombing seagulls to take away her sales.

Dave’s done with dating and done with beautiful, headstrong women like Stacey. Then the refrigeration on his truck breaks and instead of gloating, Stacey helps him out of a tight spot…and is rewarded with a kiss.

Now Stacey isn’t sure where they stand. Will Dave push her back into the role of rival? Or can she convince Mr. Wright that working together will lead to sweeter rewards?

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Who's Your Hero?
     "Make Your Dreams Come True" is the main theme for The Cupcake Diaries series, but before the main characters can succeed, they must overcome flaws in their identity and discover their self-worth. This is also true of Stacey McIntyre, the heroine of The Cupcake Diaries: Sprinkled with Kisses.

     After Stacey McIntyre's town was flattened by a tornado when she was fourteen, she and her parents moved around a lot. This made it hard for Stacey to form lasting friendships or get a date. She also became withdrawn, self-conscious, and awkward in social situations—never knowing what to say or how to act.

     Throughout the humorous tale, The Cupcake Diaries: Sprinkled with Kisses, Stacey dreams of being a confident, capable, take-charge type of woman like Kate Jones, the heroine from her favorite action-adventure novels by author DV Berkom. Whenever she finds herself in a jam or fearful situation, Stacey asks herself, "What would Kate do?"

     In the beginning of the story Stacey thinks, ' Kate Jones would be tempted to kick her whiny, fearful butt and tell her to stand up for herself and get a life. Except knowing what she should do and doing it were two different things. She simply wasn't Kate.'

     Stacey soon finds a smooth round rock, names it Kate, and places it on the counter of the cupcake stand to encourage her to be strong and courageous. And as Stacey faces challenge after challenge in her quest to sell cupcakes on the beach, she slowly begins to take on the heroic qualities she admires about her literary heroine. But when Creative Cupcakes puts Stacey in charge at the State Cupcake Competition and chaos erupts in the kitchen, will she be able to make the final transformation into the type of person she's always wanted to be?

     We often admire character traits in others that we ourselves would like to have. We eagerly buy magazines and newspapers with photos of beautiful Hollywood movie stars, top-level athletes, influential political figures, and the smartest, wealthiest, and most inspirational of society.

     Who do you most admire and why? Has anyone in your life inspired you to change for the better? Do you wear a bracelet, or keep a photo or physical object to represent admirable qualities you would like to embrace? I'd love to hear your comments!

About the Author
Darlene Panzera is the winner of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest sponsored by Avon Books. The win led her novella, The Bet, to be published with Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair. The award-winning novella (chosen in a blind-read by Debbie Macomber) was then published as a full length novel retitled, Bet You’ll Marry Me. Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, two horses, and loves: camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Look After You - Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Look After You
By Elena Matthews


The birth of your firstborn child is supposed to be the best day of your life, a joyous occasion. Well that’s what twenty-eight year old Ava Jacobson thought. That is until her life takes a drastic turn for the worse and her daughter is born three months earlier than planned, weighing only two pounds, two ounces. 

A distraught Ava is thrown into the deep end of motherhood and instead of being able to hold her baby like other moms, she has to sit back and watch her daughter fight for her life in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, while her fiancĂ©, Sebastian Gilbert is in the midst of a messy war in Afghanistan. Ava is left to pick up the pieces with the help of her only friend, Caleb Summers. 

When her vulnerable state hits an all time high, she finds solace in an unexpected pair of intense green eyes. Eyes that belong to her daughter's doctor, Ashton Bailey, and she falls, like she has never fallen before. However, for the sake of Sebastian she desperately tries to fight against her newfound feelings for Ashton, but eventually the pull between the two is so strong that it is impossible for her to stay away. 

Then when Ava is convinced things can't possibly get any worse, a cloud of blackness closes in on her as the secret demons of her past come back to haunt her, with news that will irreversibly shake her entire world forever. 

As Ava’s roller coaster ride she calls life begins to circle the drain, she quickly learns that even through the darkness of evil, there is always that one person who will look after you and have the ability to pull you away from the brink of no return, when nobody else can. 

About the Author:
Independent author Elena Matthews was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, where she lives with her other half, but even after eight wonderful years, she is still waiting for that epic proposal. Elena enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, especially her four-year-old niece, who is the apple of her eye. (A little monkey too!) Elena is positive she is the love child of Jekyll and Hyde. Thankfully, the joys of being an auntie, means she can hand her back to her mum and dad when she's all tired out! (Elena, not her niece.) 

Elena spent three years of her life at Salford University studying media production, to decide at the end of her degree she no longer wanted to pursue a career in the media. Instead, it took her another two and half years to realise her calling. Writing. Now she lives and breathes her writing. She even had to tell her colleagues at work whenever she is found daydreaming at her desk, it’s because she is conversing with her characters.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Promise at BlueBell Hill - Review & Giveaway




A Promise at Bluebell Hill
Valentine Valley Series
By Emma Cane

Welcome to Valentine Valley, where romance blooms and love captivates even the most guarded of hearts . . .

From the moment Secret Service agent Travis Beaumont strides into the town and through the door of Monica Shaw's flower shop, she feels a sizzle of attraction. After years of putting everyone else's needs first, Monica is ready to grab hold of life. If she can just persuade the ultimate protector to let his own walls down for once . . .
The President's son is getting married in Valentine Valley, and Travis should be avoiding all distractions . . . not fantasizing about a forthright, sexy-as-hell florist. Especially when she's keeping secrets that could jeopardize his assignment. But just this once, Travis is tempted to put down the rulebook and follow his heart—right to Monica's door.
Roses are red, violets are blue, and in Valentine Valley, love will always find you.

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Review by K.T Sullivan

Monica Shaw is a florist about to hit thirty in a small town. She’s not desperate to find a man, but her friends are pairing up and having children. She wishes them happiness and wishes to join their ranks. One day, a handsome stranger is walking in and out of all the businesses on her street. Good thing she decides to have lunch outside. She waves at to him and he walks up to her. He’s even better looking up close. A military precision air about him appeals to her. He’s pleasant, but never smiles. Travis Beaumont has set up a Secret Service detail at the local hotel. The President’s son is marrying Ashley Ludlow in two weeks. It promises to be the biggest happening in Valentine Valley ever, but it’s a secret. Travis hints about it to Monica because her shop is in a strategic location. The vantage point from her apartment window above her shop is perfect for watching the street. He asks her advice for a place for his team to unwind. She suggests a local bar. Hoping Travis will be there; she goes and dances with a guy from his team. Travis has put together files on everyone in the town and comes across a picture of Monica at a rally. She and others in the town have been outspoken advocates for environmental issues. When news of the President’s arrival is in the local paper, some see it as a perfect time to stage a protest. A cache of mammoth bones have been found and the ground needs to be protected. Travis will only be in town for a short time, but he and Monica can’t help their attraction. Will one of them blink so they can be together?

Monica is a fun character who carries a secret for her twin sister. She holds family and friends very close and dear. Travis tries to be the tough guy, but melts whenever Monica is near. They make a sweet couple. The older widows in the town continue to shock and entertain the residents. Light cute read.

This is the fourth book in a series. Many of the characters are recurring and it’s best to read the books in order.

Author Info
EMMA CANE grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies. Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Memory Child - Review & Giveaway


Review by Darcey Pickett

A story of love, happiness and the internal struggle of an expectant mother. 

Children bring happiness…Brian and Diane were living their dreams, successful and happily in love.  Diane finds out she is pregnant, and panic settles in.  Brian is thrilled a baby would make their lives complete.

Brian has been recently promoted and his new role takes him to London.  Diane also is moving along in her career, when she finds out she is pregnant.  Brian leaves for London; Diane is left to deal with her deals and internal struggle with her new pregnancy.  With the arrival of her daughter, she realizes what a blessing a child truly can be.

This was a very real story, dealing with some of the untold things some women struggle with while pregnant.  I enjoyed the journey, because of the realness and also that is was not a straightforward love story.  It was a story that had the twist and turns I crave while reading a book.  Ms. Holmes has a remarkable way of telling a story without leaving you feeling lost or empty inside.

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About the Author:
Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a bachelor’s degree in theology. She is the author of eleven novels and novellas, including Finding Emma, for which she was awarded a National Indie Excellence Book Award in 2012. She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters, and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Across the Pond (Part Two) - Promo & Giveaway

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Synopsis:

A Devastated Cambria returns home to Pasadena to deal with the consequences of her whirlwind relationship with Zander and the problems brought on by Carter's possessiveness. Their desperate actions have set into motion a sequence of events that will change their lives forever. The good girl meets bad boy tale of unexpected love and deception comes to its final conclusion.

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Across The Pond Part One:
Cambria Cosgrove is a successful fashion blogger from Pasadena, the land of sun and the famous Rose Parade. Unhappy in her marriage, Cambria has finally made the bold decision to leave her husband Carter in spite of her good catholic girl upbringing. She just dropped divorce papers on the kitchen counter this morning and hopped on a plane to London with her best friend. On their first night out in Notting Hill, Cambria meets an exotic, dark-haired musician by the name of Zander Slayne but Cambria has absolutely no desire in getting involved with another man, especially so soon after leaving her husband. Zander puts the Bad in Bad Boy with his various tattoos and smoldering looks. He is so not her type and besides, the ink isn't even dry on the divorce papers yet. But Zander is relentless. Meanwhile, back home in Pasadena, Carter is frantic and will do just about anything to get Cambria back. He's got problems of his own but focuses his attention on Cambria and refuses to believe she no longer loves him. **This erotic romance is for adults only** 

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Isabella Delvino is not your typical author. Although she spent her childhood outdoors and not with her nose in a book, she was always creating stories in her head. Her first 'publishing success' was winning a monthly writing contest for BOP magazine at the age of fifteen. It was a very short paragraph (about a certain boy band) but she won. No, she hasn't been writing ever since but hey, better late than never. Isabella graduated from The University of Southern California and has been a career Stay-At-Home mom for many years. She lives with her husband, two kids and three dogs in a suburb of Los Angeles. She's usually reading, watching the latest on Netflix or in the drive-thru line at Starbucks.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Cowboy of Valentine Valley - Review & Giveaway



The Cowboy of Valentine Valley 
Valentine Valley Series 
By: Emma Cane

Welcome to Valentine Valley, where the cowboys have many talents and love is waiting around every corner . . .

Ever since a heated late-night kiss—that absolutely should not have happened—cowboy Josh Thalberg makes former Hollywood bad girl Whitney Winslow's pulse beat faster. But when she decides to use his gorgeous leatherwork in her new upscale lingerie shop, Leather & Lace, she's determined to keep their relationship strictly professional . . . even if she wants so much more.
Josh has never met a challenge he isn't up for. Which is probably why he allowed Whitney to persuade him to take the sexy publicity photo that went viral—and now has every woman in America knocking down his door . . . every woman except the one he can't get out of his head.
But how to convince a reformed bad girl that some rules are worth breaking?

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Review by K.T Sullivan

Whitney Winslow is opening a new store in Valentine Valley. Leather and Lace will offer lingerie and leather jewelry. Josh Thalberg is a cowboy, leather craftsman, and stunning. He offers his work to different shops and works on his family’s ranch. He and Whitney have a history and are trying not to repeat it. This time it’s all business, except the stolen kisses and secret glances. They travel to Aspen to visit with another shopkeeper. Whitney pretends to be his agent. The woman asks to photograph Josh to help sell the leather bags. She suggests he pose with a few shirt buttons undone. The picture goes viral and a star is born. A Facebook page and fan websites sprout up. Josh hopes it will all die down soon. He’s surprised to find out who’s fanning the flames of his celebrity. His family is very close and live in the same town. Whitney’s is wealthy and not supportive of her store, but they arrive looking for her help. Leave all the lingerie behind and return to New York to run the family business. She’d hoped to be asked when she graduated from college, but was snubbed. Now, she likes her independence and loves Josh. Why are hard decisions so easy to make?

Whitney and Josh make a perfect opposites attract couple. The only thing they have in common is each other. The secondary characters, especially the older widows in the town, add humor and a sense of belonging. This is the third book in a series. They should be read in order. Earlier episodes are referred to in the book that impact Josh’s and Whitney’s relationship. Plus characters have dealings with the couple too. They were fleshed out in the earlier books. This a sweet read and the image of Josh’s picture provides plenty of heat. 

Author Info
EMMA CANE grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies. Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Brim Reaper - Excerpt & Giveaway

Blurb
When an over-the-top collection of vintage Hollywood costumes comes to Samantha Kidd’s hometown, it brings a hat box full of hype. Close friend Eddie is in charge of the exhibit but when hype turns to homicide, he turns to Samantha for help. Brimming with good intentions, she loops in the cops, but after one too many cloche calls, she’s soon in over her head. If she can tear the lid off the investigation, it might mean a feather in her fedora. And if she can’t? She might get capped.

Excerpt
"How’s the job search going?” he asked.
“How much do you think I could get for a dozen satin cargo pants from the mid nineties?”
“That well, huh?” Eddie flopped down on a pile of Bubble Wrap. A burst of popping sounds shot from under his tush while he rearranged his legs in front of him. He let out an exaggerated sigh.
“The main problem is my recent work history. I was a buyer at Bentley’s for ten years, which was great, but it feels like another lifetime ago. After that I moved here and worked at Tradava for a week. Six months later I worked at Heist for something like that too. So basically my resume makes me look like a flake.”
“I might have a lead for you. That’s why I wanted your help. I can’t pay you, but I thought I could be a reference. Give you something to fill in the gap in your employment until you find a job.” He kicked his feet out in front of him. “But it doesn’t really matter, I guess. This whole project has been trouble from the start. You showing up looking like an extra in a hip-hop video is just the icing on the cake.”
I ignored his dig. “Why would my outfit have anything to do with your project?”
“Because my project could very easily become your project.”
“I’m not following.”
“Your major was the history of fashion, right? This exhibit encompasses that. We’re getting loans from some of the best private collections of clothing in the tri-state area, along with a couple of local hat stores and one designer from Hollywood.”
I leaned forward. “The museum’s putting on an exhibit on the history of fashion? Here, in Ribbon? You’re in charge of it? The whole thing? I would love to be involved with something like this, but my experience is in retail buying, not visual.”
“That’s where the opportunity comes in. I’m in charge of the installation. I’m giving you a foot back inside the door.”
“So why’s my outfit a problem?”
“I need you to be my liaison with the sponsor.”
“Who’s the sponsor?”
“Tradava.”
Tradava. The local department store that had promised me a job but delivered a homicide investigation—and then sent me a very polite letter that said they were dismantling the very department I’d been hired to work in.
As soon as I heard the name of the store, I tensed. I turned away from Eddie and pushed my fingers into my long brown hair, boosting the roots, while delivering a mental pep talk at the same time. Tradava would be lucky to get me back.
“You’re the curator?”
“Guest curator. More like exhibit merchandiser. Last year the museum sponsored a visual competition between a few different retailers. Tradava won. The prize was the chance to guest curate an exhibit. It took a while for the board of directors to agree on the exhibit concept and for the director to obtain loans from collectors, but once they green-lighted it, I’ve been on an almost impossible deadline. If you’re looking for something to tear you away from your job search, I could use your help coordinating the exhibit.”
“Maybe I should forget about Tradava. Maybe what happened is a sign that I shouldn’t work for them.”
“Sign-schmign. You need a job. They’re hiring. Sounds like a match to me.”
“You don’t believe in signs?”
“I believe in stop signs and sale signs. Everything else is woo-woo.”

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Diane Vallere is living proof that you can redesign your life with a little know how and a lot of determination! After close to two decades working for a top luxury retailer, she traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder, now juggling three different mystery series: Style & Error, featuring former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd; Mad for Mod, featuring Doris Day-loving interior decorator Madison Night; and the upcoming Material Witness series, featuring Polyester Monroe and the fabric shop she inherited. Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since. Find her at http://www.dianevallere.com/.


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Storm Front - Blurb Tour & Giveaway


Storm Front
The Charistown Series #2
By: Lisa N. Paul
Released Jan 2013

Blurb
The Darker the Storm, The Deeper the Pain...

Love knows no bounds when two people are destined to be together. One fights to maintain the distance; while the other battles to close the gap.

The Brighter the Light at the End…

Will they move forward together or finally close the last remaining door to their past?
It’s time for Ryan and Ashley to decide. But once that decision is made, there will be no going back…

Always Reach for the Light…


A Neighborhood bar where old wounds heal, friends become family, and some…become lovers…
Danny’s on Main is where their story continues… Where they all shelter each other during the…



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Lisa N. Paul is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, reader, writer, blogger, and self-proclaimed comedian—just not always in that order.  Ever since she was a little girl, she has devoured books. Falling in love with the Sweet Valley High series at a young age drew Lisa to series books and inspired her to write her own. Thursday Nights is the first book in her Charistown series.
When not writing, Lisa can be found eating french fries and Godiva raspberry truffles, or hanging out with her husband and two sons.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

I Know You're There - Review & Giveaway

Blurb:
Jill Bradley is a twenty-four-year-old nurse whose life is going great; she has established herself in her new career and she’s looking forward to getting engaged to her high school sweetheart. But faced with a watershed moment, she has to deal with simultaneous family tragedy, injury, and betrayal, and feels it’s way too much to cope with. In a moment of despair, Jill books a trip to a Caribbean island in an effort to escape. While she finds respite and romance, her problems have also packed their own suitcase.

Helen Bradley, Jill’s mother dedicated her entire life to her family like many mothers in the 1970’s and 80’s. Despite her best efforts, however, she hasn’t always been able to be the type of mother she wished she could be. She has a secret she was hoping would just go away, but it won’t. If she doesn’t share it with Jill it might bring her daughter more harm.


I Know You’re There is a mother-daughter journey, celebrating the highs and delving into the lows of family life. Can the power of love heal all things?

Review by K.T Sullivan

Over two months in 1995, a mother and daughter, suffer much loss. In alternating chapters, Helen and Jill, her daughter, tell their stories. Jill, a nurse, has been severely injured in a car accident. Worse, the passengers in the other car died, leaving their newborn an orphan. Helen has been diagnosed with cancer, but doesn’t want to burden her recovering daughter. By Christmas, Helen has died and her husband is seeing another woman. Jill decides, on the spur of the moment, to go away. She travels to Triton Island with her mother’s journal to keep her company. Helen’s spirit travels with her, hoping Jill will fully recover from her physical and emotional wounds. She meets a man and begins to regain some of what she’s lost.

The title is telling to anyone who has lost a parent. Jill senses her mother’s presence and feels comforted by it. At any age, the death of a parent is jarring. The child is adrift without the love, support, and true anchor. Jill is in her twenties and still needs her mother’s advice. The discovery of the journal helps her to heal and move on. This is a quick read and seems to be a tribute to the author’s mother. A fitting one too.

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Sue Allison-Dean is a nurse who retired from traditional practice in 1999, after working 13 years as a Wound, Ostomy, Continence Clinical Nurse Specialist.  She found a second career in gardening after working in a garden center and completing an organic gardening internship at Highgrove Garden in England.  She now co-owns Naturescapes with her landscape designer husband, Robert.  She has authored several clinical and horticulture articles and was a contributing author to the bestselling book, Touched By A Nurse.  She is passionate about the sea and loves exploring tropical islands.  She extends this passion by doing volunteer work benefitting dolphins and whales.  Sue splits her time between Armonk, New York and Cary, North Carolina, with her husband and English bulldog, Bubba. 


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Tiny Acts of Love - Dream Cast & Giveaway

Surviving motherhood? It's all about having the right support network.

Lawyer and new mum Cassie has a husband who converses mainly through jokes, a best friend on the other side of the world, and a taskforce of Babycraft mothers who make her feel she has about as much maternal aptitude as a jellyfish.

Husband Jonathan dismisses Cassie’s maternal anxieties, but is he really paying attention to his struggling wife? He’s started sleep talking and it seems there’s more on his mind than he’s letting on. Then sexy, swaggering ex-boyfriend Malkie saunters into Cassie’s life again.
Unlike Jonathan, he ‘gets’ her. He’d like to get her into bed again, too…

And on top of all her emotional turmoil, she also finds herself advising a funeral director on ghost protocol and becomes involved in an act of hotel spa fraud, never mind hiding cans of wasp spray all over the house to deal with the stalker who seems to be lurking everywhere she looks. Marriage and motherhood isn’t the fairytale Cassie thought it would be. Will her strange new world fall apart around her or will tiny acts of love be enough to get her through?

Funny, perceptive and real, Tiny Acts of Love portrays the rawness of motherhood, the flipside of love and the powerful lure of paths not taken.

Tiny Acts of Love Dream Cast

Today I’ve been given the exciting task of deciding on a dream cast for the principal characters in Tiny Acts of Love! So here goes:

Cassie

Cassie is a young lawyer, and the lead character in the novel. She’s just had her first baby, and she’s trying to find out who she is, now that she’s a mother, and a wife who’s a mother, and has stepped back with her career. She frets a lot and has a tendency to catastrophise. But she also knows how to laugh at herself, which is her saving grace.

I think Amy Adams would be perfect to play Cassie. Here she is:


My two little girls and I have been watching the DVD of Enchanted (purchased in desperation in the supermarket one rainy day at half term!) It’s a modern day princess story set in Manhattan, affectionately poking fun at Disney classics like Cinderella and Snow White. Amy plays the lead and she reminds me of Cassie, as she’s got that wide-eyed, innocent look going on, but with wicked, tongue-in-cheek humour underneath. I also like her because she’s very beautiful, but warm and real-looking, too.

Jonathan

Jonathan is Cassie’s husband, and quite a complicated soul. When Janne from my publishers suggested Benedict Cumberbatch to play him, I wasn’t sure to begin with because he didn’t fit my idea of Jonathan physically. In my mind, Jonathan is sturdier and more heavily set (though he also has dark hair and is tall). I was convinced, however, after carefully studying the photos in this hilarious article which Janne found!


Photo number 3, in particular, is very Jonathan! And in terms of character, it would be a perfect match. Jonathan has a streak of arrogance, and will always think he’s the most intelligent person in the room. But there’s vulnerability underneath that. He doesn’t like to show his emotions (something which infuriates Cassie!) but they’re definitely there, having an effect on his actions and reactions. Benedict would be brilliant at bringing that out. With his understated, dead pan humour, he would also be devastatingly good at delivering some of Jonathan’s comic lines.

Malkie

Malkie is Cassie's long lost first love, who appears out of the blue - working at her law firm - when she returns from maternity leave. He’s a bit of a bad boy come (sort of) good, but with vulnerability underneath all that, too. His charm is that he’s very intuitive  – he ‘gets’ Cassie like no-one else does.

I knew straight away who would play him! Imagine Ewan McGregor's Renton from Trainspotting, ten or fifteen years on, all cleaned up, with a sharp suit and a good job. That would be Malkie. 

This picture, in particular, is very Malkie!


Dita

Dita is Jonathan’s mum. She’s a lovely character, emotionally available and very supportive of both Jonathan and Cassie, as well as being a doting grandmother to baby Sophie. Sometimes she can be a little too open, and always seems to puts her foot in it with the ultra-competitive, right-on Babycraft group.

I would cast Barbra Streisand in this role!


I’m thinking, in particular, of Barbra playing Roz, Ben Stiller’s embarrassingly open but endearing mum in Meet the Fockers.

I hope you enjoyed meeting my dream cast for Tiny Acts of Love. It was great fun choosing them!

About the Author:
Lucy Lawrie was born in Edinburgh, and gained an honours degree in English Literature from Durham University before going on to study law. She worked as a lawyer in Edinburgh for several years, specialising in Employment and Pensions law. When Lucy was on maternity leave with her first baby, she unearthed a primary two homework book in which she’d stated, in very wobbly handwriting: ‘I want to be an AUTHOR when I grow up.’ To appease her six-year old self, she began writing her first novel.

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