Welcome to the final day on Annie Lyons wonderful blog tour for her Not Quite Perfect novel.
I am honoured to have the final day and to have Annie here with me to share a wonderful piece that she has put together for us. (Book Bloggers get the tissues out!)
I also have the book blurb, links over to buy yourself a copy, and a little bit about author Annie herself. Shall we get started?
About author Annie Lyons.
After leaving university, Annie Lyons decided that she 'rather liked books' and got a job as a bookseller on Charing Cross Road, London. Two years later she left the retail world and continued rather liking books during an eleven-year career in publishing. Following redundancy in 2009 she realised that she would rather like to write books and having undertaken a creative writing course, lots of reading and a bit of practice she produced Not Quite Perfect. She now realises that she loves writing as much as coffee, not as much as her children and a bit more than gardening. She has since written another novel and has just released her third Dear Lizzie which is published by Carina and is availabe as an eBook. .She lives in a house in south-east London with her husband and two children. The garden is somewhat overgrown. One day she hopes to own a chocolate-brown Labrador named John and have tea with Mary Berry.
You can get in touch with Annie, and buy her work using the links below.
About Not Quite Perfect.
Sometimes having it all isn’t enough…
Emma has everything she’s ever wanted. Her boyfriend’s just proposed and her career has finally taken off. And so what if her latest client just happens to be downright gorgeous? She’s getting married. Isn’t she?
Rachel’s married with 2.4 children (well, actually, 3) and life is all about trying to leave the house in a non-stained top. Once it was about skinny cappuccinos, cocktails and dynamic ad agency meetings. She wants her old life back, but can it ever be the same?
A sparkling, funny tale of two sisters and how often you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
OK, so i'll leave you here and let the last words go to the lady who has given us this fabulous book. Thank you for joining us today on TBGWP.
Take it away Annie.
Read a book, change the world
I love books. I know you do too. They’re just brilliant aren’t they? Is there anything better than that moment when you’re twenty pages into a new book and you get that ticklish feeling in the pit of your stomach, a bit like falling in love. From that moment onwards it’s all-consuming. Washing is left unwashed, children have to fetch their own biscuits, the dog pees on the floor. It doesn’t matter; you have discovered a new story that needs to be read. This is important. The world must stop.
Of course, finishing this book that you love like a friend, can be tinged with sadness. You miss the story and the characters, you wonder what happened beyond that final page. There is a book-shaped hole in your life which you will probably fill with another book in time but for now, the best thing to do is to share the book. Tell everyone in the whole world that they have to read this book immediately! Their lives will be enriched and the world will be a better place. Hoorah.
When I was a bookseller, running the children’s section at a now sadly departed bookshop on Charing Cross Road in old London town, a book was published that caused a few ripples of excitement. It was pretty low-level to start with but there was enough buzz for us to notice that something was going on, something a bit magical (you’re ahead of me on this one, aren’t you? It’s because you read a lot and are excellent at guessing plots). So the boy wizard was on his way but the thing that set him on that path wasn’t a massive publicity campaign, it wasn’t million-pound advertising or clever algorithms; it was readers. It was readers who loved a book telling other people about this book and those people reading and telling and so on until the ripple became a tidal wave of enthusiasm.
Nowadays, sharing is much easier. It can be done almost immediately. Twitter, Facebook and a hundred other sites enable you to tell the world what you have read and how much you loved it. We are never lost for a recommendation, we will never struggle to find a book we like again. There’s a lot to sift through but by golly, we’re richer for it.
And then there are the book bloggers. Oh my stars! These unique and dedicated people, a swirling army of unpaid book lovers, so passionate and enthusiastic. They are the fuel of the book world, injecting it with energy and life.
Personally, I am in awe of
1) How quickly they read
2) How much they give
3) How much they know.
So, on the last stop of my Not Quite Perfect blog tour, I would like to take a moment to celebrate this amazing bunch. I would like to thank each and every one of them who has read and reviewed my books, hosted me on their blogs and given me a little of their precious time.
Book bloggers, I salute you. You are changing the world, one book at a time and we love you for it.