Blog Tour: Come Sundown | Nora Roberts

My Review:

This is the first book by Nora Roberts that I have read, and after hearing so much about her and her novels I was excited to try this one out. I must admit I was nervous as well at first because I don't do too well with crime elements in books but I was willing to give this one a go because of the cowboy/ranch/romantic element to it which is something I LOVE.

One thing I would like to point out first is that there are an awful lot of characters and names to keep track of. I don't know if this was because I have never read a Nora Roberts novel before and that is her usual style but I found myself getting confused sometimes. I found myself muddled up with who was talking to who sometimes, and it left my head in a bit of a tizz. Now I don't have problems following a wide range of characters and names, even strange names, I read fantasy for goodness sake, so I am well trained. But for some reason I just couldn't keep track some of the time. 

I found the romantic ranch side of things lovely, and i liked how the romance slowly built. but, the crime elements weren't for me which i had a feeling they wouldn't be. It took me longer to read this book than I thought I would because I kept on having to put it down and have a breather because the crime elements where a little too much for me. That is no fault to Nora Roberts and her skills as a writer, it's just me, and I can honestly say I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to such things.

Overall thought it was a good read, and it was clear to me why Nora is one of the best and why she is so admired by her many fans.

It was a skillfully written story, with plenty of story arcs to keep a reader gripped. If you like drama, romance and a thrilling crime arc then I highly recommend this book. But if you are a big wimp like me then you may want to stay clear.

A perfect book for those love a big thrill with their romance.

I gave this book. 7/10

BLURB:

Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen... COME SUNDOWN
Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family's resort in Western Montana, there just aren't enough hours in the day - for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn't have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time...
But when a young woman's body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine's family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine's Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice's mysterious disappearance?
As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth - before the sun sets on their future together.


About the Author:

Nora Roberts is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels and there are 300 million copies of her books in print. Under the pen name J. D. Robb, she is author of the New York Times bestselling futuristic suspense series, which features Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.


Blog Tour: Confetti at the Cornish Café | Phillipa Ashley

Today folks, is my turn on the official blog tour for 'Confetti at the Cornish Café' by Phillipa Ashley. I am lucky enough to give you an extract from this fabulous book so you can get a feel of just how wonderful it really is.

EXTRACT:

Good morning and …

I reach out my hand to turn off the radio alarm and I hit something else. Not the cold metal of the radio, but warm skin … hairy skin … and I know it’s not my dog, Mitch, because the skin next to me has smooth, firm muscle beneath it: human, not canine.

‘Are you awake, Demi?’

At the sound of his voice, I open my eyes and Cal’s face comes into focus in the dim light of this late February morning. Propped up on one elbow, he smiles down at me as I slowly surface from a deep sleep in our bed. Yes, our bed. Mine and Cal’s. It’s been over eight weeks since I moved into the main farmhouse with him but I still have to pinch myself when I think of all that’s happened since I arrived at Kilhallon Park last Easter.

Cal Penwith was – still is – my boss, but he’s also now, my … ‘boyfriend’? That makes him sound like we’re still at school and ‘partner’ sounds as if we’re sharing an office in an accountancy firm. ‘Lover’? Definitely, but also much more than that. I suppose we’re officially ‘a couple’. Christmas marked the turning point in our relationship and we not only share the same bed now but the same home and, perhaps, some of the same hopes and fears.

‘Were you dreaming?’ Cal asks, amusement glinting in his deep brown eyes. That look may seem charming and sexy but I know it hides a world of danger. You might as well bathe in the still waters of Kilhallon Cove on a summer’s day and think they could never rise up and batter you onto the rocks as believe that Cal Penwith isn’t trouble.

‘Um, I thought I was back in the cottage, and that the alarm had gone off.’

He smiles a mischievous smile. ‘Ah, but I’m your alarm now.’ He dances his fingers towards the top of the duvet. ‘And I’m a lot more fun to wake up with than Radio St Trenyan.’

I huff and hesitate before replying, to tease him, although he knows that I know that he’s totally right.

‘Mmm. Maybe. Just a little bit.’

‘More than a little bit, I hope.’ Cal peels back the duvet and plants a kiss on my shoulder. The warmth of his lips combats the instant chill of the air hitting my skin. The seventeenth-century farmhouse’s central heating hasn’t been upgraded for thirty years because Cal’s ploughed any spare cash into turning Kilhallon from a rusty old caravan site into a ‘boutique eco resort’. Our guests pad about barefoot on their underfloor heating while we grab another blanket, but that’s fine by me. The business comes first and I don’t mind, especially when I have Cal here by my side.

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About the Author:

Phillipa Ashley is the author of the best-selling Cornish Cafe series. Before she became a full-time writer, she studied English at Oxford and worked as a copywriter and journalist. As Pippa Croft, Phillipa also writes as the Oxford Blue series which is published by Penguin Books.

She lives in a Staffordshire village with her husband and has a grown-up daughter. When she's not writing, she loves falling off surf boards and following Poldark around in a camper van.

Phillipa's debut novel, 'Decent Exposure' won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award and was filmed as a US TV movie called '12 Men of Christmas' starring Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins. 

Summer at the Cornish Cafe is Book #1 in the gorgeous new Cornish Cafe series and is recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark. The feelgood sequel, Christmas at the Cornish Cafe was an Amazon Top 10 Bestseller and Kobo Number #1 bestseller.

The final novel in the series, Confetti at the Cornish Cafe is published in May 2017.

‘An utterly glorious, escapist read from one of the freshest voices to emerge in women’s fiction." Claudia Carroll.

“Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read.” Katie Fforde

"Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!" Jill Mansell 



Blog Tour: The Summer of Magic Moments | Caroline Roberts

Well hello there folks, I am super happy to be on the official blog tour for the new book, The Summer of Magic Moments by the super lovely Caroline Roberts. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful little Q&A with Caroline which I am sure you will enjoy very much.
What are you reading at the moment?

Ali McNamara’s ‘The Little Flower Shop by the Sea’. It’s a lovely heart-warming summery story set in Cornwall, where I’ve just been to visit family.

Where do you write? Do you have any writing habits you could share?

I generally write in either the conservatory or the kitchen, though at times I have written parked up in a lay-by, on a train, in a plane, by a pool on holiday. I can write anywhere if an idea strikes. I tend to write longhand first as I can’t keep up with my thoughts typing, and then I edit, a scene at a time, onto my laptop. I am fuelled by coffee, tea, chocolate (a finger of Fudge is a favourite) and the occasional shortbread biscuit.

Reading about Bella’s Babes take on the Pretty Muddy race is great fun and inspirational too! Have you done any similar challenges?

Yes, I have taken part in a Pretty Muddy Race for Life with my daughter. We had a hoot, got filthy and raised money for charity. I have also completed the Great North Run half-marathon in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, and a 26 mile Moonwalk in Edinburgh for Breast Cancer. These events  are real challenges and you have to train hard and put in time and energy, but it is so worthwhile. You get such a sense of achievement, great support and camaraderie, and you also get to help some very worthy causes. It’s good to give something back sometimes.

You're stranded on a desert island - you have 1 book with you, which book is it & why?

Some kind of survival guide!

What’s the first ever book you remember reading?

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – when I was ill I was allowed to borrow my older sister’s set of Beatrix Potter books. I loved the Peter Rabbit story – it had danger, and nature, and the adventures of a mischievous rabbit.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote & if so what was it about?

I remember writing miniature books for my Pippa dolls and poems when I was very young. At 12 years old I was pulled in after an English lesson with the deputy head who was my teacher; I was scared I’d done something wrong, but he asked if my story was my own work. It was! I received the first A+ he had given for creative writing. It was a story about a girl and her golden retriever dog. I’d always wanted a dog and wasn’t allowed one at home, so I let my imagination flow.

About Caroline:
Family, friends, food, a glass of bubbly and, of course, a good book make me smile. I love writing emotional stories about love, loss, and family, that explore how complex and yet beautiful love can be. I also like to write romantic comedy, letting the characters have a bit of flirty fun too! I believe in following your dreams and working hard towards them, which led me to HarperImpulse (HarperCollins) and a publishing deal (woop!) after many years of writing. Stunning Northumberland is my home - sandy beaches, castles and gorgeous countryside that have inspired my writing.

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SURPRISE: I've Indie-Published My First Children's Book


I could not be more excited right now folks. I have finally self published my first ever children's book. It is a project that have kept a secret as I just wanted to do it for me and have fun with it. I really did have so much fun with this book, from coming up with a story idea, do designing the cover and everything.

As many of you know I have two very cheeky cats and they have provided the inspiration for what will hopefully be a fun series of books. I don't dare tell my cats that they have become my muses, it would be a nightmare to add to their already abundant levels of self importance. HAHA.

This first book is only a short one for now, and is inspired by my eldest cat Raja, and if you read the book you will see just some of the many things she has done over the years. She has me ran ragged, but I love her so much.

If anyone could help by sharing this post that would be fab.

I do hope you enjoy what will be the start of the many adventures of 'Naughty Cat', please if you have time let me know what you think and leave a little review.

LINKS:

AMAZON KINDLE
AMAZON PAPERBACK

Love and hugs to all.

Daniel xxxx

Blog Tour: The Tainted Love of a Captain | Jane Lark

Today folks, is my turn on the official blog tour for 'The Tainted Love of a Captain' by Jane Lark. I am lucky enough to have a fabulous guest post from the author herself about how she researched certain aspects of her story. 
The Tainted Love of a Captain: Researching the Marlow Intrigues series to give my stories the authenticity that readers love

A lot of people wouldn’t touch writing a historical because they are put off by the thought of research, but I love the research. I want to make sure my historical stories are as realistic as I can make them. Someone once said in a review that they were so involved in the book that when the character lifted the skirt of her dress to climb on a horse, so did she. I thought that was an amazing thing for someone to be so deep in the story they felt as though they were living it. But when I’m researching the books that is what I try to do – imagine living in the time…

I spend my weekends walking about historical homes and gardens letting my imagination roam with me, and I always stop and talk to the room guides because they usually have some great tales and details to tell. I buy the guide books to pick up any evidence of the family history and discover odd little stories about the way of life that might generate ideas and greater understanding. But I also buy any old memoirs or letters of the family that have been published. There are also lots of letters and diaries that can be tracked down to read on the internet. These are like a treasure trove.

What is great about reading letters and memoirs is that I hear life described by those who lived it then, not by historians who put their own judgement on the past.

Reading letters and memoirs also opens up the thoughts and emotions of the people who lived in the time, as well as expressing how they lived, and I recall and capture that as I write my stories.

The first book in the Marlow Intrigues Series was inspired by the memoirs of a courtesan, and a couple of scenes in The Tainted Love of a Captain go back to the ways of life I discovered in Harriette Wilson’s story. I’ve even gathered some of my insight of life for Harry in the barracks in Brighton from Harriette. She was employed as the mistress of the teenage heir to a dukedom (against the will of his parents) and was living with him in Brighton and talks about being allowed to attend the barracks while he paraded in the morning, and of joining all the men in the mess for dinner.

Harry is not the heir to a duke and is at the barracks a couple of decades later than Harriette. Also between the Regency era and the Victorian era mistresses had moved from women who were proudly displayed to other men, to people who were hidden away from society. So I made some changes to the way Harry behaves, but even so, Harriette’s descriptions of life in the barracks at Brighton and staying in inn’s with her protector inspired my imagination in many respects.

There are lots of details about Harriett’s real life adventures on my blog


THE TAINTED LOVE OF A CAPTAIN

The sounds and scents of the Crimean War are strangling Harry Marlow, shutting him off and silently smothering his soul. But he is a soldier and that is his life, and he can see nothing else besides that. So why should he care when a woman watches him? His life is not one to share with a woman, other than for a few moments in his bed.

When a woman is already drowning so deeply in sin she is without any fear of judgement - what can it matter if she chooses to begin a new affair? It is like escape to choose her own man and Captain Marlow is the perfect candidate for a dalliance. All she has to do is obtain an introduction...






About the Author

Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romance and author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Novel,'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan', as well as a Kindle overall top 25, bestselling author in the United States of America. 

She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. 

Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others' imaginations at last.

You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane's favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was 'Katherine' a story crafted from reality. 

Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots.

'Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it's wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.'

Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.

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Blog Tour: Just For The Holidays | Sue Moorcroft

Well folks, I could not be more excited to be part of today's blog tour. Sue Moorcroft is someone who I have long admired and respected, and I am thrilled to have her on my blog today for a fabulous Q&A. So as I usually say, grab a brew, get comfy and enjoy yourself.
Hello Sue, thank you so much for agreeing to an interview ad part of your blog tour, I am pleased to welcome you to my website. How are you?
Hello Daniel. Thanks for being part of my blog tour for Just for the Holidays and for the welcome. I’m pleased to be here and doing well, thank you.
So to break the ice a little with my readers, what can you tell us about your latest release ‘Just for the Holidays’?
Just for the Holidays takes us to Alsace where Leah, who has opted not to have a husband or children, ends up looking after her sister’s estranged husband and children. Her sister, Michele, is in the middle of a life crisis, including being pregnant just when she’s decided to end her marriage. Leah begins to rely on the grounded helicopter pilot living next door with his teenage Goth son - until the arrival of a very uninvited guest. I’ve shared more of my own traits with Leah than I usually do: she loves cars and thinks the only way to watch Formula 1 is in total silence. (So it’s a good job that the holiday falls in August when F1 is on its summer break or I’m not sure she could stand the stress.)
What can you tell me about your typical writing day if you have one, and what your process is?
I get up at 06.30 so I’m at my desk before 7.30am and I have my morning cuppa and my porridge while dealing with email, social media and newsletters. Then I get on with that day’s task, which could be planning, writing, researching, promoting, or attending to ‘business’ such as reading contracts or dealing with accounts. Most days, I take a couple of hours off for Zumba, FitStep, yoga or piano class. I finish around 6.00pm. Sometimes I have an event but often all I do after that is social media or emails from the comfort of my armchair. I generally work 50 or 60 hours a week.
When I’m writing a novel (which is most of the time, but I also write short stories and serials), I like to begin with character biographies and working on conflicts and goals. I often have a huge pile of hand-written stuff before I actually begin to type onto my computer. However, the book I’ve just begun (working title The Summer of Finding Out, due out for summer 2018) is breaking out of that mould and I keep writing scenes even while I’m planning. I’ve written two scenes and the prologue. They’re not even sequential but I’ve gone with my gut feeling. Who said a book has to be written in the order in which it’s read?

Do you have a special writing space/room, you like to retreat to?
My study’s my favourite place. It’s at the back of the house and I face the wall so I don’t just stare at the garden all day. The study’s quite overcrowded and messy and it’s the only place where I don’t seem to see dust. I have a big handmade desk that’s getting a bit battered and bears an ink blot in the shape of a palm tree. A garden office is in the planning stage but probably won’t materialise for a couple of years.
For me, when I’m writing I need plenty of snacks. Do you have any necessary supplies when you’re writing? Wine? Chocolate? Music?
I try not to snack between meals but sometimes I need a few crackers or a cuppa soup in the afternoon. I need a good supply of hot liquid, though - tea being the top of the preference list. If I end the day feeling really thirsty I know I’ve been working well because I haven’t been downstairs to put the kettle on.
You’ve been with Choc Lit and now you are with Avon/Harper Collins. Can you tell me about your journey to publication? How did that all happen?
It’s over 21 years since I sold my first story to a magazine, The People’s Friend, so you can see it wasn’t exactly overnight success. I wrote two novels that were destined for the bin then I read that if I had 20 short stories on my CV publishers of novels might look on me more kindly. As I’d worked out for myself that writing better books would also be helpful, I took a course. I began to sell short stories regularly and when I’d sold 87 and a serial my then-agent sold my first novel, Uphill All the Way, to Transita. Although I call that ‘my first novel’ it was actually the eighth I wrote and some of the earlier ones have since been published. To be honest, the journey was simple - I just wrote and wrote and wrote, sent stuff out, educated myself on publishing as well as writing, learned to accept rejection, attended a lot of conferences and never stopped writing, learning or trying. Luck also played a part. I was lucky that Avon was looking for a Christmas novel just when my agent sent mine. This luck was replicated in Germany where the same book was bought by Fischer Verlag and did very nicely thank you, but I do find that the harder I work the luckier I get.
You have quite the backlist of books now as well as contributions to many anthologies and magazines. What do your family and loved ones think of your success?
My family is great. If you look at how many of my books are dedicated to its various members you can see how highly I regard them. Nineteen of us are going on holiday together in October! They are supportive in the extreme, even if it’s hidden in friendly jokes and mickey-taking. I have, sadly, now lost my number 1 fan - my mum.
We all have our favourites but what other writers do you love or have influenced you in some way?
I love stories of love that conquers all. It’s a fantastic feeling to fall in love and as I can’t do that two or three times a week in reality I do it via my reading matter. Nevil Shute was a great influence in the way he makes an epic love affair part of stories that take place on a big stage. Suzanne Brockmann, an American writer of romantic suspense does this even better. I have a long list of favourite authors but those two do hop straight into my mind every time.
I also like reading non-fiction about Formula 1 and its personalities.
Are there any particular highlights in your writing career so far?
Getting to #1 on Amazon for five days with The Christmas Promise. It was a good way to start with Avon! They’re a great team.
I have a copy of your amazing non-fiction book ‘Love Writing: How to Make Money Writing Romantic or Erotic Fiction’ and I love it so much. What inspired you to write a book like this?
Thank you very much! I was teaching creative writing quite a bit in those days and, as spin offs, writing ‘how to’ in the writing magazines. I had dinner with Hazel Cushion of Accent Press and put it to her that she needed a ‘how to’ book about writing romantic fiction and I was just the person to write it. Luckily, she agreed. I’d just had a bereavement and didn’t feel like writing a novel.
If you ever get a spare moment, what do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Watch Formula 1, read, hang out with friends (preferably with food and drink involved), walk, dance and play the piano.
So what’s next for Sue Moorcroft, what are you working on right now if you can tell us?
I’ve begun The Summer of Finding Out, as mentioned; the promo for Just for the Holidays is in full flight; and I’m expecting edits for this year’s Christmas book, Give Me Till Christmas, in the next couple of weeks. At the end of June I’m running a one-week residential course in Italy for Arte Umbria and I’ll be at Swanwick in August. Readers can discover more about my appearances by going to www.suemoorcroft.com and clicking on ‘events’.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions Sue, I am very grateful and I wish you every success with your latest release.
Thank you for making me welcome, Daniel, and for your good wishes.

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Best-selling author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. The Christmas Promise rose to #1 in the Amazon Kindle chart; The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is this Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards and Darcie’s Dilemma for Readers’ Best Short Romance. Love& Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.

Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles and writing ‘how to’.

Sue’s next book: Just for the Holidays

Twitter @suemoorcroft
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Blog Tour: Trust Me | Gemma Metcalfe

Today folks, I am happy to be part of the blog tour for 'Trust Me' by Gemma Metcalfe, published by HQ digital. Not only that, but I also have a small guest post from the author herself. 


Guest Post
Trust Me- I was a sale´s woman

My inspiration for writing ´Trust Me.´

People often ask me how I think up my stories and where I get my ideas from. Truth is, I have always been a little bit of a daydreamer, often zoning out to actual conversations with real people to my imaginary world with made up characters. 

  That being said, my initial idea for ´Trust me,´ is based largely on my real-life experiences as a call-centre operative here in Tenerife where I have lived for seven years. One thing I learnt as a saleswoman, was that some people do want to talk, even if that somebody is a total stranger. I have spoken to many characters; chatterboxes who would talk to their own reflection if nobody else was in the room, disgruntled housewives who want to ´dish the dirt,´ on their husbands and proud parents who want to tell you all about their child´s achievements. The saddest part of my job, and also the most rewarding, was talking to elderly women and men, who were lonely and looked forward to their daily sales call.

  I had been toying with the idea of writing a story based in a call-centre for a while. I worked with such funny, unique characters and I knew a story based on a phone call, told from alternate perspectives, would work well for a thriller.

  One night I was in the bath and the plot suddenly came to me. ´What if the person on the other end of the line was about to commit suicide? What if both main characters were drenched in secrets? What if everything wasn’t quite as it seemed?

  I loved writing ´Trust Me´, particularly the call-centre chapters, as I could relate to Lana really easily (although I was a slightly better at my sales job than she was.) Her voice, her way with words and her humour are all me. As for Liam, I adored writing him too, although he was slightly harder to write than Lana. Liam is an emotional character, and I had to dig deep and draw on my own emotions when describing his grief and anxiety. Like Liam and Alice, my husband and I have suffered miscarriages, and as hard as it was to revisit, it helped me to write Liam and Alice´s story with conviction. Liam´s son Elliott, is based on a beautiful little boy called Dilraj who I looked after when I worked as a Nursery Nurse. The character of Sue is also a wonderful assortment of my nanna, auntie and mum.

So yes, I guess in response to the answer ´where did you get the idea for ´Trust Me,´ from? ´ I would have to answer, ´straight out of my life.´ (With a tiny sprinkling of make-believe of course.)


Blurb: One phone call. Two lives. Their darkest secrets.
Lana needs to sell a holiday, fast. Stuck in Tenerife, in a dead end job, she never expected a response quite like Liam’s.

Thousands of miles away a phone rings. Liam never intended to pick up, he’s too busy choosing the quickest way to die. But at least someone should know the truth before he goes, even if that someone is a stranger.

As time runs out both are drawn to the other, expressing thoughts they never thought they would share.



When you’re about to die will your secrets even matter?

About Gemma Metcalfe: Gemma Metcalfe is a Manchester born author who now lives in sunny Tenerife with her husband Danny and two crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen, she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel ´Trust Me,´ is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre operative, where  she was never quite sure who would answer the phone…

Twitter: @gemmakmetcalfe