Friday, 19 June 2015

Blog Tour: Return To Bluebell Hill | Rebecca Pugh

Well it has finally arrived, been published and now we are here on my stop of the official blog tour for 'Return To Bluebell Hill' by the lovely Rebecca Pugh. I have already read the book and you can find my review a little bit further down this post. But first I am thrilled to have a lovely Q&A with Becca, and we talk about her book and her journey to being published.
Firstly Rebecca I would like to say thank you for agreeing to do my little Q&A! So, how excited are you for your book debut?
Honestly, Daniel, I cannot even begin to tell you the absolutely mental onslaught of emotions that I have been dealing with during this experience so far. It’s been a complete roller-coaster. Incredibly HIGH ups, nervous-breakdowns, excitement, terror, doubt… All in all, though, I’m over the moon and so, so excited for everything that is to come. Return to Bluebell Hill is my baby and I cannot wait to share her with you all.

Could you tell us a bit more about your story and how you came up with the idea?
Of course! Well, a lot of people have asked where the idea for Return to Bluebell Hill came from and my answer is always going to be the same. Completely from my imagination. Bluebells came into it because I have a very whimsical and romantic heart, which clings to anything that is even slightly fairy-tale like. I became fascinated with the stories and myths behind the bluebells, obsessed with pictures of them covering the ground completely and turning it blue. They’re such a magical thing to look at, and can almost seem surreal, I think. I’ve always been a big romance lover, and I have a huge family, so those two aspects were included, too! Return to Bluebell Hill is a story of self-discovery, taking chances and letting go of the past. I really hope you like it!

You can tell by the way you talk that you really love to write. Is this something that you’ve always wanted to do?
Thank you! It makes me smile that you think so! I’ve always written, though none of what I wrote did I ever take seriously. They were just stories that I’d play about with, until Return to Bluebell Hill came along and the need to finish it pretty much overtook everything else. I’ve always been a passionate reader, and I think, too, that this love of books paved my way towards trying my hand at my own writing. It was always a far-fetched dream of mine.

You are currently signed with the wonderful publishers Carina UK which is a digital imprint of Harlequin UK. What made you decide to take the plunge and approach them? Can you tell us all about your journey to being published?
As you know, I’m a book blogger, and that’s how I came to know of the wonderful Carina UK and their marvelous titles. I found myself loving everything that they published and immediately jumped on any offers for blog tours and review requests. They have such a brilliant collection of authors, all extremely talented at what they do in their own rights. As a book blogger, Carina seemed to me like a big family, and the thought of being a part of it slowly began to niggle at me. When I actually submitted, I didn’t expect to hear anything back, except maybe a ‘no’. You can imagine my surprise when I got ‘the call’, can’t you? My world tilted on its axis and I couldn’t string a sentence together.

What can you tell us about your editor and the wonderful people you work with at Carina UK?
My editor is a godsend. Not only does she aid on the writing front, but she’s a calming factor when I feel like I’ve lost control. She’s incredibly clever, immensely helpful and I’m so very grateful that I have her with me. The other Carina authors are all amazing. I sometimes find myself wondering how on earth I managed to share the same publishers with them. It’s very surreal, but a wonderful feeling.

Where do you find your inspiration for your wonderful stories?
First and foremost, my imagination. That’s where everything comes from, but then after that, the idea builds with the help of music, food, people, pictures… I don’t know. I think everything factors into it, even if you don’t realise. An idea could come to me while I’m having a bath or putting a load of washing in. There isn’t really any method to my madness! ;)

Who are some of your favourite authors? Who inspires you as a writer?
Gah, so many on both counts! Jill Mansell has always been a firm favourite of mine. I have nearly all of her books on my shelf. Miranda Dickinson, Holly Martin, Rebecca Raisin, Charlotte Betts, Lucy Diamond… Honestly, I could be here forever! And in answer to your second question, I think all of the books that I’ve previously read have inspired me in one way or another.

Do you have particular genres that you prefer to read?
Yes, romance is and always has been my first love. I just adore being swept up in a romance from within the pages, one that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading the book. But, even though I love romance, I do have a tendency to enjoy a good Stephen King. His imagination is brilliant and his writing blows my mind. I’m also really enjoying psychological thrillers at the moment, too.

What can you tell us about your writing process? (How much do you procrastinate? What do you snack on? Do you have a writing 'soundtrack'?)
I procrastinate wildly. You’ll see me on Twitter when I’m not supposed to be. My boyfriend tells me off due to me wasting so much time on there. I’ve now had to start turning off the internet in order for me to concentrate on what I’m supposed to be doing. I love to have a nice cup of coffee by my side while writing, including bits and bobs like cheese and onion crisps and a Mr Kipling Lemon cake slice. I don’t have a writing soundtrack, no, but I have a little stereo that I have next to me on the desk. You’ll find me listening to an 80’s radio station most days, I love the old tunes!

So what are your plans for book number 2? (If you can tell us!)
I can’t really say too much yet, only because nothing has been set in concrete, but once I know, you’ll know. There are few ideas bouncing around in my head that I’m really excited about! I’ll be doing my usual thing of squealing on Twitter with an obscene amount of emojjis! ;)

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Rebecca, it's a pleasure to have you on my blog.
No, thank YOU! It’s been wonderful being on your blog, and thank you so much for your never-ending support. You truly are a blessing! xxxxx

Return to Bluebell Hill

As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…
Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?

An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.

 My Review:

This is a book I have so excited to read, and I was sent a copy from Rebecca's publisher Carina UK. The minute it arrived on my kindle I through myself into this book immediately. This is Rebecca's debut novel and many of us know her well for being a book blogger and wonderful person. She is now officially a published author and I am so grateful to have been able to get to know Becca over Twitter. I believe in Rebecca as a person and as a writer, she is a shining example of what a decent human being should be. She is humble, kind and caring and supportive of everyone around her. She spends a lot of time championing other people, and now it is her turn to be championed.

Even before I got to read 'Return to Bluebell Hill' I already had immense faith in Rebecca's ability as a writer because I spent a lot of time reading her blog. Now we are lucky enough to witness true talent in the form of her debut novel. Jessica is our protagonist in this tale and she has had a number of things to deal with throughout her life. Through feeling abandoned by her parents, and leaving Bluebell Hill to go to London, Jessica has issues revolving around trust and abandonment.

It takes the death of her parents to return to the place she vowed she would never go back to, and this is when we see Jessica begin to transform as a person. She is forced to deal with everything head on, and this really challenges her as a person and we see her develop and become stronger throughout the book.

Jessica connects again with her childhood nanny Esme, who is the sweetest most wonderful character and I think I speak for us readers in saying we all fell in love with Esme. She is kind, caring and it is clear to see how much she cares for and has missed Jessica.

Now what would a romantic fiction novel be without some kind of swooningly beautiful heartthrob. Enter Reuben. He is the local gardener who just so happens to be working on the garden at Bluebell House, which is where Jessica was raised and is now currently staying to sort out her parents affairs. There is instant chemistry but Jessica's issues with trust get in the way a number of times and there are points where you think the relationship won't survive.

The biggest twist in the plot comes in the last third of the book, which as you already know I will not spoil for you here. But I swear it is a brilliant twist in the plot and one that really challenges Jessica with her issues of trust and also her ability to forgive.

This is a bloomin' marvellous debut from an author is is clearly meant for great things. I also feel that there is enough room for a sequel to 'Return to Bluebell Hill' and I know I am not the only one to have expressed this to Becca.

I know you will be expecting this considering how much I loved this book, but I will tell you anyway. I gave this book a heart stopping 10/10


Author Biography
Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.
Now, Rebecca’s own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.
Rebecca Pugh is the author of women’s fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good swoon?

You can find out more about Rebecca on Facebook, Twitter or her Blog