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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Bucket List & Giveaway

Today I'm welcoming back the lovely Aimee Duffy to my blog. Aimee's new book, Never Say Never, released on Monday and is already garnering some excellent reviews (including from moi! I loved it). More on the book will follow (yes, and the giveaway - it's coming, I promise but you have to keep reading to get there!).
As my regular readers will know, convention bores me, so instead of getting Aimee to answer questions she must have been asked a gazillion times already, I've got her to write her Bucket List - or in this case, the Ten Things To Do Before She Hits Thirty.
So, over to Aimee:

Ten things to do before I’m…thirty. Ok, here goes:
10. Quit my addiction to…chicken paste on toast. Good substitute for smoking in a way, but a killer on the waistline. Yummy too.

9. Visit Egypt. I’ve always wanted to go, but no one wants to go with me. Although I don’t want the package holiday experience. Gimme a backpack and a map, I’ll make my own way down the Nile thank you very much. Do you think that’s why people are adverse to the idea? I believe the words my ex used when I begged him were “over my dead body”. Hmmm. Can you see why he’s my ex?
8. Write an erotic novel. *Gasp* I know. I want to try at some point, and there’s no time like the present, is there?

7. Get back into my sixteen year old self’s jeans. (I can dream, can’t I?)
6. Join in at a stand-up comedy show. Not that I think I’m funny (in fact, I’m often told I’m not) but it’s one of those things I’ve always wanted to do, and only nerves are stopping me.

5. Learn to play a musical instrument. I did play the piano and guitar as a child, but have forgotten how. And when are guitars not cool?
4. Build up a tolerance for…wine. Not because I want to be an alcoholic, more so because after one glass I’m anybody’s. So that doesn’t go over well on works nights out, and with a bunch of lawyers jagerbombs and vodka are not an option. Poo!

3. Walk the West Highland Way. I’m not into the roughing it for a week part, but would like to do it. What an incredible achievement (if I didn’t pass out and need airlifted to a hospital mid-way, that is).
2. Read more books. I’m getting into paranormal these days, and this year alone have devoured all of J.R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books. Any good recommendations? Yes Linday Pryor, I am eagerly awaiting my next fix of Blackthorn. Hurry it up will you?

1. Get married. Okay, I can’t even keep a straight face typing that. Maybe one day, but no rush. Actually, I’d much rather travel the world. America is the place I want to start. Who knows, maybe I’ll be back on Chelle’s blog in three years typing from the States, or Egypt or Japan or Istanbul (it could happen).

Aww - maybe you'll be back on my blog in three years, posting from some exotic locale while on honeymoon...
As promised, Aimee is doing a giveaway. Never Say Never is book 2 in The Price of Fame series and she is giving away one copy of the book that kicked off this fab, glamorous series, The Monster of Fame. To enter to win a copy of The Monster of Fame, all you have to do is leave a comment, and we'll get one of my kids to pull a name out of hat (can't say fairer than that can I? The only real problem will be letting the kids decide who gets the job. There may be tears.).

When pretend turns to desire, heartbreak is unavoidable.
Sander Chase needs a date for his ex-fiancĂ©e's engagement party, but he doesn't have time for a woman in his life. Between working on the TV show Do You Have What It Takes? and his band reforming, he's too busy for a relationship. What he needs is a pretend girlfriend. He thinks he may have found the perfect woman for the job, and the bribe he offers means she's sure to accept.
After losing her job in the film industry, breaking up with her movie star boyfriend, and finding out her mum has dementia, Chloe Butler returned to the UK determined to put her life back together. The last thing she needs is to parade around London on the arm of a celebrity, and after the heartbreak caused by her ex, she swore she'd never again date a star. But when Sander offers her a chance at her dream job, it's not something she can turn down.
As Chloe gets to know Sander she learns he's nothing like her scumbag ex. But she struggles to fight her attraction to him, knowing their relationship is only for show and their separation date is closing in fast.
Ignoring the insane chemistry between them should be easy for Sander, especially since he carries a secret that means there can be no future for them, but the more time he spends with Chloe, the harder it is to keep his hands to himself.
Content Warning: contains more denial than you'll find in a courtroom, more sexual tension than most people could handle, and explosive sex that some readers may find long overdue.
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  1. Aimee if you do ever do stand-up comedy I will have to be there to see it! But build up a tolerance for wine? Nah don't do it! Seriously hope you go with number 8 because I know you would do it so well x
    And Michelle don't let the munchkins fight over me I have already bought a copy :-)

    1. I think I'd be pretty good, though it would have to be Scottish. There was an article in the paper last week, "50 Shades of Glasgow". Brought to mind women in tracksuits and Nike's strollin' doon the Barras, a fag hingin' fae their dreekit lips an shoutin' "Oi, you gonna watch ma bairns the night, am goan oot".

    2. The munchkins will use any excuse to have a scrap! x

  2. Before I am thirty I want to travel...and have another half a dozen kids but my hubby might have something to say about that.

    1. Half a dozen? The idea of one terrifies me :o)