Blog Tour: Those Other Women – Nicola Moriarty

I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the Those Other Women blog tour today. Huge thanks to Penguin RandomHouse and Nicola Moriarty for having me, I’m so happy to spread the book love on this Sunny Sunday. The tour kicked off last Monday and as always I’ve been loving reading other lovely bloggers thoughts on this one. It’s a brilliant story and I think you’ll love it!

Confession: I’ve never been a Mumsy Mum. Not that there’s anything wrong with always having muslin to hand, multiple nursery league table conversation threads on Mumsnet and at least one packet of Quavers about your person at any given moment. (In fact, whilst we are confessing….the latter may be applauded….but that’s not my point)

I was the disorganised one without a wedding ring, always looking for the coffee and avoiding dirty noses at all costs.

To be super-clear I’m not shaming the Mums who obsess about their babies and talk of nothing else – I admire their dedication and focus – it’s just not me, and never was. Integrating with these super-motivated-dedicated-Mums groups was really challenging and made me question my own skills as a Mum so much when my son was small. Really, all I needed to do was find the groups who gave just as many shits as I did about textbook parenting and organic rusks.

My point is, finding MY community was the key and this book takes a really interesting approach to this, and in particular online communities.

Not everyone wants to be a Mum, especially Poppy. When she finds out her best friend and her husband have been having an affair and she is now pregnant, she quite understandably has a bit of an anti-motherhood moment. She sets up a secret Facebook group for women just like her, the ones who never want to have children and are pretty bloody fed up of all the perks they miss out on because of their life choices. No finishing work early to dash to school plays, no flexibility and no holiday priority – it’s enough to make a girl get cross and get online. And that’s exactly what she does.

When the local smug Mums network discovers this secret group, it sets off a rivalry which escalates prrrrrrretty quickly and soon makes Poppy question the honesty and integrity of those close to her.

One thing that Nicola Moriarty always NAILS is the subtlety and nuance in toxic female relationships. It is so cleverly done, you almost physically feel the sly digs and deceit. The way the book is structured with parts focused on each of our main characters is really engaging and helps keep you hooked to the very end.

I can’t recommend this enough, I absolutely loved it. I also think no matter which side of the motherhood debate you fall on, there’s something here you’ll enjoy too.

It’s a slightly sinister and super-smart five cwtches from me. Get your copy here.

Once again, a big thanks to Penguin RandomHouse and Nicola Moriarty for having me on the tour. It’s been a pleasure!

Big cwtches xx

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Mills & Boon #DareToShare A Week to be Wild Blog Tour

Hello friends, welcome to my first blog tour post of 2018. I’m so proud to say it’s with the legends at Mills & Boon. As a lifelong romance fan, I can’t tell you how much joy that gives me!

I am currently recuperating after a little operation and I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t be getting too over-excited.

Oops.

It might not have been the best timing for Mills & Boon to launch their raunchy new #Dare series….not whilst my temperature and heart rate were being closely monitored.

CWTCHERS. IT. IS. HOT.

So hot it steamed up my glasses.

I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of “A Week to be Wild” by JC Harroway and I couldn’t wait to cwtch up with it. If you enjoy your romance peppered with pulse-racing raunch, then like me, you’re going to absolutely love this.

Our female lead, Libby Noble is a successful businesswoman who knows exactly what she wants and exactly how to get it. I absolutely love her strength and sassiness. She is so bold and it’s really refreshing and empowering to see a powerful woman taking control (as well as losing it spectacularly too!)

Our guy is Alex Lancaster and he’s just your usual run-of-the-mill SEX GOD. I can’t overstate his attractive qualities enough…holy wow…the man should be KNIGHTED for his services to women, business, helicopters & charitable endeavours. (I might’ve somewhat fallen for his charms..)

The power play between the pair sizzles with sexual energy and although you might need to pause to cool off now and again, the story doesn’t lose sight of its romantic core and develops at a great pace. The dialogue is SUPER-HOT and offers some nicely creative ideas that you may wish to incorporate in your very own action adventures, depending on how brave you are.

“What do you want?”

RIGHT NOW ALEX, I WANT A LIE DOWN AND A COLD FLANNEL. I CAN’T COPE WITH YOUR HOTNESS.

This is such a brilliant start to what I’m sure will be the most thrilling romance series of the year. The handbag size paperback is perfect, but there are also digital versions if you prefer to keep your desire on the down-low during your commute. I see you blushing kindle sisters! We ALL know.

Huge thanks to the LUSH Mills & Boon team for sending me a review copy & letting me join in the launch tour. I can’t think of a better way to recover from hospital.

It’s been an absolute pleasure *purrs*

Big hot sexy cwtches xx

Cwtch Up Catch Up 2017

2017 Cwtch Up

Hello Cwtchers!

After taking a bit of a blogging break, I’m back to share an end of year Cwtch Up Catch Up post on the lovely books I’ve cwtched up with in 2017. Despite the hiatus I managed to read quite a few books this year so I’ve gone with one sentence reviews to make it a tiny bit more manageable. (I’ve found this discipline really challenging as we know I do love to go on…and on….and on….)

Huge thanks to all the lovely publishers and authors who have really kindly worked with me this year. Apologies for the blog tours I missed due to being poorly, I’m now back on track and super-excited for all the new releases in 2018.

Big cwtches, Kate xx

Here we go, in no particular order…

Braving the Wilderness – Brené Brown

I’d highly recommend getting the audiobook version so that you can pretend that Brené is your best friend calling you to chat some southern-accented sense into you.

Need to Know – Karen Cleveland

A CIA analyst discovers she is married to a deep-cover agent in the Russian sleeper cell she’s tasked with investigating and you might seriously need a reminder to breathe.

Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon

I cried so much with painful recognition that my paperback copy looks like I dropped it in the bath and that’s the official story I will tell people.

Broken Branches – Lee M Jonathan

A big old tree has never been so creepy.

Every Last Lie – Mary Kubica

Grief and deceit get in the way of the desperate search for the truth about a fatal car crash and someone always knows more than you think.

Her Last Secret – Barbara Copperthwaite

A dark diary cleverly works backwards from a family tragedy to reveal the unexpected story behind a grisly un-festive Christmas Day.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne

Huge thwack on the table, epic Irish storytelling in stunning seven year updates.

The Confession – Jo Spain

You already know he did it, but you won’t stop turning the pages until you find out why.

How To Be A Grown Up – Daisy Buchanan

I made such hefty notes in this book I started to realise that if there was such a thing as a grown-up license I should probably have mine taken away from me.

Friend Request – Laura Marshall

Social media messages from beyond the grave confirm that school reunions are never a good idea.

The Postcard – Fern Britton

This sweet story will make you want to pack up and move to Cornwall & have scones with Fern.

Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

Essential and lifechanging bitesize reading for anyone with a mind, healthy or otherwise.

Anything You Do Say – Gillian McAllister

Cleverly written thriller about a split-second decision which brilliantly alternates between the sliding doors consequences for both the truth and the lie.

Best Day Ever – Kaira Rouda

Chillingly creepy husband plans a perfect day for his wife which will give you all the holiday cabin envy as well as the shivers.

Ice Cream for Breakfast – Laura Jane Williams

Stunning rainbow sprinkled cover with even more stunning words inside which will make you stop, play and know that you’ve made a good decision to do so.

The Hygge Holiday – Rosie Blake

Grab a blanket, light a candle and prepare to be word-hugged by the cosiest book I read this year.

I Found You – Lisa Jewell

You will smugly think you know the connection between the two narratives and you may be very wrong.

Puzzle Girl – Rachael Featherstone

When you leave little love notes for a mystery man on a crossword book in your GP surgery.

The Little Shop of Hopes & Dreams – Fiona Harper

If your fledgling business is helping to stage grand gesture marriage proposals, falling in love for yourself isn’t always straightforward.

Copycat – Alex Lake

Sinister thriller which will make you consider deleting your facebook account.

You Do You – Sarah Knight

The third straightforward advice book from Sarah who is gorgeous, hilarious and perfectly balances ballsy no-nonsense profanity with delicate sentiment.

It Started With A Tweet – Anna Bell

When social media obsession goes bad, a countryside digital detox is the cure.

Yesterday – Felicia Yap

Fascinating concept where everyone can remember only the past 24 or 48 hours and there is a murder to solve.

Safe With Me – K.L Slater

A compelling tale of revenge, manipulation, loneliness, confusion and mistrust.

Kind Hearts & Coriander – April Hardy

Family saga in a country house hotel with a grumpy but gorgeous restaurant manager.

The Story of Our Life – Shari Low

Heartbreaking, bittersweet, emotional tale of love and loss.

Don’t Close Your Eyes – Holly Seddon

Estranged twin sisters’ paths cross again in an unsettling and powerful story.

The Honeymoon – Tina Seskis

A missing newly married man with a stomach-churning conclusion.

Hot Mess – Lucy Vine

Hilariously relatable and scarily accurate single girl freshness.

Follow You – Richard Parker

Whatever you do, don’t tweet #BeMyKiller.

Her Last Breath – Tracy Buchanan

Finding the twisted connections between a missing teenager and a soon-to-be-published food writer.

36 Questions that changed my mind about you – Vicki Grant

I definitely fell in love with this YA romance and I didn’t even need all 36 questions to confirm it.

Just For The Rush – Jane Lark

Significantly more substance than the usual steamy thrills.

Keep Me Safe – Daniela Sacerdoti

A brilliantly atmospheric novel, with just enough spookiness to keep you intrigued but not so much to scare your pants off.

The Picture House by The Sea – Holly Hepburn

Vintage dress-ups and really smart movie nostalgia make this a beachy dream.

Lies – T.M. Logan

A thrilling, twisty social media tale with a satisfying ending that you’ll race to get to.

The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake – Pippa James

Sumptuous cakes, vintage lingerie and French passion.

The Summer House – Jenny Hale

Jenny never fails to create the most attractive leading men to swoon over, this summer love is no exception.

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop – Annie Darling

A romance-only bookshop is the greatest idea in the world.

The Last Piece of My Heart – Paige Toon

If every relationship takes a little piece of your heart, this stunning story of stepping into someone else’s life is what happens when you reach the final piece.

Sweetpea – C.J. Skuse

A psycho serial killer has never made me laugh out loud so much.

The Ludlow Ladies Society – Ann O’Loughlin

Classic out-of-towner becomes charming community champion.

The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square – Lilly Bartlett

Warm wedding feels with class issues and bunting.

The Break – Marian Keyes

Classic Keyes’ heartfelt lesson in when he asks for a relationship break, let him have it.

Mixing It Up – Tracie Banister

If TV chefs are the food of love, this is a feast.

Nineteen Letters – Jodi Perry

A strong contender for the most romantic book I’ve ever read.

The Dangers of Family Secrets – Debby Holt

Secrets, lies and mistrust.

The Beachside Sweet Shop – Karen Clarke

A lovely, gentle, feelgood read which will make you smile & crave a quarter of rosy apples.

To Have and To Hold – M.L.Roberts

Ended too soon, I really wanted more.

The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo

The epic power of first love and serendipity.

Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay – Matt McGinn

Interesting behind the scenes insight into stadium tours and being a rockstar sidekick.

The One That Got Away – Annabel Kantaria

A cautionary fidelity tale which reminds us that if someone is in our past, they’re usually behind us for a good reason.

Liar – K.L. Slater

A modern lesson to always listen to your Mum, her instincts are rarely mistaken.

The One – John Marrs

The obsessively intriguing dark side of love, science and DNA matchmaking.

The Cows – Dawn O’Porter

A sassy, smart & witty story which brilliantly captures a moment in our social media obsessed society.

The Choir on Hope Street – Annie Lyons

Uplifting community spirit still exists and it’s mostly found in song.

Rome is Where the Heart Is – Tilly Tennant

A perfect romantic holiday read, whether you’re actually leaving the house or just eating ice cream on your sofa.

The Idea of You – Amanda Prowse

An emotionally difficult but sensitively written story of miscarriage and motherhood.

The Kicking The Bucket List – Cathy Hopkins

Totally relatable bickering sisters are forced to strengthen their relationships through a series of challenges set by their departed mother.

The Escape – C.L. Taylor

The cliff scenes are some of the most exciting, pacey and exhilarating writing I’ve been totally immersed in for quite a while.

The People at Number Nine – Felicity Everett

A modern, dark suburban story about envy, new friendships and keeping up with the Jones’.

Everything But The Truth – Gillian McAllister

One late night email notification starts to unravel everything and you might want to start some low-key background checks on your loved one just as a precaution.

How To Mend a Broken Heart – Anna Mansell

If you’re a fan of a weepy with a soft side of gentle mystery then you’ll love this as much as I did.

Me, You & Tiramisu – Charlotte Butterfield

This will make you hungry for love and/or deli snacks but certainly not Youtube fame.

The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty

A really interesting picture of toxic female friendships and frenemies.

The Breakdown – B.A. Paris

Sharp and smart domestic noir with a really clever title.

If ever I Fall – S.D. Robertson

Smarter than your average sad tale.

The Girl Before – J.P. Delaney

Alternating voices and repetition make a pacey, exciting thriller you’ll want to tell people about.

Paris for One and Other Stories – Jojo Moyes

A tidy little collection of lovely short stories.

How To Win Back Your Husband – Vivien Hampshire

A 30 day divorce deadline and a fight, fight, fight, fight, fight for this love (if it’s worth having it’s worth fighting for)

Good Me, Bad Me – Ali Land

Unnerving, uncomfortable & undeniably beautifully written.

Three Men and a Maybe – Katey Lovell

Include the word “cwtch” in your cute New Year novella and I’m guaranteed to love it.

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

For everyone who loves adventure and who believes that first kisses are unforgettable.

How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

Such a beautiful story, again I’d recommend the audio version so that you can cry without worrying about word blurring.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

A quirky tale of habit, loneliness and human kindness.

Phew….if you made it this far, well done! And thank you, big cwtches for 2018 xxxx

Rome is where the heart is – Tilly Tennant 


Some things I love: 

1. Italy

2. Romance

3. A swoony handsome love interest

4. A sassy leading lady called Kate

5. Travelling without leaving the sofa

This book has all of that PLUS gelato. Soooooo…..it’s pretty much a given that I’m going to LOVE it. 

Ditched by her rubbish husband on Friday 13th, Kate packs her suitcase full of her quirky homemade couture and jumps on a plane to Rome. Obvs. 

There we meet a colourful cast of characters including the brooding romantic Alessandro, a policeman who steps in to help our heroine when she’s had one too many glasses of vino (we’ve all been there…but perhaps just not on The Spanish Steps). With his protective Mama and five sisters, will their love ever get off the ground? 

Set in a such beautiful city, this book makes you feel like you’re actually walking the cobbled streets of Rome, tasting the delicious food & sipping on the finest Italian wine. When really I was wrapped in a blanket, munching on a hobnob and nursing a mug of sweet tea (it’s been a tough week) I love to travel!

A perfect holiday read, whether you’re actually leaving the house or staycation-ing like me. (Even better when you know the follow-up book is out now too…I won’t tell you the title because it kinda gives it away….) Get your Italian Escape here….a bene five cwtches! 

#CwtchUp for 5 with Kate Glanville #WelshWritersWed


This week we’ve got a bonus midweek post to celebrate #WelshWritersWed and we’re hosting an author Q & A with megababe Kate Glanville! 
(Pop over to @CwtchUpBooks on Twitter to see how you can win a signed copy of one of Kate’s books on #WelshWritersWed) 

Grab a cuppa & let’s Cwtch Up for five…

1. What’s the best thing about being a writer?

The best thing about being a writer is being able to escape from reality into a fantasy land.When I was a child I loved playing with my dolls house, creating exciting scenarios, dramatic situations and tumultuous relationships for the tiny dolls who lived in it. My novels are just a continuation of playing with my dolls house except instead of doing it alone, within the confines of my bedroom, now I can share the stories in the pages of my books. The stories seem to bubble up from my subconscious and the characters develop personalities and take shape until they are almost real people to me. It’s like having an extra life running parallel with my own! 

2. Writing or reading? 

Writing. I like reading. I’d hate to not have a good book ‘on the go’ but I love writing my own stories. Creating a work of fiction is very hard work (not dissimilar to giving birth) but the sense of achievement is immense. To express the stories in my head on paper is great therapy and I become totally immersed in a way I find it hard to do when I’m reading. 

3. What kind of books do you like to Cwtch Up with? 

I’m very fond of Irish women – from Edna O’Brian to Marian Keyes via Maeve Binchey and Anne Enright – whether light and funny or dark and tragic I can always depend on an Irish woman for a good story. 

4. What are the biggest pitfalls for aspiring writers (and how do you avoid them)? 

Expecting too much too fast! When I finished my manuscript for my first novel ‘A Perfect Home’ I thought the process would be very quick – I’d find an agent, find a publisher and have a book in my hands within a few months – each step took at least eighteen months – the world of publishing moves very slowly! I also thought that after I was published I might be expected to go on a book tour – signings in Waterstones, readings at arts centres, maybe some talks at literature festivals -possibly Hay? – I asked my agent – she said ‘who do you think you are? Joanna Trollope!’  

5. What’s your favourite part of Wales and why? 

My favourite part of Wales is where I live. Llandeilo has it all; gorgeous architecture – with its multicoloured Georgian houses and pretty shopfronts lining the main street and lovely shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. Beautiful Dinefwr Park is on its doorstep and the foothills of The Brecon Beacons create a scenic backdrop, hinting at wilderness and solitude not far away – for those days when I feel the need to escape!

Absolute heaven for writers and readers alike! Huge thanks to Kate for joining us on #WelshWritersWed. Fancy a giveaway? 


You can get a copy of Perfect Home here, or pop over to Twitter to see how you can win your very own signed copy, woot! 

(International giveaway, closes at midnight (UK time) on Tues 16th May 2017, see Twitter for details) Good luck Cwtchers! 

Can’t decide what book to #CwtchUp with this spring weekend?

Let us help you decide!

Thinking of spring cleaning… feel productive from your sofa / garden chair / beneath your duvet. 

Food Cravings… all the deliciousness without a single calorie. 

Wish you were at the beach… you can almost hear the seagulls.

Dreaming of adventure… without even having to look for your passport.

In the mood for romance… swoooooooon.

Feel like a good cry… tea & tissues on standby.

Fancy a mind-blowing twist…. you’ll never guess the ending. 

Whatever book you decide to #cwtchup with, here’s to a wonderful long weekend!

Big cwtches

Kate x

Spring faves

The Choir on Hope Street – Annie Lyons

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I think there are few situations in life that can’t be made better with singing. Obviously there are some pretty huge exceptions, but for the most part music is magic.

When Nat’s husband utters the words that no-one ever wants to hear; “I don’t love you anymore” she is left to pick up the pieces. Also making some huge life adjustments is perfect PTA Queen Caroline who is left with no choice but to take care of her estranged mother with dementia when her care home is unable to meet her needs.

Both women are dealing with hugely emotional life-changing situations, and both happen to live on the wonderfully named Hope Street where the local community hall is under threat from property developers.

Faced with all this drama, there’s only one logical solution….let’s SING! (I very much buy into this philosophy) As luck would have it, a handsome new music teacher has just joined the local school. Can good old community spirit bring everyone together and help both women find their way, find friendship and find their voices?

This is just the loveliest book! I’ll be honest I couldn’t STAND Caroline for a large part of it, she is infuriating and brilliantly depicted as one of Those Mums (we all know them, they’re on every committee, annoyingly perfect & determined to make you feel inadequate) It is quite a skill to take a repugnant character and bit-by-bit make you fall in love with them. Annie does this really well with Caroline’s character and there is a quite a significant turning point where you start to really feel for her. Caroline’s Mum who lives with dementia is also really sensitively written. As someone with personal experience of this awful disease, I think Annie has captured the associated heartache really beautifully.

This easily gets a melodic five cwtches from me, it’s a perfect pick-me-up read and will make you want to join a choir (and eat cake) Big thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

I hope (sorry) we’ll hear more from Hope Street, they are such a lovely bunch and I think there is huge scope to find out a bit more about each of the cast. Fingers crossed for more please – ENCORE!

Five cwtches – get your copy here!

Paris for One and Other Stories – Jojo Moyes

It’s been a really hectic few days for me which has meant a lot less time for reading this week. I’ve only had some short grabs of time to quickly pick up a book and dive in to a fictional world, there’s just been too much going on in the real one! 

When you’re reading this, I shall be exploring the beautiful city of Paris on my first ever trip there. Ooh la la! 

Why am I telling you this stuff? Well, both points are linked to this week’s book, Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes. A perfect novella & collection of short stories for when your reading time is limited to tiny bursts of literary lushness and your mind is on a trip to the city of love! 

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m not usually a fan of the novella, even less so of the short story. As a reader I just find it a bit clunky and by the time I’ve got to know the characters the story is over. I always want more! This is purely personal preference, I know some folks adore this style. I am however, a massive Jojo Moyes fan, which combined with my lack of available reading time this week meant that I absolutely loved this collection. It was a perfect romantic choice for this week and I could happily finish a story in one of my little mini nuggets of reading time, thanks Netgalley! 

The slightly longer main story about Nell’s first visit to Paris really got me in the mood for my own trip. It’s a lovely tale of empowerment, self-discovery and a swoony handsome French writer. The setting descriptions made me really excited to see the sights, taste the wine and fall in love! (Even if it’s just with the city and not necessarily my own rugged & creative French man…) 

Some of the other shorter stories I enjoyed more than others, but overall this is a tidy little collection of romance to cwtch up with. Get your copy here, four cwtches! 

How to win back your husband – Vivien Hampshire


After finishing a couple of twisty and tense reads I fancied something a little more gentle and a little less terrifying this week so I opted for “How to win back your husband” by Vivien Hampshire. Thanks to Netgalley for the copy to cwtch up with & review honestly. 

Nicci has made a big mistake which has cost her marriage. In an attempt to cheer her up, her gal pals throw her a divorce party – any excuse for a cocktail, right? Sadly no pretty, sweet, boozy beverage can even begin to ease her heartache when she’s just not in the mood to celebrate. Instead she sets out on a mission to win back her beloved Mark and – in the words of Cheryl Cole – fight fight fight fight fight for this love. (If it’s worth having it’s worth fighting for) 

But with only 30 days until the divorce is finalised, can she win him back in time? 

Compared to a few recent reads, the lack of crime and terror in this story doesn’t necessarily equate to a lack of feeling the feels; this is a really emotional book. There are some really tender moments amongst the more light-hearted feelgood stuff and I loved both Nicci & Mark’s honesty. The 30 days thing is a bit daft & not really necessary to drive the story forward but I can see why it was used. There’s also a little plot reveal that I wasn’t expecting which leads to a really satisfying ending. 

A lovely choice for this week, five cwtches! 
Get your copy here

Good Me Bad Me – Ali Land

I have a feeling this book is going to be HUGE this year. It’s unnerving, uncomfortable & undeniably beautifully written. 
Annie’s mother is a serial killer. Annie is given a new name & a new identity – Milly. She must live with her secret & a new family until it is her time to testify. 
Integrating within her foster family, torn loyalties to her birth mother and keeping her identity a secret makes for a tense and twisty backdrop for this story. 
I won’t lie, this book made me incredibly uncomfortable. I think anything where a chilling child killer plays a role is going to be difficult reading. I don’t think there’s a single character that I liked and sometimes that feels odd as a reader. I think we’re so used to aligning with our heroes & rooting for the good guys. In Good Me Bad Me it’s difficult to know exactly WHO the good guys are. This is credit to Ali Land’s brilliant writing. 

Annie/Milly is so creepy, but her perspective is unique, fascinating and keeps you gripped throughout. 
This will be a big book in 2017. Four cwtches. Order your copy here