Welcome to the Just Add Spice Blog Tour!
We’re taking Carol E. Wyer’s latest book to some of the world’s best book blogs for a fun ride full of reviews, guest posts and amazing giveaways. Get involved for the chance to a win something steamy for the bedroom, a signed paperback and a spot on one of KerisStainton’s writing courses . . .
What they say:
‘Escape from reality comes in patent-leather Prada kneeboots
Dawn Ellis needs to escape from her painfully dull existence. Her unemployed husband spends all day complaining about life, moping around, or fixing lawnmowers on her kitchen table. The local writing class proves to be an adequate distraction with its eccentric collection of wannabe authors and, of course, the enigmatic Jason, who soon shows a romantic interest in her.
Dawn pours her inner frustrations into her first novel about the extraordinary exploits of Cinnamon Knight, an avenging angel — a woman who doesn’t believe in following the rules. Cinnamon is ruthless and wanton, inflicting suffering on any man who warrants it. Little does Dawn realise that soon the line between reality and fiction will blur. Her own life will be transformed, and those close to her will pay the price. Find out what happens in Just Add Spice by best-selling author Carol E Wyer.
*** Spice, spice, baby ***
Guest Post by Carol E. Wyer
We all need to inject some excitement into our lives from time to time, but if you, like housewife Dawn Ellis, whose sunny facade masks a lifetime of disappointment, then what do you do to escape from your reality?
Demure Dawn Ellis, is trapped in a loveless marriage and a dull existence but is afraid to break away. She is used to her life and frightened of the unknown. Her escape comes in her writing and in the form of a character, Cinnamon Knight, a woman who does exactly as she wants and takes no nonsense from anyone. Cinnamon is an avenging angel, part Lara Croft, and part Wonder Woman. She is bold and fearless, strong and independent—created solely by Dawn’s own imagination.
Taking her writing mentor’s advice a little too seriously, Dawn works hard to create a more lifelike Cinnamon. She begins to ‘method write’ and attempts to get inside her character’s mind. However, it is clear that Cinnamon is the stronger of the two and soon she begins to take over her hapless creator. The more Dawn writes about Cinnamon, the more powerful Cinnamon becomes and soon the line between reality and fiction blurs. Cinnamon is about to break free from the pages and invade Dawn’s life, transforming it forever.
Just Add Spice is a light-hearted read but hidden beneath the humour is the stark reality that life is short, relationships are complicated and not always what they seem and most importantly, opportunities should not be wasted.
I have been very fortunate in my life to have had some wonderful ‘spicy’ adventures. (No, I’m not talking sex here!) It is important for us all to continue to inject enthusiasm into our lives and relationships, whether that be through taking up new challenges, or having a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You should attempt to spice things up every now and again. You’re not thinking about sex again, are you? Dawn does. How does she attempt to rouse her husband? Well. Let’s just say, it’ll make you gasp.
I am someone who loves playing about with words. The title, as do all my titles, serves a dual purpose. Think “sugar and spice and all things nice…” and you’ll be getting close to it. Cinnamon’s mother used the rhyme to name her daughter after a spice, but of course, life changes Cinnamon into a dark character. Obviously, Dawn desperately needs some spice in her life. Put the two together, add a sexy male love interest, read the end of the book and you will have the answer!
Carol E. Wyer is an award winning author whose humorous novels take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully.
Her best-selling debut novel ‘Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines’ won five awards for humour.
‘Surfing in Stilettos’ which follows the further adventures of Amanda Wilson as she attempts to inject some fun into her life, was a Costa Award nominee.
Safkhet Publishing released ‘How Not to Murder Your Grumpy’ June 1st 2012, the first of three books in a ‘Grumpy’ series.
Carol has featured on numerous shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’. She has had articles published in national magazines such as Woman’s Weekly’ and on-line magazines. She writes regularly for The Huffington Post and author website Indies Unlimited.
She is a signed author with ThornBerry Publishing and Safkhet Publishing.
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Win a signed paperback copy of Just Add Spice and have your very own personalised copy of the book readers are saying “you can’t read quick enough.“
Giveaway closes 30th November. UK Only.