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Book length - 320 pages
Life isn’t all love and cupcakes …
Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better.
But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she can’t help but feel that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?
Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed.
But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there...
Previously released as Sweet Occasions by the author. Revised and edited by Choc Lit December 2015.
Katie is at a crossroads in her life but is struggling with what she wants for her future. While she adores baking and her perfect store, she isn't happy with the new direction that her business has taken under the influence of her partner, Steve. And another problem is her relationship - after all that they have been through, can she really walk away from him? But life has a funny way of steering you in different directions, and when Katie meets Adam and his family, the strings of fate that loosely connect them will guide their futures - with a little help from those that love them. A LITTLE SUGAR, A LOT OF LOVE by Linn B. Halton is a heartwarming, endearing novel of love, loss, friendship, and finding the strength to be who you want to be. With loveable characters, cosy scenes, a magical atmosphere, and a wonderful plot, A LITTLE SUGAR, A LOT OF LOVE by Linn B. Halton, is the perfect read for a cold evening, and I highly recommend it to all fiction fans.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+
Bristol-born Linn B Halton lives on the edge of the small market town of Cinderford, in the Forest of Dean, in the UK.
"I'm a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, and writing. Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache..."
An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Linn's novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.
Linn writes chick lit, women's contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Choc Lit, Harper Impulse and Endeavour Press. For more information:
Website - linnbhalton.co.uk
Facebook - www.facebook.com/LinnBHaltonAuthor/
Twitter - twitter.com/linnbhalton
*Book received from Netgalley.com
I was delighted to get the opportunity to chat with Linn B. Halton about her books, and writing in general. Check it out below:
Q&A WITH LINN B. HALTON
1. You write chick lit, women's contemporary fiction, and psychic romance. Do you have a favourite genre?
Good question, Linda, and I can honestly say that it isn’t until after I’ve finished writing a manuscript that I even think about genre, and I’ll be honest, quite often it’s difficult to choose one label. Even my ‘chick lit’ novels often touch on some of life’s more harrowing moments, and one reader referred to some of my stories as ‘chick lit without the fluff’. I wish there was a ‘feel-good’ genre, as my aim is to always leave the reader with hope and a smile!
2. You live in a beautiful area near the Forest of Dean. How important do you feel setting is in your story? And does your location influence your storylines?
I will admit that having settled here only four years ago it did feel like coming home, although I was born and lived most of my life in Bristol. There is something very magical and spiritual about the forest, so more and more I find myself using it as a setting. However, that doesn’t stop me doing a bit of travelling in some of my novels and I think it’s only natural that the places I love to visit will be those I call upon first. In which case I head off to France, Italy, or Los Angeles.
Sometimes location isn’t key to a story, though, because my writing style is all about the emotions of the characters and giving the reader an insight into what is going on inside their heads. The things they would never voice aloud, or share with anyone are the heart and soul of most of my stories.
I also love looking at something from more than one point of view – the equivalent to he said/she said. In real life I never fail to be amazed at how two people witnessing the same thing can go away with very different interpretations. And that’s why life is never straightforward – but it makes a storyline more believable!
3. In 2013, you won the UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction Award. How important are awards, in the writing world?
When I began writing in 2009 I met up with a group of other newbie authors and a band of book reviewers. I set up Loveahappyending.com where everyone could share their book launches, writing advice, and reviews. At the time it was one of the first websites doing this and not only spread the word about the authors and reviewers taking part, but our visitors had as much fun as we did and kept coming back for more!
After a couple of years this website evolved into a life and style emagazine. We still have the Bookshop Window, a once a month feature, but now we cover everything from film reviews, to DIY and even a relationship advice column.
In general I think awards are a wonderful way of recognising how hard everyone in this industry works. Whether it’s the authors, the editors, the wider publisher teams, the book buyers, or the fantastically enthusiastic review bloggers – everyone is passionate about what they do. Winning any award is a wonderful feeling, so long may they continue.
4. Who is your go-to author for a quality read?
It’s so hard to pick just one, but Cathy Kelly has always resonated with me. At times in my life when I’ve been going through something really traumatic – like a bereavement – it’s invariably been one of Cathy’s books I picked up to escape for a while from the day-to-day trauma. But I do have a long list of favourite authors!
5. In 'A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love', the story flowed effortlessly from start to finish. When it comes to writing are you a plotter (plot every element before you begin to write) or a pantser (just start writing and see where it takes you)?
Ah, thank you for that lovely comment! I sit down with a working title and the name of the main character. Then I see where it takes me. Often I don’t know how it will end until I’m almost there. In one book I even guessed incorrectly and I’m not joking here. The ending really surprised me as it came out of the blue. But when I re-read it I realised there had been subtle clues all the way through, which made me realise that my fingers work faster than my brain can process the keystrokes.
If I had to plan a story and then write it, I fear I wouldn’t enjoy the process. What fires me up to write is that first tiny seed of an idea – sometimes a one-liner that comes into my head, or an emotion. Other times I set myself a challenge.
With A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love I wondered if I could write a story where two characters lead virtually separate lives and only cross each other’s path a couple of times a year. Spanning two years, would the other parts of their day-to-day lives swamp the gentle fascination they have for each other? I wanted the reader to feel that delicate blossoming of an almost impossible connection. My heart ached for them as I was writing the story and it was my homage to those who have unrequited love in their hearts. Sometimes you have to follow your heart and disregard what your head is telling you!
Thank you so much for inviting me over, Linda – it’s a delight to be here. It was on my wish list, actually, so I’m thrilled!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Linn and Choc Lit for giving me this opportunity to review and chat to Linn - I really enjoy getting an insight into a writer's world!
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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