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The month that was: May 2016

What happened:
In May I did the cover reveals for both B-Side and Found - don't they look awesome? B-Side was published on May 17th, and went on tour for the last two weeks of the month, which has kept me busy when I've not been working on Found. (Catch up with the tour stops here and here.)

We did head to Dorset though to visit my parents, aunt and uncle, and we enjoyed a lovely walk on the beach from Highcliffe Castle to Mudeford Quay - oh, I do love to be beside the seaside! We also went to Kent to visit Olly's family in May.

Other than that, May was pretty quiet, to be honest, though I did join my local library. (Still need to sign up to a new GP though - priorities, huh!) It's writing, writing, writing at the moment for me!

What I ate:
I met my friend for dinner at Pho, and then headed to Cutter & Squidge for dessert afterwards, picking their very delicious salted caramel s'more biskie (below left). I'll definitely be back for another one of those! In Highcliffe we enjoyed fish and chips on the beach, which were pretty yummy, though I wish they wouldn't leave the skin on the fish. So wrong! (Below right.) We also ate at The Wheatsheaf, which is a nice enough pub in New Milton.

We tried out Chit Chaat Chai in Wandsworth Town, which was delicious. Lots of tasty Indian food, and they do my new favourite dish - pau bhaji (below left). Yum! We ordered way too much, but we'll back, and we got to try out some pubs in Wandsworth for the first time, too. The next night we were in Kent, and went to Giacomo's for Italian; I enjoyed a lovely wild boar ragu pasta dish from there.

Finally, we ate at The Glasshouse in Kew, which has a Michelin star. (It's the sister restaurant of Chez Bruce where we went for my birthday in April.) The food was really tasty, but I liked Chez Bruce better - Olly was the other way round - though I did prefer my dessert at The Glasshouse. The accompanying dessert wine was a Vin Santo from Santorini, which was a trip down memory lane, so I had to order a glass with my dark chocolate mousse, hazelnut nougatine, bergamot and brown sugar ice cream dessert. My bantam egg yolk ravioli with rocket and pesto velouté, sunflower seeds and pancetta starter is pictured above, and my main was the spring Welsh lamb with braised shoulder, boulangère potatoes, pea and ramson emulsion. Yum!

What I watched:
We continued to watch Game of Thrones - I think my theory about Jon Snow's parentage might just be right - and watched a few more episodes of Jessica Jones. I think Jessica Jones is OK, but I find her character pretty annoying and the plot, so far, seems pretty drawn out for not much reason at all - just me?

At the cinema I watched an advanced screening of Me Before You, which I really enjoyed. I thought the casting was spot-on, and since I didn't actually LOVE the book (I gave it 3/5 when I read it), I'm going to reread it at some point and give it another chance.

Other films watched: Mr Holmes, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Crazy Stupid Love, Hot Pursuit, The Dark Knight Rises, Legend, Say When, Whip It, Definitely Maybe and The Bad Education Movie.

What I read:
In May I read 18 books, which included four books I've read before (the first two books in two series that I'd read ages ago; I reread them to refresh my memory before reading the third book in each series).

My favourite books I read in May were The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Bell and Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk - two fantastic chick lit books if you're after something light-hearted to read.

How was your month? x

B-Side blog tour: Part II

And that's a wrap! Thank you so much to all the lovely book bloggers who took part in the B-Side (Arielle Lockley series book 2.5) blog tour, and also to everyone who bought the book, reviewed it, shared it, tweeted about it etc. I appreciate it so much. Roll on August and the Found tour! But, before that, I need to tell you what happened in the second half of the B-Side tour.

The second half of the tour kicked off with a review from A Spoonful of Happy Endings:

The next day, I shared Etta's favourite music tracks, as well as my own, on Rachel's Random Reads. That was so tricky, and I think I've already changed my mind and want to pick different tracks for me! The tour then went to Zili in the Sky for another review stop:

Laura's Little Book Blog hosted a guest post on how the book came about, whilst there was a great review from Curious Ginger Cat:

The following day there was a dazzling 5* review from Bookish Bits, which really made my day!

The tour then went to ajbookreviewclub's blog for a review stop, which was another 5* review, followed by a guest post at Comet Babe's Books. Finally, the B-Side book tour ended with a 4* review from Sky's Book Corner:

What a great tour! It seems the tour was split on their feelings towards Etta, but everyone who reviewed the book seemed to enjoy the story, overall, and they all can't wait for Found!

Once again, a big thank you all the book bloggers that took part, and well done to the winners of the giveaway. If you need to catch up with what happened on the first half of the tour, head here. x

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