Wednesday 12 February 2014

How to Get a (Love) Life by Rosie Blake Blog Tour

I am so excited to be a part of the How To Get A (Love) Life by Rosie Blake Blog Tour, with an interview with the lovely Rosie Blake.


Some people book last-minute holidays, walk barefoot in the grass or party on a week night. Not Nicola Brown.
Nicola is the kind of girl who double-locks the front door, leaves the plastic covering on new furniture, sticks to a super-strict diet and definitely, absolutely Does Not Date.
Her colleague Caroline – loopy, warm and exasperated by her, knows that Nicola's reluctance to lose control means she's living only half a life. And so she lays down the gauntlet: Nicola must cast aside her hang ups and go on as many dates as it takes to find true love in time for Valentine's Day.
The pick of local men is, quite frankly, a bit rubbish. And there are only three months until February 14th. Surely it's an impossible task? But, as Nicola is about to find out on her dodgy dates, letting
go isn't quite as scary as she imagined. In fact, it's rather a lot of fun...

Interview with Rosie Blake

1. Can you please tell us about your book How to get a (Love) Life?

Of course! The book follows super uptight Nicola Brown (as in, has to eat her chocolate mini roll at the exact same time every day uptight) who has never had a date on Valentine’s Day. Following a bet with a work colleague, Nicola has to throw caution to the wind and go on as many dates as she possibly can in order to find the perfect man in time for February 14th.

2. Does the storyline have any resonance in your life?

*does suspicious eyes*

Who have you been talking to?

*looks sharply at husband*

3. What is your favourite romance film?

Private answer: Message in a Bottle. (Kevin Costner, I salute you)
Public answer: The Notebook, of course.

4. What is the best date you have ever been on?

One of my favourite moments (don't judge me, I'm not all about the material goods) was getting home after a lovely dinner with a boyfriend and finding that he had slipped a present in my coat pocket. I opened it at home and it was a gorgeous silver bracelet. The first present he ever gave me.

5. Do you love or hate Valentines Day?

I have to say, I am afraid I am a bit of a hater. It's just that it can be quite a stressful day of obstacles for men, I think, and I loathe the idea that someone feels he has to behave in a certain way or he'll have disappointed me. Saying that, it's always a great day to remind yourself to focus on that relationship. And to get given stuff. Either way, us girls want some romance thrown in sporadically. So, menfolk, on any given Tuesday, take home some flowers for her she'll love you for it. And take her out on Valentine's Day.

*looks at feet guiltily* We want it all, okay?

6. What is your favourite romance story?

I love those stories in newspapers when couples celebrate their 75th anniversary together and still seem to really like each other. For me, that is romance.

7. What are you working on at the moment?

I am loving my second novel. It's a girl's global search for a man she married back in the school playground aged 8 and is set in all sorts of fun places like Malaysia and Paris and Taunton. I’m in the midst of the fun first draft and have just been letting go and running with it.

Quick fire questions?

1. Tea or Coffee? Tea

2. Holiday abroad or Staycation? Staycation

3. Pen or pencil? Pen

4. Kisses or hugs? Hugs, kisses, can I have both?

5. Run or Walk? Walk. With the promise of a hot chocolate at the end.

About Rosie Blake

Rosie spent her university years writing pantomimes based on old classics. The 2003
production of The Wizard of Odd: Search for the Ruby Strippers enjoyed critical acclaim. This was followed a year later with a successful showing of Harry Potter: The Musical (complete with moving opening number, In my Cupboard I will Stay).
Rosie went on to write a winning short story in the La
Senza/Little Black Dress Short Story Competition and was shortlisted in a few others including competitions run by Women and Home and The Daily Mail. Her first full-length novel, How to Get a (Love) Life, was published in January 2014 by Novelicious Books.

How To Get A (Love) Life is out now and available to order from Amazon UK

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