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Sunday, 12 July 2020

Guest Post: The Importance of Being a Book Blogger by Annette Hannah

Hi gang!

Happy Sunday! Today I'm absolutely thrilled to welcome the wonderful Annette Hannah to the blog as part of her tour celebrating the release of her debut novel, Wedding Bells at the Signal Box Cafe. I'm absolutely thrilled for Annette - we've known each other as bloggers for maaaaannnnyyyy years, so for us both to have our debut out in the same month is awesome! And when you've hung out with Annette here, she's interviewing me over at her place today too - come visit! Ladies and gents. I give you - drumroll - Annette Hannah!

I have been a book blogger for about five years now and one of the best things about it is the chance to meet and mingle with my favourite authors. Between the fabulous Sara-Jade Virtue at Simon and Schuster, the amazing Kim Nash at Bookouture and so many individual authors, I’ve been invited to some absolutely fantastic events. From afternoon teas at the Grosvenor House Hotel to cocktail laden book launches and parties and brainstorming brunches. I even got the chance to meet the fabulous Jackie Collins too.

The other fantastic thing about being a book blogger is meeting other absolutely amazing book bloggers, I often hear authors exclaiming about how wonderful book bloggers are. They shout from the rooftops about their favourite books and expect nothing in return just for the love of books. The perks of course are sometimes receiving Advanced Reading Copies or ARCS but that doesn’t always happen because bloggers also still buy so many books. It’s such an amazing feeling to read an author’s book before it comes out and then help them to share it, it’s being part of something so huge, a wonderful secret.

Kim Nash has organised many fantastic events up and down the country, they’re called Shenanigans and they are such good fun. Kim and I became close very quickly and I don’t even remember how, we just seemed to know each other straight away. We’ve shared our secret ambition to write over the years and I was so happy last year when Kim was published, and she’s now just released her third book and of course I was on her blog tour and she’s going to be on mine.

It was at one of those Shenanigans in London that I met the lovely Laura Bambrey and it was when I was holding tightly onto my secret that I’d signed a two book deal with Orion Dash that Simon and Schuster announced that they’d signed Laura. I couldn’t be happier for Laura as a fellow blogger/author it’s amazing news and that’s why we agreed to do a blog swap today. So do pop over to SincerelyBookAngels.blogspot.com and see her being interviewed by us.

My blogger friends are so important to me, the lovely Linda Hill and I often meet up before an event for tea and cake and a good long chat as we know once we are at the event it’s like a whirlwind. Talking of whirlwinds that’s how it’s felt ever since I was offered my contract. It really is a dream come true for me and I do want to say to all of you writers out there who think it will never happen, just keep going because one of these days your manuscript will land on the desk of someone who gets you. I really didn’t think it would ever happen to me but it did.

I’m so happy to now be starting my publishing journey and that is how I found out for myself just how amazing and supportive the blogging community is, THEY ARE SO PROUD OF, AND HAPPY FOR ME! I began to share my news to my lovely friends and within a couple of hours I had at least ten people offering to help with my cover reveal and almost twenty on my blog tour, and it was really short notice. I couldn’t actually believe it was my cover being shared and it felt like I was retweeting for somebody else. The love I felt on twitter was unbelievable and actually quite overwhelming. So I would like to give a huge thank you to all my fabulous friends for helping me out, you’ll never know how much it meant to me and I can’t wait to see you all at future events.

Thank you Laura for having me on your fabulous blog and good luck with your amazing book.

The Blurb:

Here comes the bride...

Lucy Woods has always dreamed of running her very own wedding venue. After moving her eight-year-old son to the countryside she's surprised to find the perfect location and her best friend, Abbie, eager to help make that dream a reality! Too bad Abbie's older brother Dominic isn't keen on Lucy or their big idea!

As a divorce lawyer Dominic doesn't believe in love at first sight or wedding vows, he's seen them broken more times than he can count. But when Lucy arrives back in town, his hardened heart begins to crack.

Making her dream come true is a huge undertaking, but Lucy knows that The Signal Box Café is her chance to finally make something of her life. If only the irritating (and oh-so-gorgeous) Dom didn't make her imagine wearing a white dress and walking down the aisle...

Can Lucy and Dominic find a way to each other this summer or will the wedding bells chime for another couple?

Grab your copy here: UK or US

About the Author

Annette Hannah is a Liver Bird who relocated to leafy Hertfordshire in the 80's and now lives near a river with her husband, two of their three grown up children and a crazy black cocker spaniel. She writes Romantic comedies in settings inspired by the beautiful countryside around her and always with a nod to her hometown.

She worked in Marketing for many years as a qualified Marketeer which she loved as it tapped into her creative side.

As an avid reader, she began to review the books she read, became a book blogger and eventually plucked up the courage to fulfil her life long dream of writing a book.

For four years she was a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association's new writers' scheme, during which time she wrote a book a year.

After signing a two book deal with Orion Dash in 2020 she graduated to full member of the organisation and is also their Press Officer.

She loves long walks along the river, travelling to far flung places, the odd glass of Pinot Blush and spending time with her friends and family.

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