Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay Book Blog Tour Plus Exclusive Q & A With Author Jill Mansell

Love is in the air in St Carys, but you'd never know it - the people of this seaside town are very good at keeping secrets...
The man Clemency loves belongs to someone else. She has to hide her true feelings - but when she ropes in an unsuspecting friend to help, wires start to get crossed.
For the first time in Ronan's life his charm has failed him in winning over the woman he wants. Loving her from afar appears to be his only option.
Belle seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but something isn't quite right. And now a long-buried secret is slowly rising to the surface.
The truth has a funny way of revealing itself, and when it does St Carys will be a very different place indeed...

Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay
by Jill Mansell
Publisher: Review
Publish Date: 12 Jan. 2017
Rating: 4.5 / 5
* PR hardback copy received in exchange for an honest review


Being approached to join a tour for Jill Mansell was a moment of sheer excitement and impending reading glee. After reading my first book from Jill, You And Me Always, I was really excited to read my second book from her great family saga penmanship... and I'm pleased to say I wasn't let down at all.

Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay focuses on three main storylines which are all caught up in their own relationship troubles. Sisters Clem and Belle both like the same man, Marina faces her ex who divorced her at the worst time of her life and Ronan has a huge surprise that no one sees coming. Despite having the very different scenarios playing out throughout the book, they all compliment each other and grow as we get to know the characters involved.

Out of all the storylines I think my favourite has to be the plot for Ronan and the woman he loves, Kate. Although Ronan is roped in to a cunning plan, he still has strong feelings for Kate since he spent the night with her. They make an adorable couple and the end of their story is a little bewildering, slightly unbelievable, but cute nevertheless.

The characters are well mapped out and feature a personality which will match pretty much any reader of Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay. I can relate to Clem  to some extent but since I don't have a sister I just pretend that she's my brother instead. The sibling bickerings are completely down to Earth and just as they should be; a little explosive, quite selfish and extremely stubborn.  

Finished in a grand total of three sittings Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay is a book that really settled with me and didn't take long to capture my attention, and imagination. The intricate but delicate plot keeps you involved in the unfolding story and the twists are definitely there to make you stop and momentarily look up.  This is a great read for anyone who loves a bit of family drama with a gentle edge of romance blended in.

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Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay:

Q &A With Jill Mansell

1. Thank you for joining Blooming Fiction today. Can you introduce yourself and tell us a random fact about yourself?
Hi, I'm Jill Mansell, thanks so much for inviting me to answer your questions! You'd like to know a random fact about me? OK, I am excellent at forging signatures. Should have been a spy. Or maybe that's a double bluff and I actually am one...
2. What's your latest book called and what is it about?
My latest book is called Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay and it's set in a sunny seaside town in North Cornwall. As always with my novels, there are intertwined stories amongst a group of people who may have more in common than they think. I used the setting, the town of St Carys, in a previous book (The Unpredictable Consequences of Love) but this one contains a whole new set of characters, and is a completely standalone read - although occasional characters from theprevious book will be making brief cameo appearances. Just for fun!
3. Where did you get your inspiration from for your latest work?
I always have the initial idea which starts the book off, and this time I used the premise of two strangers sitting next to each other on a plane and forging a real, potentially life-changing connection. For years I've waited for this scenario to happen to me, but so far with no luck at all - I usually find myself sitting next to some enormous man who reeks of beer and garlic and snores loudly throughout the flight. Still, I live in hope!
4. What would you like readers to get out of reading your book?
I write feel-good fiction and love to make my readers laugh and cry. There will eventually be happy endings for those characters who deserve it. People tell me they love to escape into my novels and put their own troubles aside, and that's why I enjoy writing them too. Life's too short not to have as much fun as possible, isn't it?
5. How about other books or stories you've written, are there any stories you would suggest as an ideal starter for readers new to your books?
I've written twenty eight books and each of them has been a standalone, so anyone can start reading any of them they like the sound of. A few of my personal favourites are Three Amazing Things About You, Miranda's Big Mistake, Perfect Timing, To the Moon and Back, and You and Me Always. (But I do love them all, I promise!)
6. Have you ever taken any of your plots from your own life experiences?
I have often used my own experiences to create plots and scenarios in my books - it would be crazy not to! When you're an author, the very best thing about having something embarrassing and humiliating happen to you in real life, is knowing that you can always write about it later. I collect other people's embarrassing moments too - they come in handy!
7. Are all your books from the same genre? Is there a genre you would like to try writing?
All my books have been romantic comedies with added drama - it's what people want and expect me to write. I do sometimes think about having a go at a thrillery crime novel - who knows, maybe it'll happen one day.
8. If you weren't an author what career would you see yourself in?
If I weren't an author I would still be working in clinical neurophysiology. I used to perform EEGs (amongst other tests) on patients in a neurological hospital and loved my job.
9. Is there any advice you've been given that you would pass on to anyone who dreams of
becoming an author?
I do get asked for writing advice all the time, but sadly there is no magic answer. If someone wants to write a book they just have to knuckle down and do it! As for advice, all I can say is that every writer I know has a different method of working, so it's really just a matter of trying all the different ways until you find the right one.

For example, I write all my books by hand, because I just can't cope with typing my characters straight onto a computer. I also always have the TV on while I'm working, but could never listen to music. Nor could I sit in a cafe and write – it would be far too distracting. And some people plan out every aspect of their stories in advance, whilst others (like me!) just dive in and make it up as they go along.
So that's my advice – keep experimenting until you discover what works for you. Good luck, and don't forget to have fun!

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