If you haven’t noticed this week we’ve been completely obsessed with one hashtag: #SexMeUpReadathon organised by those fantastic Gosling Girls. You need to get yourself over to the SexMeUpReadathon page and check out the fantastic posts from authors, publishers and bloggers alike. We’re half way through the week and it’s been fantastic so far!
Not only that, but the lucky Hot Bed girls will be taking over all day on Friday, offering you a small insight into Hot Bed HQ, how we came together, why we love these books… and obviously an amazing competition to win yourself an entire bag of Book Boyfriends (books!).
If you haven’t joined in yet why not? Tweet us, use the hashtag #SexMeUpReadathon, with your favourite sexy read, or why you love these books. We’d love to hear from you!
Photo Credit: Jack and Lola Photography
To celebrate the UK paperback publication of Sweet Thing, we were so very lucky to have the pleasure of putting our questions to the wonderful author, Renée Carlino.
If you had to describe your new book in 5 words what would…
Nowhere But Here is the third romantic novel by the extremely talented Renée Carlino (author of Sweet Thing and Sweet Little Thing).
When journalist Kate Corbin’s motivation and creative flare starts slipping away, her boss takes a leap of faith, encourages her to get back to her old self and packs her off to the depths of beautiful California to write an explorative piece on the billionaire tech-genius-turned-winemaker R. J. Lawson.
It is here that Kate stumbles upon Jamie; a young, gorgeous, gardener-come-welder-come-karaoke-king (who also manages to find time to volunteer at homeless shelters!). Kate is so used to independence, living by her motto ‘I’m all I’ve got’, that letting somebody get attached is a real challenge for her. But would letting somebody close trigger yet another love-life disaster or could it be all she hoped for?
We absolutely love Nowhere But Here here at The Hot Bed. Renée Carlino gives a real sense of the hustle and bustle of Chicago, contrasting it perfectly with the cool and calm of California. This book has a healthy supply of mystery keeping us constantly questioning characters - is everyone who they say they are? - as well as plenty of blazing passion and leg-buckling romance!
Also, Kate is the perfect heroine. We respect her strive for independence but admire her ability to let go and take a risk! We all thoroughly enjoyed following her journey to discover both her future and her past. Plus, if Jimmy doesn’t make you want to hop on a plane to California we don’t know what will!
So, this weekend we attended the Romance Authors and Readers Event (RARE) in Edinburgh. It was a weekend of meeting authors, chatting to bloggers and readers and spending far too much time stalking Stuart Reardon who was topless in a kilt! Phwoar.
We had an absolutely amazing weekend so big thank you to Amy, Adriane and Teri for organising it all and thanks to everyone that came and said hello to us to chat all things books!
You can check out all the photos here.
If you didn’t already know, us lucky Hot Bed girls are at RARE in Edinburgh this weekend. But, if you couldn’t make it, do not fear! All you need to do is sign up to our newsletter to be in with a chance of winning a Hot Bed bag of Books. It will hold up to 8 books from across all of our authors, and what’s best is we’ll pick one winner every month!
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today, recommend a friend and you can still win goodies even if you’re not at the event.
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That’s right, Edinburgh! Watch out! We’re on our way, & that means one thing… ROAD TRIP PLAYLIST!
We have compiled a list of music which I’m sure will keep us going the whole journey - it’s quite a way! But fear not, we will not have lost our voices from singing, so we can still natter with you at the #RARE14 event.
Plug in and have a listen. If you’re on your way up to Edinburgh, let us know what you’re listening to.
If you’re not heading up to Scotland, don’t miss out. Keep your eye out on the Twitter and Facebook for all the up to date action as it happens.
See you there!
Five very good reasons to visit The Hot Bed at Edinburgh #RARE14!
- You can get a Hot Bed tote!
- We have a table FULL OF SWAG; early Proofs, unpublished titles, wristbands and more and you can win it all!
- There will be lollies. Lots of lollies.
- We will have signed copies from authors who couldn’t make it inc. ALICE CLAYTON & JAMIE MCGUIRE available to buy.
- We are awesome people! (Check out the vine if you need proof!)
Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. Not only emotionally and physically, Amber comes under the force of her father. One night when her brother’s best friend sees her crying, he climbs through her bedroom window. He comforts her and calms her down as she lies sobbing, he doesn’t let her go until the morning arrives. From that moment on, this becomes routine, and Liam sleeps with Amber every night, protecting her from her nightmares. When Amber is panicked, Liam’s touch can calm her down.
But Liam isn’t always sweet and attentive with Amber, as the popular player at school, he teases her and provokes her endlessly into getting a reaction, playing the part of a player well, even to convince Amber. But then they kiss. Everything changes and finally the feelings Liam keeps deep inside show and we see that he has loved her from the first moment he laid eyes on her when she was 4, telling his own mum that he thought he’d seen an angel.
If you loved this book, Kirsty Moseley will be at the #RARE14 event this weekend, so do go & share the love!
With Alice Clayton’s Rusty Nailed from her cocktail series coming out in paperback on the 3rd, we thought here at The Hot Bed we’d pull together some boozy tunes! As we enjoy a knees up ourselves, we thought we were well qualified for the job, so here is our playlist!
So go on, pick your poison, turn up your speakers and have a listen.
Tears of Tess is the first book in the Monsters in the Dark series, and after reading this I instantly downloaded and pre-ordered the others in the series because this is a book that you won’t want to miss out on.
Whilst on holiday with her long term boyfriend, Tess is kidnapped by human traffickers and sold. Suddenly, what was meant to be the holiday of her dreams has become a nightmare. Sold to the mysterious alpha Q. Mercer, Tess is forced into a psychologically and physically abusive relationship with the man who has purchased her. However, when the chance to escape arises and Tess takes it, suddenly Q, the man who seemed her greatest enemy, becomes her ally and as their relationship starts to change and more is revealed about who Q really is, Tess is forced to see him in a different light.
This book tackles some pretty intense and contentious situations, so it’s definitely not for the faint hearted, but it is a great read and I you do find yourself rooting for Q and Tess by the end. Pepper Winters is attending the RARE event in Edinburgh this year, so if you’re going and you haven’t read Tears for Tess yet, bump it up the TBR pile because it’s definitely worth it!
This week is our last week of #HotBedHQ *sad face* BUT we are giving you the best insight so far – our bookshelves! Find out what we read when we’re not reading NA! With only a week to go until the Edinburgh Event, we’re SO excited to chat books with you, so if you see something you love on our shelves, let us know!
Here is my London bookshelf – yes, there’s more in Lincoln. This bookshelf isn’t really organised in any particular way except for wherever I can find space! The second shelf down however homes my romance and new adult books. In the cracks and crevices – please stop with your dirty minds – I have lots of proofs, SO many YA books (which I LOVE!) that I’ve lost count of.
I also have an ultimate girl crush on Morgan Matson, her books Second Chance Summer, Amy & Rogers Epic Detour and Since You’ve Been Gone are amazing! I also love Sarah Dessen, Andrew Gross who is a crime writer and travel writer, Bill Bryson. I have a signed copies of books by SJ Watson, Tess Gerritsen, Jodi Piccoult and Salman Rushdie.
Amongst these books, you’ll find a sad looking set of three books with cracked spines, that is the Thoughtless trilogy by SC Stephens which I’ve read at least 10 times since September – EEK!
I moved in fully expecting to have to bankrupt myself buying a bazillion bookcases only to discover that my north facing windowsill is the EXACT right size to take a paperback. Only problem is… it’s now full!
My bookshelf is a real mix, of course there’s a sizeable selection of romance and NA, Alice Clayton, Abbi Glines and Louise Bagshawe leading the charge.. There’s also my childhood favourites - The whole of the Anne of Green Gables series, The Famous Five and Winnie the Witch. There’s my teen fantasy section , well thumbed copies of Garth Nix’s amazing Sabriel trilogy, William Nicholson’s The Wind Singer and a signed set of Phillip Reeve’s Mortal Engines.
The only books I don’t keep on the windowsill are on my desk and are total bookporn. My granddad loved Folio books (gorgeously bound, illustrated hardback classics) which he would buy me for Christmas and birthdays. I rarely read them, they’re too special, but I love to look at them. My favourites are Farenheit 451 (the illustrations are CRAZY) and my John Wyndham trilogy.
So, I’ve just moved house (ahem, 6 months ago) and I only have about five books on my shelf – Liane Moriarty’s A Husband’s Secret, Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and an old favourite: Christina Jones’ Tickled Pink.
So, as that doesn’t make a great photo, I’ve taken one of my work shelves – now don’t get too jealous, there is a lot of book porn on there – in both senses of the word! Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Katja Millay, K.A Tucker and S.C Stephens, to name but a few!
These books have been my life at S&S for the last year or so, so they stand proudly in the Editorial shelves. I bet you wish you could swap places with me right now?!
I have no storage space in my room, so my bookshelves hold everything – I’m a little bit like Golem ‘MY PRETTIES’ and I have a problem with tea cups – at last count I had over 20… But getting onto the books, my bookshelf is ordered by genre, then author.
So left to right is poetry, Native American authors (I love Susan Power and Louise Erdrich), Aboriginal authors (Shadow Lines will blow your mind), and then everyone else. I have a massive obsession with anything Toni Morrison, I can’t get enough of her writing. And if you read any book this year, please read Erasure by Percival Everett.
Just behind the Russian Doll is my first edition of Rebecca by Daphne Du Marier, a gift from my sister. On the right hand side you can just about see the green picture book (next to Colour Me Ginger… I have a thing for gingers so it’s a good job we’re going to Scotland!) which is Snuggle Piggy and the Magic Blanket. And yes, the champagne is my emergency champagne.
Missed out on a #HotBedHQ? Going to Edinburgh to the RARE event? Check out our previous posts…
Also, if you missed out on seeing our faces photoshopped onto half naked men, you should check out our Edinburgh fun facts! Did you know some guy got his head stuck in a bin?!
In honour of Alice Clayton’s fabulously funny new book – Rusty Nailed – we ran a Identify the Cocktail competition. And now, my friends, the time has come to announce those lucky few who have won a signed copy of the first book in the series, Wallbanger, the winners are….
If you want to find out what the cocktails were, you can find the answers here!
If you’re a winner, please email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can post your goodies out to you!