Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Baby & the Bride by Laura Barnard (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Author Laura Barnard is joining us with her aromatic comedy, THE BABY & THE BRIDE. Enjoy!

Writing between the wines…

A question I get asked constantly is how I come up with the crazy antics that I include in my books.  The answer is that most of it has happened to either me or a friend!  While you may be reading between a few wines, I’m writing between them.  I’ve been known to go on a girlie night, get a bit tipsy and take out my notepad and start jotting things down.  At first my friends thought it was fun, but now they’re scared what I’m going to put in it.  The amount of times I’ve drunkenly declared ‘THAT is going in the book!’

The next day the many ideas I’ve jotted down can be completely unintelligible, but the interaction alone with my hilarious friends gets my writing going.  It's easy to write about fun friendships when you’re constantly snorting wine out of your nose, from giggling with your own.

Many people comment that reading my books is like curling up and catching up with your best friends.  I really set out to make you feel that way – I want you to be involved and invested in their futures.  Everyone knows a Poppy or a Jazz, so it's easy to relate to and cringe at the endless embarrassing situations.

When older relatives tell me they intend on reading my books I inwardly cringe.  It feels like they’re looking into my life, as it's all so personal to me.  But ultimately anyone that has ever laughed so hard they’ve wet themselves is a kindred spirit of mine.  Read my books, but wear a Tena lady first.  

The Baby & the Bride by Laura Barnard
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Sequel to the #1 Amazon Best-Seller, The Debt & the Doormat (available for FREE

Poppy and Jazz’s lives sound perfect on paper. Jazz has a new baby and Poppy’s getting married. But their realities are very different.

Poppy must strive to keep her cool new job with crazy hours, while trying to keep Ryan happy. Before she knows it her wedding has got out of control, thanks to her mother, the runners at work are bullying her, her parents are in financial difficulty and she’s doubting everything and everyone she ever knew.

Meanwhile Jazz is struggling with motherhood, something a credit card won’t fix. Why won’t this baby give her a break? Will Jazz be able to cope before she loses it?

And will Poppy make it down the aisle? Will Ryan even be waiting?

About Me
My name is Laura Barnard and I am an author from Hertfordshire, UK.  My first chick-lit novel, The Debt & the Doormat was an Amazon number 1 best-seller and won Best Laugh Out Loud Book of 2013.  It is available via Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks. Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository and many more.
In my spare time I enjoy drinking my body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of my face, drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio...oh and my husband of course!  I like wearing yoga clothes and reading fitness magazines while I sit on the sofa and eat chocolate.  I'm a real fan of the power nap and of course, READING!
I write not to get rich or famous, but because I LOVE writing.  Even if one person tells me they enjoyed my book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

The author is giving away a signed paperback of The Baby & the Bride, open internationally, to one reader. To enter, just leave a question or comment for Laura on this post and then fill out the rafflecopter below.

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  1. It definitely sounds like an interesting book. I really like the characters. Cool cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  2. Going out with friends & having a fun time is a great way to find inspiration.


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