It’s the HQ Book Club TODAY at 3pm. Pop over to Facebook (either HQStories or JennyOliverBooks) and join in! Can’t wait to see you there xx
- A date for your diaries! Join me this Thursday 9th July at 3pm for the #HQBookClub on Facebook to talk about The Summer We Ran Away, writing, reading and any other questions you have…
2. Win! Head over to HQStories Instagram for the chance to win a copy of The Summer We Ran Away by adding your favourite summer song in their comments. (And for an extra slice of summer, check out my summer Spotify playlist)
3. Finally, The Summer We Ran Away is STILL only 99p on Kindle/ Apple/ Kobo and other fab ereading devices! Enjoy.
See you at the HQ bookclub on Thursday!
Happy reading xx
Quick it’s v.exciting…
The Summer We Ran Away is only 99p for a limited time! Grab your copy before the sale ends. What better way to enjoy your weekend than with a book (in the garden or the pub!) Even the weather thinks so by promising sunshine 😉
Praise for The Summer We Ran Away:
‘Pure escapism’ Bella
‘An adventure full of laughter, tears, unexpected dramas, and self-discovery’ – Lancashire Post
‘Hilarious and relatable’ Woman
Amazon reviewers say… ‘Simply wonderful’, ‘Just the read you need at the moment’, ‘This was an absolute joy to immerse in.’
Once you’ve finished reading, take a look at The Summer We Ran Away Pinterest board! https://www.pinterest.co.uk/JennyOliverBks/the-summer-we-ran-away/
And join me on July 9th at the HQ bookclub on my Facebook page – search Jenny Oliver
Three days and counting…
Only three days to go till the publication of The Summer We Ran Away. Already picked as one of Woman and Home’s best reads of the summer, if you can’t escape on holiday at the moment, you can certainly escape into the pages of a book.
The Summer We Ran Away blog tour is currently underway, so feel free to drop by and see what everyone is saying…
Here’s a little snippet if you’re pushed for time:
‘I thought I knew exactly where this book would lead when I started it, but it took me on a surprising journey of love, friendship and the importance of being true to yourself.’ @Calturner
‘I found myself smiling throughout and laughing constantly… I honestly can’t believe I hadn’t read any books from this author before, something that I will be rectifying ASAP.’ @MamaMummyMum
‘A great read and perfect if you are looking for a different romantic women’s fiction read’ @chellsandbooks
Not long now…
Less than one month till The Summer We Ran Away hits the shelves! I hope you’ll love it. And I hope it provides some much needed escapism. With summer holidays looking increasingly unlikely, what better way to take a break than with a book.
Early reviews have been fab:
‘The perfect summer escape whilst in lockdown.’ The World is a Book
‘Funny, warm, heartfelt and a lovely read. I actually think this is my favourite so far.’ Thispriceisusuallyright.com
‘It was a rollercoaster of ups and downs and I give it top marks. It kept me hooked all the way through. I absolutely loved this book.’ @healthandlifehappywife
‘Such a perfect summery read about being brave, taking chances and appreciating what you have. I loved it.’ overflowinglibrary.com
Don’t forget, you can preorder your copy online now, pop it in your trolley at the supermarket, or get in touch with your local bookstore to order it for you.
It’s all about the books…
I’ve found reading one of the greatest escapes in these current times. My New Year’s resolution was to read as many books as I could from my bookshelf. Little did I realise I’d be granted the time to do so! Having never really read Orwell before – bar an attempt at 1984 when I was way too young – I read Keep The Aspidistra Flying and couldn’t quite believe how accessible it was. I’m guilty of shying away from anything I think is going to be hard work and it shamed me into realising my mistake! On that note, I read Pachinko which my mum gave me and has sat on my bookshelf unread for a while. But oh my god, I LOVED it. And still miss the characters now. Years ago, I bought The Thorn Birds from a car boot sale with the most amazing classic cover. TBH, I bought it for the cover rather than to read it, but I’m on the last few pages now and so pleased I didn’t let it sit on the shelf forgotten.
I haven’t stuck purely to the resolution, however. My shopaholic tendencies have been steered from browsing the TKMaxx and Hennes aisles to Waterstones.com, thehive.com and my lovely local bookshop, The Open Book, who are rustling me up a copy of Alexandra Shulman’s Clothes and Other Things That Matter. I love a book that’s hit the headlines, and I’ve just finished Such a Fun Age which had me gripped. As did American Dirt. And Daisy Jones and the Six was a refreshingly unique interlude. Yesterday a new box arrived on the doorstep packed with goodies including The Binding, Uprooted and a jigsaw (don’t get me started on my new OBSESSION with jigsaws!)
Lots of little things come together to create good things in troubled times. As well as reading, these have been mine:
The smell of Aesop geranium leaf body cleanser that I was given ages ago and saved for ‘best’. Well now seemed like a GREAT time for indulgence.
The family-walk ritual which is always to the same patch of parkland where we’ve flown a kite in the wind, fished unsuccessfully with a twig and a piece of nylon thread, collected too many pine cones and stared up at the clear blue sky.
Listening to Masterclass while doing the afore mentioned jigsaw and drinking a well-earned glass of post-homeschool wine.
Clapping on a Thursday for the wonderful NHS and seeing all the neighbours out on the road or on their balconies, the kids in their pyjamas bashing saucepans and drums. It’s amazing.
I’d love to hear what’s getting you through the day at the moment. What are you loving? What books are you reading?
Don’t forget, you can preorder THE SUMMER WE RAN AWAY now. It’s out in June. And CHELSEA HIGH, my debut young adult book, is out in August. Both perfect escapist reading 😉
Lots of love. Stay safe.