Wednesday, 14 October 2015

My Big Fat Christmas Wedding by Samantha Tonge Blog Tour

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Her summer 2015 novel Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart.


Things don’t always run smoothly in the game of love…
As her Christmas wedding approaches, a trip back to snowy England for her ex’s engagement party makes her wonder if those are wedding bells she’s hearing in her mind, or warning bells. She longs for the excitement of her old London life – the glamour, the regular pedicures. Can she really give that all up to be…a fishwife?
There’s nothing for it but to throw herself into bringing a little Christmas magic to the struggling village in the form of a Christmas fair. Somewhere in amidst the sparkly bauble cakes and stollen scones, she’s sure she’ll come to the right decision about where she belongs…hopefully in time for the wedding…

                                                                          Standing Alone

My Big Fat Christmas Wedding is a standalone sequel to my summer book, Game of Scones. I just couldn’t bear to part with the three main characters, feisty scone-maker Pippa, exotic fisherman Niko and suave property developer Henrik. What a joy it’s been, to write a story starring them again, with a wedding and Christmas in the background! However, in my opinion, a lot of thought has to be given to writing a sequel.
I’ve done it once before – From Paris With Love is a sequel to Doubting Abbey. For me, the most important thing is to make sure that each book can be read as a separate story – that each novel is important in its own right. As the author, you have to accommodate readers who don’t necessarily wish to read the original book first. Yet, at the same time, you have to consider those readers who have already read the first instalment.
For those readers returning to the story, they will want to see further character development – otherwise, what’s the point? In Game of Scones, executive Pippa gives up the London rat-race to open an afternoon teashop in sleepy Greek village, Taxos. The thrust of My Big Fat Christmas Wedding is... does Pippa have any regrets? No doubt many of us dream of escaping our hectic lives, but if we actually did... would we be surprised by the things we began to miss, faced with the reality of our new lifestyle?
Pippa discovers a lot about herself as she comes to terms with leaving behind the bustle and sparkle of London. Niko and Henrik also work out what is important to them. Of course, some things in the second book are the same as in the first – the catchy Greek string music, those mouthwatering honey pastries, the laughter that follows too many ouzos!  Plus there is a life-and-death situation that pushes two of the characters to the edge.  And a big will they, won’t they question, that doesn’t get answered until the very end.
A love-triangle. Wedding. Christmas. Scones and baklava...! I hope I’ve chosen literary ingredients to do my characters proud, a second time around!

Perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk and Debbie Johnson. Don’t miss the Christmas Wedding of the year!






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