Touring THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX stars’ shops – PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the tour! If you haven’t yet read Part 1 detailing the shops gift bagsand bars located in Loughton and Buckhurst Hill, click HERE.

Moving on to Brentwood, this is where you’ll find the majority of the boutiques, salons and night life featured in THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX television show. It’s only a 40-minute drive from Southend-on-Sea where my friend Samantha and I live. The weather was much less appealing on Part 2 of our tour. Rain and drizzle isn’t ideal when you want to feel and look your best; nonetheless it didn’t deter us!

Alice at Minnie'sWe parked in the car park behind Ropers Yard which was perfect for our first stop at Minnies Boutique which is literally a stone’s throw away! Minnies Boutique is the chic boutique belonging to Sam and Billie Faiers. It’s situated at the back entrance to Ropers Yard – a mews of little shops. From outside it is quaint and attractive – shown here on the left. That’s me standing outside. Inside it is vibrantly decorated in deep hues of red and pink with leopard print upholstering to chairs. There is Continue reading

The Liebster Blog Award

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I’ve been nominated by the very lovely Terry Tyler, author of YOU WISH, DREAM ON, and others. Check out her books at Amazon and her blog where you can also see her Liebster Blog post:

http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/

The purpose of the Liebster Blog Award is to recognise blogs with fewer than 200 followers that deserve a look. My job is to:

(a) List 11 random facts about me;

(b) Answer 11 questions Terry has set me;

(c) Set 11 questions to ask other authors;

(d) Tag 11 authors who should bask in the Liebster glow.

To my nominated author friends – it means doing the same as I am doing here! ie. Post a blog linking back here, with 11 random facts about you, answer my 11 questions and nominate 11 new bloggers to answer 11 new questions you have set them – they can be about anything! If you want to do it but the thought of finding 11 other bloggers to tag and thinking up questions puts you off, just write 11 random facts about yourself, and answer my questions! 🙂


11 random facts about me

(1) I used to weigh three stone (42 lbs) heavier than I am now. Continue reading

A Very British Blog Tour 2013

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I’ve been tagged by Terry Tyler in ‘A Very British Blog Tour’ to answer some ‘all things British’ questions. You can view Terry’s blog post here.

A VERY BRITISH BLOG TOUR 2013 is a collection of blogs, books and authors who are surprisingly very British. Paul Anthony is the original host and invites you to take part in ‘A Very British Blog’ Continue reading

My first author interview :)

To those of you who have bought and read The Man in a Haystack I do hope you have enjoyed the read! Don’t forget to tell your friends about it ;).

Following the book launch in November I have been busy working long hours to self promote and market the book. I was interviewed by my local newspaper a couple of weeks ago and a photographer took lots of photos. I am waiting for the article to be published and when it is, I will of course let you know about it.

In the meantime, I have connected with some fabulous people in the literary world at Twitter, Continue reading