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Spotlight On: Miranda Dickinson (Author)

Hi everyone,

How is everyone doing? It's a crazy time to be alive right now, isn't it? I really wish everyone well and hope you are all staying safe, washing those hands, and keeping sane during these difficult and stressful times. Let's hope as a nation/world we can all play our part and beat this invisible evil virus into submission, and enjoy life (whatever life will be) more and as we should be. I've been wanting to catch up with some blog writing for a while to keep me busy but wasn't really sure what to write - so I thought I'd just shine a spotlight on some of my favourite things/people, etc. that are inspiring me right now, just to show a bit of support where I can.

Miranda Dickinson became one of my favourite authors a while back. I remember at the time being heavily in to historical sagas, and devouring so many I basically ended up with genre fatigue (if that's not a thing, I've just invented it!) and needed something new. I turned to chick-lit (if that's the right term) and never looked back. I currently have 4 of Miranda's books sitting on my bookshelf, and one other I've read and donated, and when my reading pile eventually goes down I will be catching up with the rest of her novels. 



I've read Take A Look At Me Now, It Started With A Kiss, Fairytale Of New York, and When I Fall In Love more than once. Mum doesn't understand it, but if a book stays on my bookshelf it'll get read again. Re-reading a favourite is a great way to unwind when you haven't the headspace to concentrate on something new. All these novels were set somewhere different, all the characters have different professions or challenges to face - but there is one common theme that unites each one - they are easy to read. I enjoy all the twists and turns, the lively characters, and colourful settings of each story. My favourites change, but right now it's Fairytale of New York at the top of the list. 

Miranda is a prime example of who I love to follow on social media as well - she is real, full of life, very supportive of all authors, bookshops (especially independents). She posts some great baking photo's as well, and let's face it cake is definitely an essential right now. Miranda is also hosting (as I write this) weekly Wednesday chats on her Facebook page, which are a nice distraction. 

I'm not sure what else to say about this lovely lady, but do go check out her books - there is a new one coming called Our Story out on September 3rd on eBook, paperback, and audiobook, which you can preorder now. Go to Waterstones, Amazon, or check out Hive.co.uk - where you can nominate a local independent book shop to benefit from the sale if you buy from that link (such a good idea right now). 

If you've read any Miranda Dickinson novels before, do comment below and let me know your favourite. 

Stay safe and keep reading everybody. 

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