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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Blog Tour - Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas

Today I am excited to welcome Rachael Lucas to my blog to celebrate the paperback release of her novel 'Sealed with a Kiss'. 

Rachael Lucas is a mother, gardener, coveter of beautiful things, outgoing introvert, reader, bed lover, early morning riser, night owl and a sleep deprived mass of contradictions.

She wrote her first (astoundingly awful) novel at the age of 11, bashing away every night after school on a portable typewriter. It was rejected (very kindly) by a publisher.

Rachael lives by the seaside in the North West of England with her partner, their blended family of six children, a very hairy dog and two and a half cats. She likes listening to BBC Radio 4 and thinking about writing. When she is writing, she hates everything and everyone and doesn't brush her hair.

For more about Rachael, visit her blog at or say hello to her on Twitter, where she can be found talking nonsense under the username @karamina (and if you ask, she'll explain the origin of the slightly odd name).

I was lucky enough to meet Rachael at the recent Chipping Norton Literary Festival (Chiplitfest) and (I feel I must apologise as I first asked if she was Fiona Walker) she is a lovely lady - funny, bubbly and very enthusiastic about the power of bloggers and social networking to promote literary. I did not see her event where she was giving new writers her thoughts on the art of self-publishing but I am sure it was jam packed full of hints, tips and advice.

Anyway, back to the blog tour, in celebration of Rachael's new release, Sealed with a Kiss, where the main character Kate dumps her then partner at her friend's wedding and then up sticks and becomes a Girl Friday for a Scottish landowner, I asked Rachael about her top Rom-Com films: 

Top 5 - 10 Rom-Com films and why you love them

I absolutely adore romantic comedies. I’d love to say I’m the sort of person who likes to sit down and watch a black and white French film about something meaningful, but give me a good old swoonfest any day. I could list tons, but these are my top five…

1.     When Harry Met Sally – It’s perfect. Will they, won’t they? I wanted Sally’s hair when this film came out (and her outfit, which is frankly a bit dodgy looking when I look at it now). But I love their arguing, their shared jokes, the conversations they have on the phone together. I love it when their friends get together and I love it best of all when that New Year’s Eve party happens and they finally kiss. Sigh.

2.    Ten Things I Hate About You – Oh, Heath Ledger. I love this because it’s an adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, and I love Shakespeare. I also love it because it’s my favourite kind of love story – they hate each other because they love each other. And I love it because of the song at the end. And now I want to stop writing and watch it…

3.    Bridget Jones. Because I adore Bridget and gorgeous Mark Darcy and it makes me laugh every time, and because I don’t care how unlikely it is that she’d run through the streets in her pants and I know it never snows in London but I DON’T CARE. And if I could I’d add Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason as my fourth choice, but I think that’s cheating. But I adore it, too.

4.    The Holiday. I’m totally outing myself as a complete girly sop with all these. But I love it. Jack Black is one of my favourite actors and clearly I’m a sucker for a Richard Curtis style snow scene and a totally unrealistic cottage that Kate Winslet can apparently afford on a tiny salary and…oh, I don’t care. Jude Law is sweet in it and there’s a lovely sparkly lights New Year’s Eve ending.

5.    Reality Bites – Showing my age here. I love this one so much because it reminds me of a time when Generation X was the next big thing and we weren’t all grumbling old gits. Ethan Hawke is gorgeous in this and even though I sort of want to throw a bucket of water at Winona Ryder, I still love it. Basically all a film has to do to keep me happy is have a bit of will they/won’t they, a huge snog at the end and a blooming good soundtrack and I’m happy.

I   I thoroughly recommend Sealed with a Kiss and my review will follow later today. It is a fantastic read and I am already loooking forward to Rachael's next release. 

T   Thank you Rachael for visiting my blog today and I hope I get to catch up with you again at a festival soon and I promise I will not mix you up with other authors next time! Thank you also to Pan Macmillan for organising the blog tour.

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