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Hattie Goes to Hollywood by Caroline James - Book Tour + Giveaway


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Hattie Goes to Hollywood
A Cumbrian Village...

Three suicides...
A red-hot summer...


Join super-sleuth Hattie as tempers and temperatures rise in the Cumbrian village of Hollywood. With mischief and shenanigans aplenty, will Hattie discover the truth?

A funny and intriguing mystery – the first in a new series by Caroline James

When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?


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Author Q&A
1.       What is the first book that made you cry?
Black Beauty. These days I can’t read any book that features animals, unless they are friendly and never get hurt.
2.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
The whole process takes me up to a year to write, from research, planning, writing and editing. I try to get quicker as many authors are far more prolific, but this is what seems to work for me.

3.      
How do you select the names of your characters?
The names seem to select themselves. Once I have a character in my head the name soon follows.
4.       What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
A chocolate brown Labrador. My favourite dog and I have a couple up in doggy heaven who still walk with me in spirit, each day.
5.       What are your top 5 favorite movies?
As Good As It Gets, Little Women, The Sound of Music, Kinky Boots, The Godfather
6.       If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
What a great question. I’d probably give earth a good clean and bake a chocolate cake for whoever came after me.
7.       What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Bertie Wooster from Jeeves and Wooster. Bertie is an affable member of the idle rich and goes to all the best places in London. He has an open invitation for country house parties, where many eccentric characters gather. I’d love to tag along with him as I love the 1920s/30s – I want to wear a flapper dress and do the Charleston whilst sipping cocktails.

8.       Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Glue your rear to a chair and start writing. A page a day is a manuscript in a few months. Just write and write. The story will come. Edit later. Read Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ and treat it as your writing bible.
9.       What book do you wish you had written?
I love the Joy Ellis series of crime thrillers and would love to write like her. If I had my time again, I’d like to be a criminal lawyer.
10.   Tell us 5 fun facts about yourself! :)
I like trekking mountains and have crawled up a few in far flung places like China and Peru.
I love making marmalade.
I like to wild water swim.
I make brilliant blueberry vodka.
I once kissed David Walliams.


Author Bio –
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.


Books by Caroline James:

Coffee Tea the Gypsy & Me
Coffee Tea the Chef & Me
Coffee Tea the Caribbean & Me
Jungle Rock
The Best Boomerville Hotel
Hattie Goes to Hollywood


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Giveaway to Win a cuddly Drake toy! (Open INT)
Be in with a chance to win Drake, Hattie’s faithful pet duck! Tall Drake & Handsome
 – A gorgeous soft toy who will be your friend for life.
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