Showing posts with label Chocolate Weekend. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chocolate Weekend. Show all posts

Jun 8, 2015

Chocolate Weekend: Choc Lit Books Giveaway

Enter this giveaway to win kindle copies of the four Choc Lit stories we've reviewed. Good luck!

   I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.

Chocolate Weekend: Chocolate Brown Necklace & Earrings Giveaway

Enter this giveaway to win this chocolate brown jewelry set. Good luck!

 I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.

Chocolate Weekend: The Art of Deception by Liz Harris

Jenny O’Connor can hardly believe her luck when she’s hired to teach summer art classes in Italy. Whilst the prospect of sun, sightseeing and Italian food is hard to resist, Jenny’s far more interested in her soon-to-be boss, Max Castanien. She’s blamed him for a family tragedy for as long as she can remember and now she wants answers.

But as the summer draws on and she spends more time with Max, she starts to learn first hand that there’s a fine line between love and hate.

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When Jenny sees an ad in the paper she knows it's a job she has to have. She loves Italy, she speaks Italian and she's a skilled artist and teacher, so she's the ideal candidate to teach summer art classes. The only downside is the employer as Jenny believes he was involved in her father's death. Because she wants to know more about it she decides this is the perfect opportunity to gather some information. She believes the Castanien's are a cruel family. 

Max Castanien is nothing but nice. Jenny can't seem to discover anything mean about him. What's even worse is that she actually likes her employer and he seems to like her. Jenny is supposed to hate him though, so there can never be anything between them. Jenny enjoys teaching the course and interacting with her students. When Max joins them she has the chance to get closer to him, will Jenny finally find out the truth?

The Art of Deception is a wonderful summer story. The students each have their own distinctive character traits and some are more likable than others. They make the story colorful and interesting. The setting is a beautiful villa in Italy, which is a wonderful background for the story. The tension between Max and Jenny is definitely intriguing as there are so many conflicting feelings between them. I read this story in one sitting as I couldn't wait to find out what would eventually happen between Max and Jenny. I liked everything about this book and think it's a perfect holiday read.

Chocolate Weekend: Chocolate, Tea & Books Giveaway

Enter this giveaway to win chocolate, tea and books. Good luck!

 I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.

Jun 7, 2015

Chocolate Weekend: The Wedding Cake Tree by Melanie Hudson

Can a mother's secret past provide the answers for a daughter's future?
  Celebrity photographer Grace Buchanan has always known that, one day, she'd swap her manic day job for the peace and quiet of her beloved childhood cottage, St Christopher's - she just didn't expect it to be so soon. At the reading of her mother's will, she's shocked to learn that she hardly knew Rosamund at all, and that inheriting St Christopher's hangs on one big - and very inconvenient - condition: Grace must drop everything for two weeks and travel the country with a mysterious stranger - war-weary Royal Marine, Alasdair Finn.
Caught in a brief but perfect moment in time, Grace and Alasdair walk in Rosamund's footsteps and read her letters at each breathtaking new place. As Grace slowly uncovers the truth about her mother's incredible life story, Alasdair and Grace can't help but question their own futures.
Will Rosamund's madcap scheme go to plan or will events take an unexpected turn? An emotional, fun-filled and adventurous journey of a lifetime.

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Grace has recently lost her mother. She wants to return to her childhood home to live a secluded life in the countryside. She loves the home she grew up in and is especially attached to the beautiful wedding cake tree in the garden. Grace expects to inherit the cottage, but her mother has other plans. Even in death she tries to send Grace a message. Grace has to wait six months before the reading of the will. When she's finally ready to hear what it says there's another surprise waiting for her. She's supposed to go on a trip, a journey that takes her to the important places in her mother's life from before Grace was born.

Grace isn't supposed to travel alone. Alasdair is a dear friend of her mother and he's supposed to keep her company, to be her guide and to give Grace her mother's letters. Grace's mother has a lot of surprises for her daughter and Grace starts to wonder how well she really knew her mother. Fortunately Alasdair is handsome and they're getting along well, very well even. Will Grace embrace her mother's inheritance and what will her future look like now that she's learned more about the past?

The Wedding Cake Tree is a fantastic book about a great topic. Grace has to travel to the places that were important in her mother's past. The idea behind is to get to know her mother, but also to get to know herself. Alasdair is great company, but he's also troubled. He needs the trip and some time to relax as his job is really hard. Grace and Alasdair are good for each other and I hoped they would have a future together. Grace also needs to face some facts about her own life and her mother's crazy plan maybe isn't the best way to do it, but it's certainly effective. The crazy trip, the chemistry between Grace and Alasdair and plenty of unexpected twists and turns make this book a joy to read. I liked it a lot and highly recommend it.

Chocolate Weekend: Chocolate Is the Best Survey Results

Chocolate Is the Best 
Survey Results

I've analyzed the results of the chocolate is the best survey. The response was amazing. 412 people have filled out the questionnaire. I'm very happy with that and it was a joy to read everyone's answers.

The most important findings are:

1. You think chocolate is divine, or as one of you called it: “Yum, Yummy and Yummyness”

2. Most of you like milk chocolate, followed by dark.

3. The most favored combinations are milk chocolate with caramel or nuts and dark chocolate with mint or nothing added.

4. You favor a broad range of brands, but it is safe to say that Americans like Lindt, Europeans like Milka and people from the UK like Cadbury. For the other continents the mix is quite versatile and no brand really stands out.

5. Most of you like chocolate anytime. More than half of you like it at special times and at night. We will not share the many naughty comments about the best time. You prefer to eat chocolate when your children are off to bed.

6. 80% likes to eat chocolate while reading a book every now and then. Somehow in the UK this is more unusual. Has anybody got an explanation for this?

7. Chick-lit, Romance and Fantasy match best with chocolate.

8. We had respondents between 10 and 69 years old. The younger the more they eat and read!

9. People want more Discount Candy Days!

10. When people think about chocolate they have positive thoughts about happiness, relaxation, love or they think about more delicious chocolate. Again there were some naughty answers in this category.

11. People who prefer Dark chocolate on average prefer to drink milk with that. What’s the difference between Milk chocolate and Dark chocolate with milk?

12. People don’t feel very guilty about eating chocolate, although you might say that your 30s are your guilty years.

13. When eating chocolate people generally eat a little bit more than one average sized bar per day. 1 in 4 doesn't finish the bar at once.

14. People like chocolate in all places, all times, all sizes and all brands. They just love chocolate!

A complete survey report can be made upon request.


The winner of the giveaway is Helen from Lincolnshire

Chocolate Weekend Review: Dance Until Dawn by Berni Stevens

Do you Believe in Love After Life?
At twenty-two, West-End dancer, Ellie Wakefield should be having the time of her life. The only problem is, since waking up in a three-hundred-year-old vampire’s leaky cellar, Ellie’s been very much dead. And to make matters worse, she’s found that an aversion to blood and a fear of the dark aren’t very helpful – especially when you’re a fledgling vampire.
William James Austen has fallen hard. He’s spent the last year loving Ellie from afar and now he’s finally able to be truthful about who and what he is. As the most powerful vampire in London, he’s used to getting what he wants. But this time, Will might just have bitten off more than he can chew.

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Review by Anniek

Elinor is a 22-year old woman who's had many tragedies in her very young life. Ever since her parents died in a car accident she is moved from foster parent to foster parent, being seen as a difficult one. No one believed her and it has made her a young woman who keeps her heart behind huge brick walls. When a drunk driver hits her with his car and flees the scene she is left dying in a hospital bed.

Will is the Alfa male of the vampires. No one will be in his territory without him knowing. He is handsome, intriguing and so very old school. What can you expect of a 300 year old vampire?! He has watched Elinor from a distance. Only encountering her once in a while. Ever since he met her he knows she is the one he wants to spend his eternity with. When Elinor has been hit by the car Will has to decide quickly. He turns her into a vampire because he cannot and will not live without her.

It turns out Elinor is a handful being a newborn vampire. She is testing him in anyway she can, though she can't ignore the way he makes her feel. When Will's past comes back to haunt him he has no choice but to show everyone that he is a force to be reckoned with.

Let me start by saying wow, I absolutely loved this book from the very first page until the last! Berni Stevens must have spent a lot of time researching facts and history. She has written this story so well that it's almost like you're sitting in the same room as Elinor and Will and are living this story with them. I loved the way she uses old fashioned language for Will and feisty and modern language for Elinor. I absolutely can't wait to read the next book!

Chocolate Weekend: Books, Chocolate and Pencil Case Giveaway

Enter this giveaway to win three books, chocolate and a chocolate pencil case. Good luck!

 I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.

Chocolate Weekend: Pink Chocolate Cupcake Necklace Giveaway

Enter this giveaway to win a pink chocolate cupcake necklace made by Bead Passion. Good luck!

  I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.

Chocolate Weekend Giveaway: Shower Gel, Chocolate and Books

Enter this giveaway to win chocolate, chocolate shower gel, books and a chocolate pencil case. Good luck!

  I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.

Jun 6, 2015

Chocolate Weekend Review: Blueprint For Love

Blueprint for love or blueprint for danger?

Hazel Dobson is pleased when she gets temp work at Gough Associates -an architectural company based in a beautiful manor house in Norfolk. Whilst it’s a far cry from the bright lights of London, Hazel is keen to get away from a mundane job with a lecherous boss, and to spend some time with Great Aunt Rose, her only surviving relative.

Jonathan Gough is the owner of Gough Associates and despite his wealth and good looks, he has a tragic past to equal Hazel’s, having been left with the responsibility of two young sons.

There’s a real chance that within each other, the pair could find the family they crave. But there is something strange going on at Combury Manor- and some people just don’t want Hazel and Jonathan to be happy…

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Review by Tanya

 Hazel Dobson is travelling to a new job in Norfolk in the pouring rain because no one picked her up at the train station and there are no taxis available. She is nearly knocked down by her new boss, of the architect firm Gough Associates, Jonathan Gough. Immediately there is a frizz between the characters, but neither of them acts on it. She finds herself living in the large Combury Manor along with Jonathan, the housekeeper and Jonathan’s dad. There are strange things going on there that keep her awake at night. Also one of the company partners, Tabitha, is being difficult and she's making unnecessary demands of Hazel.
I enjoyed the little twists and turns in this book and also how Hazel is so easy to get along with and tries her hardest with everyone. Only a few very determined people do not to like her and make things quite tough for Hazel along the way. I found myself constantly wanting what is best for Hazel and obviously I was aware of what some of the characters were trying to do as the onlooker. I wanted to warn her to open her eyes. 
I liked the interaction of Kirsty and Jonathan's identical twin boys Seth and Ben and I could immediately sense that the boys enjoyed having someone whose attention was focused on them. I hoped maybe this would help to bring Hazel closer to Jonathan! Blueprint For Love is a nice easy read that I completed in one sitting. This is the first book by Henriette Gyland that I have read and I will definitely look out for more.

Chocolate Weekend: Chocolate Cupcake Necklace Giveaway

Enter this giveaway to win a chocolate cupcake necklace made by Bead Passion.

  I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.
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