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Blog Tour of The Sinking Chef WEEK ONE

I’ve been so fortunate this week to have many bloggers read and review The Sinking Chef. It’s hard to keep track of everyone on Twitter, so I decided to recap WEEK ONE in this blog post.

I’ll do the same for WEEK TWO. It’s just so much FUN!

On Monday 18th of September, the Blog Tour began at The Writing Garnet.

“Fun, flirty and pretty bonkers; The Sinking Chef is perfect for folk who just want to read…”

I liked “Fun, flirty and pretty bonkers” so much that I started using it as a catch phrase of Twitter!
Thank you, Kaisha!

Get in touch with Kaisha @kaishajayneh on Twitter!

Also on Monday, I talked to lovely Emma at WhyWordsWork.There will be a review of The Sinking Chef by Emma in WEEK TWO of the blog tour.

Thank you, Emma!

Get in touch with Emma @ERHollands on Twitter.

Tuesday, the 19th The Sinking Chef visited Zoe at BookAddictRambles. “It was the ridiculousness of it that made me keep reading, I wanted to know what outrageous thing happened next.”

Thank you, Zoe for reading and reviewing! You can connect with Zoe on twitter @colourzoe2008

On Wednesday the 20th, The Sinking Chef was reviewed by author Lynsey James who has written some awesome novels herself. 

She was very kind and had this to say “Ashley reminded me a little of Rachel Khoo, who filmed her Little Paris Kitchen series directly from her own kitchen!”

Thank you, Lynsey! Get in touch @Lynsey1991 

Thursday, the 21st was a turbulent day. Ashley made Claire at BrizzleLass Books angry with her wayward ways. All was well in the end because Claire and I agreed that although a little naive Ashley is very memorable. You can’t go wrong with that 🙂

I thought Claire had a little crush on Giacomo “Giacomo […] is lovely, so committed to his vision and his business and he really cares for her and his family as well. I love his sense of humour and it’s a shame we don’t see a bit more of it.” But we’re not going to talk about it ON THE INTERNET, of course.

Connect with Claire at her mental health blog as well as Twitter @BrizzleLass.

Friday, my all-time favourite day of the week, was shared by two ladies Fede at her ItaPixie’s Book Corner and Stacey at Books, Dreams, Life.

Both ladies were happy with Giacomo and Ashley, with Stacey saying “Another great read from Sylvia. She does a great job with the writing. I was so happy to be able to come back to Ashley and Giacomo’s adventure. While reading this I was getting hungry with the recipes, of course, I wrote them down to try out one of these days.”

Do let me know if you do try them out, Stacey! I’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch with Fede (who is Italian by the way, my favourite food country) at @ItaPixie 

Saturday, the 23rd was for Marianne at Books, Dreams and Everything (beautiful, beautiful blog!) and for Em at AfternoonBookery.

Both reviews were thoughtful and kind, for which I’m grateful.

Marianne said, “It is the humour which defines this book and which runs throughout.”

While Em thinks “The Sinking Chef is a laugh out loud fast-paced read…”

Connect on Twitter with Em @Afternoonbooker and Marianne @bookslifethings 

Sunday, glorious Sunday (seriously, the sun is shining where I live which is such a blessing at the end of the Summer) was also shared.

First up was sunshine Sarah “The book is written very well and makes for great reading because of this. I loved having the recipes at the beginning of each chapter as well, definitely got my mouth watering for sure! Perhaps sometime soon I’ll try my hand at one or two….!” Yay, Sarah, definitely try them out!

Connect with Sarah on Twitter @sunshinesarahxo


Last for this week was Amanda at ChocolatePages, which is a blog that I follow and read because I like Amanda’s reviews. When I read her verdict I was pretty chuffed. “As regular readers of ChocolatePages would know, I do enjoy a good foodie book, and more recently I have taken a liking to books involving social media. When I read the description of this book a cookery channel on youtube and humorous, I was pretty sure I would enjoy the book. I did enjoy reading The Sinking Chef, very much.”

Connect with Amanda on Twitter @Chocolate_Pages

All in all, I’m knackered from all the emotions. I can’t believe there is another week to go of this BlogTour!

It’s hard to say how many stars would the book get on Amazon and Goodreads, but I think The Sinking Chef is doing pretty well. Hopefully, the bloggers will post the reviews soon and I’ll know for certain.

Last, the GIVEAWAY.

Enter here for a chance to WIN £25 Amazon vouchers and eBook copies of The Sinking Chef.

Until next week!



#ChickLitMay Book Boyfriend Blog Hop

WELCOME to Book Boyfriend Blog Hop 2017!

Giacomo Gentili is my candidate for CLC HQ’s Best Book Boyfriend 2017!
If you’ve read my Pot Love Series and have fallen for Giacomo hard (like I have!) please, vote for him by dropping a quick email to simply copying “Giacomo Gentili” in the subject line.
Thank you!

If you haven’t met him yet, here is a glimpse of what Giacomo is like:
“‘So,’ Fabia starts casually. ‘Ashley really is your favourite girl then?’
‘Yep.’ I answer absently.
‘It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?’
‘What’s been a long time?’
‘Since you and Ashley became an item.’
‘Four years.’
‘Blimey!’ Fabia falls silent.
We are in the stock room of Il Luogo doing an inventory. Fabia is supposed to be taking notes, but it’s been slow at the restaurant lately, so she doesn’t have a lot of note-taking to do.
‘We’re running out of waste bags.’ I say. ‘Can you call Westminster council for me?’
She makes a note, then gnaws at the top of the pen in her hand and wonders if she could probe further. My relationship with Ashley has been a mystery for her for years. She is itching to pick it apart. It’s the same for many of my work colleagues. Since Ashley started her YouTube channel “The Sinking Chef” we’ve become kind of minor celebrities and of much interest for the people around us. God only knows why…
‘Why haven’t you popped the question then?’ Fabia blurts out. ‘If Ashley is as special as you say—’
I spin around and Fabia swallows the rest of her words at the sight of my darkened face.
‘How is this any of your business?’
She gives an insecure little laugh.
‘Come on, Giacomo! We are just talking—’
‘You are just talking,’ I say evenly. ‘I was hoping you’d stop eventually.’
Fabia looks away. She knows she should have stopped, but she’s young and unattached and likes to gossip. I might as well give her something juicy to chew on.
‘The first time I met Ashley she asked me to teach her to cook.’ Fabia looks up, startled. She can’t believe that I’m actually talking about it. ‘She wanted to audition for a cooking spot on primetime television. The only thing stopping her, apparently, was that she could only do toast.’
Fabia scoffs. She finds it incredulous. So did I all those years ago and now Ashley is about to publish a cookbook. She has come such a long way. She is my personal hero.
‘The first time we went to Sardinia – we weren’t together yet. Mum gave her the attic room and told her to slow down with the wine drinking, just to scare her off.’
‘Good God, Giacomo! Mama Gentili sounds rather vicious.’
‘Ashley just smiled and won everyone else on her side – Amalia, Nonno, and Paolo all love her.’
Nonno even though Ashley was his “long lost school love – Giovanna”. I feel warm at the memory.
‘Ashley is the bravest girl I’ve ever met,’ I say. ‘She’s not afraid of anyone. She once negotiated a cooking show for us on the same channel she previously got fired from. With the father of the person who fired her.’
Fabia opens her mouth, can’t think of anything to say and closes it.
‘If I’m ever in trouble, I want Ashley on my side.’
It’s another thing that I’m often in trouble because of Ashley. I nearly lost Il Luogo because of her. I shake my head. I should stop talking but my emotions override my common sense.
‘Even being in trouble with Ashley is fun. She is the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with. I will ask her to marry me, Fabia, but I want to pick the best moment for it. I’m going to do this once and I want to do it right.’

*More about Giacomo and Ashley in “Pot Love” & “The Sinking Chef: Pot Love 2

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