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Blog Tour of The Sinking Chef FINALE

Week TWO of The Sinking Chef blog tour is over.
I’m sad and happy all at the same time.

I’ll miss opening my Twitter feed in the morning and reading peoples’ thoughts about the book while sipping my coffee 💗💗💗 It was just so much FUN having bloggers reviewing The Sinking Chef. All the wonderful reviews made me really happy.

Not all reviews were good but that didn’t matter somehow. I was just happy that people read my book. I’m easily pleased like that 🙂

On Monday 25th of September, Ali the Dragon Slayer wrote: “This is ideal for a light read…”

Ali didn’t care for much Ashley. Oh, dear 🙂

Get in touch with Alison @DrewComps on Twitter!

Also on Monday, The Sinking Chef was at Laura’s Carousel.

I really loved this review and Laura loved the book, so winning all around! Thank you, Laura.

Get in touch with Laura @LaurasCarousel on Twitter.

Tuesday, the 26th The Sinking Chef was reviewed by Emma at WhyWordsWork. “Every girl has also met a James and Giacomo. The literal personification of the patriarchy, with his guilt tripping, suit wearing, patronising smugness – or the well-meaning boy with a heart of gold, but too insecure to open up about his problems. They couldn’t be more different, but they are a boat load of fun to read.”

Thank you, Emma for raising some good points about YouTubers!
You can connect with Emma on twitter here @ERHollands

On Wednesday the 27th, The Sinking Chef was with Girl Masked. She was very kind and had this to say “I really got used to the characters and grew to like and them and even love them as if they were real, like I did, you too could really fall in love with this book.”

Thank you, Kate! Get in touch

Also on Wednesday Aimee Raindrops has 12 FUN facts about me. If you’re interested how many steps I walk in a day (not a lot) or if I like ice cream you can find out here.

Find Amiee on Twitter @aimeeraindrop

Thursday, was for BookLoverWorm who is usually found in a comfy chair with a book. She also did an interview with me. Thank you, @Bookloverworm1

Hayley at WEAR A HALO wloved Giacomo and Ashley together. “I did however love the story of Ashley and Giacomo, I felt like they were written perfectly, so sweet together and something more real than some fictional relationships.”

Connect with Hayley on Twitter @

On Friday Ruminvte “Emotional – While a great portion of the book is following Ashley and all the many  situations she gets herself into, the story also does well with depicting slightly dysfunctional familial relationships. There were heartfelt moments where you really empathise with the characters and root for them.”

Get in touch with Rumaanah @ruminvtes

On Saturday Emma-Louise published on her blog Read, Write, Inspire an excerpt from The Sinking Chef.

Thank you, Emma-Louise

Sunday, was the last way of the blog tour and it went out with a BANG! Nikola from Short Book and Scribes loved the book “The Sinking Chef made me snigger many times. The author has a slightly sardonic writing style that was right up my alley.” And “And what can I say about Giacomo, her gorgeous Italian boyfriend? He’s the strong and silent type, a chef and Ashley’s mad about him (who wouldn’t be?). The supporting characters are so fantastic too, with special mention for Paige and Jun, whom Ashley meets when she is invited to pitch to have her cookbook published. What a pair they are!”

I’d like to copy-paste the whole review here but I suspect that might make this post a bit too long. You have to go and read the review on Nicola’s blog.

That was all from The Sinking Chef blog tour.

Next, Neverland Blog Tours and I have a cover reveal for Prosecco Christmas.

Watch this spot!


My favorite food vloggers

YouTube is a big part of my life right now. Not only is the heroine of my latest book a vlogger with her own YouTube cookery channel, Ashley from The Sinking Chef (Pot Love book 2), but I’m quite enamoured with some food vloggers myself.

Here is a list of the channels I have been devouring lately.

  1. How To Cake It
    Yolanda’s sparkling personality manages to eclipse even her epic cakes. The duo Yolanda on-screen and giggling Joslyn off-screen works perfectly. I’ve been known to wait for the new episode every Tuesday quite impatiently. I’m also on How To Cake It VIP list, alongside about 3 million other people, but hey – I’ll take whatever I can get 😁
  2. Cupcake Jemma
    Jemma is British and when she says 175 grams I actually know what she’s talking about (sorry guys!). I’ve done loads of her recipes and they always, always work. Also, who can resist those adorable dimples? Not me. 💗
  3. How To Cook That
    Ann Reardon has an adorable Aussie accent and shows some of the most amazing hacks in the kitchen. She’s incredibly creative and is involved in all sorts of charities, which is important to me. She’s also one of the vloggers I’m positive doesn’t throw any food away, because she mentions that her children eat it all.
    The mum of my dreams. #IShouldBeSoLucky 😍
  4. TatianasEverydayFood
    Tatiana is so pretty and calm. I love watching her cook. Also, her recipes are very versatile, easy to follow, and come out looking great. What’s not to like? 🍰
  5. Japanese Cooking 101
    My daughter introduced me to this channel. She’s into all things Japanese right now and wanted to try out some of the recipes. We did try them and they all tasted great. Finally, the two ladies, Noriko and Yuko, are just adorable. 🍜
  6. Peaceful Cuisine
    Here is a different one for you. This is the channel of Ryoya from Japan. He’s making this incredibly sensual videos with no music and no other sound than the noises utensils make while he’s cooking. Sometimes he has music, but it’s always very mild. His recipes are all vegan because he wants to be good towards himself, the environment and all things living. I’m bowled over by his gentleness. 🙏

And here is another list of vloggers drawn up by The Telegraph.

These are my go-to channels but they are by no means an exhaustive list. There are some brilliant vloggers I’m yet to discover. If you have any recommendations for me, please leave a link in the comments below.

Thanks! 💋