I’m so pleased to welcome ChocLit author Linn B. Halton to Linda’s Book Bag today as Linn’s book A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love is firmly on my TBR!
To celebrate the recent paperback publication of A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love Linn considers the difference between an e-copy and a real book in a fascinating guest post- and I’m with her every word!
A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love was published by Choc Lit and is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here.
A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love
Life isn’t all love and cupcakes …
Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better.
But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she begins to sense that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?
Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed.
But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there …
A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love – feeling that paperback love!
A Guest Post by Linn B. Halton
OK – I’m the first to admit that before I owned a Kindle I did, actually, say “never”. In the words of the legendary Sean Connery – “Never Say Never Again”. So now my Kindle is always in reach and my constant companion – can you feel the “but” coming?
But sometimes a reading experience has to involve holding a paperback in your hands and smelling those pages. Yes, you know the moment. Like a familiar old perfume that wafts up the nostrils and evokes memories stretching way back. Every book experience you had that began in early childhood when Kindle and eReaders were unimaginable. In an age when we are used to surfing the net, hitting a web page and clicking away in seconds if the content isn’t for us, we’ve become impatient clickers. The same applies to the TV remote control – click, click, click. It can be with same with our eReaders and a part of that is, I believe, because (despite the convenience) there’s a little something MISSING.
Of course, as an author I’m overjoyed when a new book is available in eformat. But when the postman knocks and delivers a parcel of books it’s pure, unadulterated book love. Cuddling your Kindle/eReader is like cuddling a brick; cuddling a paperback makes you want to sink straight down onto the nearest sofa and read. Now. Not in a minute, or later this evening, but NOW.
Chocolate, biscuits, popcorn, coffee, wine … yes, there will be accessories required to complete that perfect experience. But let’s be honest here – for many of us it’s a decadent, indulgent, can’t-live-without experience and that’s why the paperback will never die.
Even selecting a paperback from the bookstore shelves is more of a ritual than the surf, click and checkout experience. Like savouring a fine wine, or eating a gourmet meal, it shouldn’t be rushed. You pick it up, you touch the cover, you read the blurb on the back and you know that what you hold in your hands is magical. You will be spirited away into another time and place, walking alongside characters to inspire a range of emotions in you. Sympathy, empathy, hope, anger, love …
And now A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love is in print and I’ve had my eyes closed, touchy-feely moment that never fails to send a thrill up my spine.
About Linn B. Halton
“I’m a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, and writing. Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache…”
An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Linn’s novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award. Linn writes chick lit, women’s contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Choc Lit, Harper Impulse and Endeavour Press.