It’s A Family Thing: Daisy Daydream by Sue Wickstead

Hey Everyone,

I am very lucky as a book blogger. Not only does my 4 year old daughter share my love of reading but author’s share their works with us. Today I have a review for you, from my daughter and I for the latest book from Sue Wickstead.

Sue has very generously sent us all her works to date and Alexis loves not only receiving them but reading them as well.

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The book we are reviewing today is Daisy Daydream: The Nursery Rhyme Book.

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On The Back

In 1987 the real Daisy was given a new lease of life when she was repainted with popular Nursery Rhyme characters for the children to enjoy and sing along.
The brightly decorated exterior would attract the attention of the children and get them running along to play and explore inside.
The playbus was a very popular and much-loved venue for a playgroup and fondly remembered.
A safe place to enjoy and certainly full of fun.

But I wonder what songs would the children sing these days?

Do they still know their Nursery Rhymes?

We even made a few rhymes of our own.

Purchase Link: Amazon UK

Sue’s Website: https://suewickstead.co.uk/

Review

When Sue sent us the book she also sent some really cute little buses to colour and make. We did this before reading the book and it really did add to the overall fun of reading a new book.

Alexis really enjoyed the book. The reference to lots of the nursery rhymes that she knows and we had a sing-a-long while reading. The story of Daisy is one of hope and it demonstrates how things can be re-used and still serve a purpose even if it is one that it wasn’t originally designated to do.

It was perfect for Alexis’s age, I would say that children would really enjoy this from being around 2 yrs old. Sue has a lovely way of writing for children. We cannot see what else Sue brings out over the course of her career.

 

Thank you to Sue for this opportunity and thanks to all of you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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The Andrew McMeel Posh Planner {Review}

Hey Everyone,

I was browsing my local bookshop and of course that meant stumbling along to the academic planners which had just been released (Yes, I know this post is 2 months late, opps). I saw one which stood out to me, it was so very pretty and had lovely golden detailing.

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I had a flick through and loved the layout of it. On the back was all the brand details which I had never heard of before. I can’t believe as a planner girl I have never before seen these. This one is part of the Organised Living Range

When you open the front cover there is a wallet section to pop stickers/notes/letters. Not only does it have little bits but the top opens for larger documents as well. There are pages showing all the 2018 and 2019 holidays, a monthy tracker, monthly overview and then a weekly diary section. At the back there is a section for emergency numbers, notes and planning for 2020 as well as 2 sheets of stickers.

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For me the best part of this planner is the weekly overview. Each day is split into a writing part and a part with checkboxes for things such as to-do lists. There is also a section at the bottom for notes or has a pre-written quote. This allows so much flexibility for planning my days.

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For a link to this planner click here. The planner was £16.99 which I thought was fab value for money.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Preptober Resources

Hey Guys and Gals,

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am sharing with you a list of resources which I have been using for NaNoWriMo preptober.

I’ve made some of my own little autumn themed images which I will also share, feel free to take from them anything you want:)

Megg Geri – Lost of helpful blog posts and printable resources. Her book How To Write A Novel in 30 Days is fantastic.

Eva Deverell – There are a million and one printable worksheets and bits of advice on Eva’s site.

Natalia Leigh – Natalia has created a fantastic Preptober workbook which is available for a donation of your chosing.

Writer’s Digest – A hubub of advice and printable worksheets and advice sheets.

Goinswriter – A blog with helpful advice

Pinterest – A link to my Pinterest board. Pinterest is a fantastic place to find information

Other Links

Rock Your Writing

Ari Meghlen

The Writer’s Craft

The Novel Factory

ReadWriteThink

Annie Neugebauer

Tricia Goyer

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If you have any helpful resources I’ve not mentioned please feel free to drop them in a comment below.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Oh! What A Pavlova by Isabella May {Q&A}

Oh What A Pavlova

Hey Everyone,

Today I am bringing you a  Q&A session from the lovely Isabella May in honour of her Book Birthday for Oh! What a Pavlova.

Blurb

Oh! What a Pavlova

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits  and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

Purchase Link: myBook.to/pavlova

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Q&A

1: Can you summarise ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’ in just a few words?
Okay, are you ready? It’s quite a different premise for a novel…
Cake meets domestic violence, travel, spirituality, comedy, and a bid for freedom in the arms of many an unsuitable man… all set against the backdrop of the weird and wonderful characters of the publishing industry.

2: What was the inspiration for this book?
A burning desire to dispel the misconception that an abusive relationship is abusive all the time: it is not. But I also wanted to portray a very honest picture of the way D.V can splinter the victim’s life. Quite often they are leading a double life, their outer façade so astonishingly different to the unthinkable acts they are tolerating behind closed doors. Ultimately though, I wanted to create a story with a very different message; a message of empowerment for any woman or man who is currently feeling anything but strong.

3: Did you do any research for the book?
Yes. Although I have been to most of the twenty-two destinations which feature in the book, a couple of locations are brand new to me, so I had to read a fair bit about them to get a feel for them. And then to reinvigorate my memory with the sights, sounds and smells of the more familiar places, I turned to Pinterest, which is fantastic for evoking emotion and atmosphere (as well as procrastination!)

And of course, there was a lot of reading to do on the subject of abuse – not so pretty, but essential for furthering my own personal understanding, and so I could tell a more comprehensive story.

4: How do you decide on the names for your characters?
Oh, the character names in this novel have each changed more than half a dozen times. Then again, it is a book that was several years in the making! My second and third novels (The Cocktail Bar and Costa del Churros) were so much easier. The names seemed to magically float into my head from an invisible Idea Cloud and they have stuck ever since.

5: Is there a message for the reader? What do you hope they will get from one of your books?
All of my books have an integral message: you are far more in control of your life than you have ever realized, especially when you let the Universe lead the dance. But hopefully I say this in a subtle way. There is also nothing worse than a Preaching Fairy Godmother…

Author Bio

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

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Social Media Links

www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

My Previous Posts

See what Isabella’s writing process is as she discusses writing in this post

The Cocktail Bar Review

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My Thoughts on Isabella’s New Book – Costa Del Churros

It was a fantastic read! It was great to see a couple of familiar faces, including revisiting one I previously disliked and now have a totally new opinion of. I really love how Isabella manages to mix reality and a hint of magic. Marvellously written and the characters are so relatable, each one with their own faults and imperfections. As always Isabella writes in a way which allows the words to flow from the pages.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Joseph Barnaby by Susan Roebuck {Guest Post}

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Hey Everyone,

Sorry for the delay in the post, it was meant to go out yesterday. As thy say though, better late than never. Today I have a guest post from authorSusan Roebuck.

Blurb

Stand by your beliefs – even if it means going to the end of the Earth

By standing up for his principles to save the life of a prize racehorse, farrier Joseph Barnaby loses everything. Now, a personal vendetta has become too deep to fight and he escapes to the island of Madeira where he finds work on a small farm at the foot of a cliff, only accessible by boat. The balmy climate and never-ending supply of exotic fruit, vegetables and honey make it sound like paradise but, for Joseph, it’s the ideal place to hide from the world. Can the inhabitants of Quinta da Esperança, who have more grit in them than the pebbled beach that fronts the property, help Joseph find his self-worth again? And can he escape the danger that draws ever nearer?

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joseph-Barnaby-Susan-Roebuck-ebook/dp/B07FMVFLH1/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Barnaby-Susan-Roebuck-ebook/dp/B07FMVFLH1/

Guest Post

Portugal. A tiny country with a large heart, that’s what I always say. It’s not my country of birth (that’s the UK) but it’s my adopted country ever since my husband exported me here many moons ago.

It’s such a varied country with different cultures and landscapes. In one day you can drive from the north through national parks, ancient stone villages, past rocky mountains and steep hills covered in vineyards, to the more populated Centre with its famous Coimbra University, the walled town of Obidos down to rocking, vibrant and beautiful Lisbon. Cross over the vast Tagus river onto the south bank and travel through the plains of the Alentejo, past fields of wild-flowers, sunflowers, cork and olive groves with villages of white and blue cottages until the well-known, glamorous Algarve appears, its sparkle reflected in the azure sea because that’s as far as you can go on mainland Portugal.

The country is 900 years old, revels in the fact that it is Britain’s oldest ally (thanks to Queen Philippa of Lancaster who married Dom João I in the 14th century), and, in the fifteen and sixteenth centuries created a huge empire overseas thanks to its New World Discoveries. Portuguese is even today one of the most spoken languages in the world (thanks, largely, to Brazil).

Living in such a beautiful place, I decided to write three novels set here.

The first one was “Rising Tide”, set in a small fishing village in the Alentejo where two strangers meet – crab fisherman Leo from Alaska (straight out of the “Deadliest Catch”) and small boat fisherman, Piper, from Norfolk, UK. They’ve both come to find out more of their families.

The second one was “Forest Dancer”, set in the forest just outside Lisbon. Classical ballet dancer, Flora from London, is left a cottage in the village. She’s failed several auditions and needs to rebuild her career. Can she do that in such an out of the way place? Maybe. She’s caught the eye of a local forest ranger but maybe his love is greater for his beloved trees and forest.

My new novel, “Joseph Barnaby” is not set on mainland Portugal but on the island of Madeira, on a fajã which is a flat area of land at the bottom of a steep escarpment or cliff. Often formed on the islands of Madeira and the Azores from volcanic lava flow before it was stopped by the ocean. Some Fajãs are wide enough to be farmed, but usually the only access to them is by boat.

Madeira is famous for its tropical climate and exotic fruits and flowers. At first, Joe works in a fishermens’ bar where the drink of the day (other than beer) is always Poncha. It’s an alcoholic drink made with Aguardente de cana (distilled alcohol made from sugar cane juice), honey, sugar, lemon rind, and lemon juice. It is all mixed together in a pitcher and the taste is sweet, it doesn’t have a strong alcoholic taste. It really packs a punch.

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Author Bio

I was born and educated in the UK (I am British!) but now live in Portugal. I’ve been an English teacher for many years with the British Council and also the Portuguese civil service where I developed e-learning courses.

My first love is, of course, my husband, my second writing, and my third painting. And now I have time to be able to indulge in all three.

My debut novel, “Perfect Score” was published by Mundania Press on Sept 21, 2010 and the paperback launched on May 11 2011. It was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC e-book Awards in the Mainstream Category.

My second novel is a dark thriller/fantasy called “Hewhay Hall”. It won an EPPIE award in the 2013 EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) e-Book Awards in the Horror Category.

Next comes “Rising Tide”, published in 2015. Set in Portugal, published by Mundania Press. It is set in a tiny fishing village that the world, and most of Portugal, has forgotten. Read about the wonders of the ocean and see if Piper from Norfolk UK and Leo from Alaska, USA, can find what they’re searching for in the little village of Luminosa.

“Forest Dancer” was published on 20th February 2018 by CrookedCat Books. This is novel number 2 set in Portugal but this time in the forests outside Lisbon, Portugal. Instead of the sea (as in Rising Tide), now find out about the wonders of the forest and whether classical ballerina, Flora, can find what she’s searching for in the small village of Aurora.

On 5th October 2018 CrookedCat Books published my newest novel, “Joseph Barnaby”, another romance/suspense which is set on the island of Madeira.


Social Media Links 

  Blog and website: http://www.susanroebuck.com

General Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuRoebuck

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SusanRoebuckauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sueroebuck

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

My Current WIP Set-Up {A5 Uglydori Traveler’s Notebook}

Hey Everyone,

Today I have a lovely crossover post for you. It involves planners and writing, two of my favourite things.

I recently took part in a planner swap and I got this absolutely gorgeous A5 Uglydori from Uglybug Traveler’s Notebooks. The size meant it was perfect to set up for my current work-in-progress and NaNo prep and the quality of the leather means it will hold well getting a battering in my bag.

I have set-it up around the same theme as my novel genre and added little bits and bobs that inspire me and make me happy.

I have 4 notebooks inside it, each serves a different purpose.

Notebook 1 is my WIP Bible – this contains everything I need to know about my book. Character profiles, world building, plot points, outlines, storyboard. You get the drift.

Notebook 2 is my NaNo BuJo – I have all my preptober goals set up, NaNo goals, word trackers, NaNo self care info and I will add any word crawl pieces I take part in as well as a running to-do list.

Notebook 3 is my WIP notebooks – this is where I write out scenes and pieces of actual writing that I want to include in my book but don’t have my laptop with me. Great for when I am out and about.

Notebook 4 is for Writing Resources – this is where I write more technical notes, print out copies of advice, trips, tricks and worksheets. This is a book I can keep with me regardless of which WIP I work on as the information is relevant to writing in general.

I have various sticky notes and washi tucked in the pockets along with a NaNo personal size insert that I have yet to transfer all information into.

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Link to my pinterest where all these resources can be found: Alaria Storyboard

Links to images above: The Raven Girl The Room Stack

I would love to see if you have a planner or TN set up for NaNo or your work-in-progress.

Here is a link to my writing resources.

 

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Autumn Antics by Georgina Troy {Review}

Blurb

Being a part-time hand model can be tricky, especially when you have to deal with prima donnas like Megan Knight, a reality star whose meteoric rise has surprised everyone. Bella is happiest running her tiny antique business from the front room of her cottage on the boardwalk. To ensure she has enough income coming in, she also rents out two of her bedrooms and is hiding a secret crush on one of her lodgers. His name is Jack and he also happens to be her best friend Sacha’s brother.

If life wasn’t complicated enough, her world-travelling mother appears on her doorstep on the same evening that Jack’s ex-fiancée arrives on the boardwalk determined to win him back. Bella has a lot of thinking to do and soon discovers that not all gems sparkle.

Review

What a wonderful book to get cosy with. I really enjoyed Autumn Antics. It was a fun and light read. The characters were really great. You cannot help to love Bella, Jack and Megan along with the others. I found the first chapter was a little slow but the pace quickly picked up into the second chapter as you discover more about life on the broadwalk.

Georgina sets a lovely cost tone with her writing and her use of imagery allows the reader to fully imagine how the places that she describe look. I love it when a writer has the ability to make you feel like a movie is playing in my mind as you read and Georgina does this successfully.

I highly recommend Autumn Antics to anyone looking for a light cosy read to hide from the windy and rainy weather. The perfect book to read with a hot chocolate.

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Giveaway – Win an Autumn Antics Locket and Tote Bag (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autumn-Antics-Boardwalk-Sea-Book-ebook/dp/B07DHWRZG9/ (Amazon.co.uk)

 https://www.amazon.com/Autumn-Antics-Boardwalk-Sea-Book-ebook/dp/B07DHWRZG9/ (Amazon.com)

Author Bio

Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. She recently signed with HarperCollins’ romance imprint HarperImpulse to write an historical romance to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr will be published in e-book format on 12 October 2018 and in paperback on 27 December 2018.

Georgina was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss and a finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2015. Her first four-book series, The Jersey Scene and books 1 and 2 of her second series, The Boardwalk by the Sea are available.

She also writes thrillers as Ella Drummond and lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.

Sign up to Georgina’s Newsletter at: deborahcarr.org/contact

Social Media Links –

Website: https://www.deborahcarr.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeorginaTroyAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeorginaTroy

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/georginatroy/

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Preptober – It’s a NaNorific Month!

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Hey Everyone,

Preptober is upon us! Now if you don’t know what Preptober is then I am about to tell you. It refers to the month before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which falls in November, meaning that October is the month to prepare.

For many writer’s it is an essential month to get everything done that will help us in the quest to hit that 50k word count during November.

I didn’t take part last year as I wasn’t well so I am making the most of Preptober this year so that come NaNo I am able to hit the ground running.

I knocked up a little Preptober calender to keep me on track and i’d like to share it with you. Of course everyone prep’s differently but hopefully it will be of use to someone.

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

October 2018 {New Releases}

Hey Everyone,

It’s that time again. Time to bring you the new releases for October. This is a small list compiled from some of the lesser known but brilliant authors out there.

Malasorte Castle by Julia. E Clements

Release Date: 30th September

Twelve-year-old Izzy is excited to be spending the summer holidays with her Italian grandmother. She eagerly listens to spine-tingling tales of the evil spirits that once infested Val De Monio, in awe of the Guardians who did battle with them. But when Gran tells her about a Mazzapeghoul, a wicked demon, still inhabiting Malasorte Castle, Izzy starts to doubt whether her stories are true.

When her new-found Italian friends suggest spending a night in Malasorte Castle to prove it isn’t haunted, she jumps at the chance to join them. But things start going bump in the night, and they begin to wonder if the Mazzapeghoul is more than just a local myth.

Why did the last members of the family flee the castle in 1932, leaving it empty and desolate? Can Izzy and her friends solve the puzzle and break the curse on the castle before it’s too late?

Purchase Link

Elliot Pie’s Guide to Human Nature by Chantelle Atkins

Release Date: 5th October

One boy’s mission to find the good in people.
Twelve-year-old Elliot Pie lives a solitary life with his agoraphobic mother.
He is desperate to help her and he also wants to find out what happened to his Uncle Liam, who walked out one night leaving his dog and his car in the back garden.
While his mother sinks further into the darkness, Elliot finds comfort in people-watching.
He is determined to prove to her that good people still exist and when a stranger is kind to him one day, a plan is hatched. A plan to save his mother. A plan that might help him find Uncle Liam.
Elliot’s collection of strangers all have stories to tell about human nature, but is he placing his trust in the wrong people? Or is the real danger closer to home?

Purchase Link 

Amazon UK

Social Media

Website/blog : https://chantelleatkins.com/

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Celestial (Starstruck Book 4) by S.E. Anderson

Release Date: 9th October
Sally, Zander, and Blayde, accompanied by their new friend Nim, have only one request: no more bizarre distractions on their hunt for Earth.

But before their cells can complete a single jump, the team is shoved off course and crash into a dreary old temple. Worse yet, there seems to be some confusion over Sally’s face, as it looks exactly like that the local deity, Selena, goddess of the moon and omniscient absentee. Sally’s ticking every box on the ancient prophecies checklist.

Fresh off of her meds and riding the withdrawal, and Sally must choose between embracing the role of Goddess so as to protect the planet from mysterious Sky People, or being thrown in a Volcano. Not the best way to start a tropical vacation. It’s not going to be easy uniting warring factions, dealing with excitable whispering forests, or fighting both literal and figurative demons. Not to mention keeping up the appearance of divinity when all Sally wants is a nap.

Armed only with some high school improv’ classes and a basic knowledge of foreign pop songs, Sally must save the planet – before everything goes up in flames.

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October Instagram Challenge!

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Hey Everyone,

It’s October and its a NEW month but most importantly it is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Jennifer Gilmour who is an author and advocate for women in abusive relationships,  has decided to do something different to bring awareness this month.

Here is what she had to say:

“Not only is it the publication day of Isolation Junction (second edition) on the 22nd but I am doing this Instagram Challenge. I am sure you have noticed it says positive challenge and this is because I felt personally I needed to bring some positivity to the month. It can be quite overwhelming when each year bringing awareness brings back memories I would rather lock away and I felt that if I feel this I am sure that others feel this way as well. I have to remember that my life now is that of a happy one and that I have managed to build a positive life after the abusive relationship I experienced. So… I thought we could have a month to recognise the positives and still bring awareness to domestic abuse”

How to join in:

  1. Let everyone know on Insta that you are joining in on the challenge, sharing will get more people involved.
  2. Take a picture relating to the prompt on each day of the month (see image below).
  3. Make sure you tag Jennifer in the picture, her instagram is @authorjennifergilmour.
  4. Don’t forget the # as well so others that are joining in can see your pictures as well.

Make sure you come back each Monday of October and check to see if your photo has been featured on Jennifer’s weekly blog post especially for this Instagram Challenge- www.jennifergilmour.com

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Happy posting, can’t wait to see your pictures.

Emma-Louise x