Happy Wednesday! I’m delighted to be welcoming the blog tour for Annette Hannah’s Poppy’s Christmas Wishes today. I read this last year and adored it – if you didn’t catch my review, you can catch up now! So rather than repost my review, Annette kindly answered some questions for me!
Thank you to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the blog tour and to Annette for answering my questions!
‘A heartwarming read, full of friendship and fun’ Heidi Swain
What would you wish for if you were granted three wishes?
For the first time she can remember, Poppy is dreading Christmas. Unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend after moving across the country for him, there’s nothing cheery about the festive season this year.
Dragged to a Christmas ball by best friend Layla, Poppy meets gorgeous actor Gabe, who stars as a genie in a play. When he asks her what three wishes she would make, she realises it’s quite simple: love, a job she’s happy in and, just once in her life, to do something extraordinary.
Gabe and Poppy make a pact to help each other make their dreams come true. As they tick off their wishes, their friendship blossoms… But, as they discover, sometimes, what you want for Christmas isn’t necessarily what you need…
A delicious romance to snuggle up with this festive season from the author of Wedding Bells at the Signal Box Café and The Cosy Little Cupcake Van.
Welcome to A Knight’s Reads Annette! Thank you so much for popping by for a chat! It’s been a while since we met at Christie’s (Barlow) party!
Enough of the reminiscing; first question! Describe Poppy’s Christmas Wishes in 10 words or less
Disillusioned Poppy meets gorgeous Gabe and her wishes come true.
Wow that was so hard.
Poppy is granted three wishes by Gabe – what would your three wishes be?
Wish one that my children live happy and fulfilled lives
Wish two that my books are made into films
Wish three that we can achieve world peace, eradicate poverty, disease, cruelty and greed and all be kind to each other
What can you tell us about your current work in progress?
Ooh, I can tell you that it’s coming out in March next year and that when I was writing some of it I was on holiday and practised some of the Zumba steps I was writing about in the pool.
Oooooo exciting!! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for that!
You’re Press Officer for the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) – how do you balance writing with your RNA work and your blogging?
It’s been quite hard and in fact my book was finished much later than I wanted it to be because I was so busy with the RNA. I’ve unfortunately had to cut down on the blogging but I still try to do a few when I can.
Who are your go-to authors to read?
Milly Johnson, Dorothy Koomson, Heidi Swain, Kim Nash, Christie Barlow, Jenni Keer and so many more.
Do you have any Christmas traditions? And do you go to a traditional pantomime at Christmas?
Yes, my grown up kids still have a sack for Christmas and come into our bedroom on Christmas morning to open their presents before we go downstairs for breakfast and their big pressies. I haven’t been to a panto for years but my cousin is in an amateur dramatic group and we often go and see him when he’s in a show. Also my daughter was once in a show on the west end.
Just for fun – what would your Mastermind specialist subject be?
Ooooh I don’t know, maybe cupcake flavours as I came up with quite a few for my second book, The Cosy Little Cupcake Van. If not that then Coronation Street.
Mmmmmm cake!! I remember there being some very interesting and mouthwatering flavours at the Cupcake Van!
Thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog. And Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you too Annette and the family Hannah! With my second Christmassy post of the year, I’m fully ready for the festive season to properly kick in!! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions!
Who Is Annette Hannah?
Annette Hannah is a Liver Bird who relocated to leafy Hertfordshire in the 80’s and now lives near a river with her husband, two of their three grown up children and a crazy black cocker spaniel. She writes Romantic comedies in settings inspired by the beautiful countryside around her and always with a nod to her hometown.
She worked in Marketing for many years as a qualified Marketeer which she loved as it tapped into her creative side.
As an avid reader, she began to review the books she read, became a book blogger and eventually plucked up the courage to fulfil her lifelong dream of writing a book.
For four years she was a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s new writers’ scheme, during which time she wrote a book a year. After signing a two book deal with Orion Dash in 2020 she graduated to full member of the organisation and is also their Press Officer.
She loves long walks along the river, travelling to far flung places and spending time with her friends and family.