New Tasty Good Reads! Books and Cheese from @Fromage_Fiction @cheesecuisine

I now have a guest post from the creators of Fromage Fiction who are offering readers a book and cheese package. If this sounds exciting there is also a £10 discount code (Deluxe edition only) for readers of this blog post (more info lower in the post)

About Fromage & Fiction

Fromage & Fiction is an exciting new club for cheese, wine and book lovers across the UK, and the brand-new project was launched in July by Cheese Cuisine, an online cheese retailer and community who have created an innovative collaboration with the world of British authors by perfecting wine and cheese pairings to compliment contemporary novels. The Fromage & Fiction cheese, wine and book club supports new and emerging British authors while championing British artisan cheese and independent wineries. 

Working with specially selected original and thought-provoking novels, Cheese Cuisine collaborates with the authors to pair British artisan cheese and independent wines centred around the story, as well as creating interesting and engaging content and special events with the Fromage & Fiction authors themselves. Each novel has three styles of cheeseboards, perfect for individuals, book clubs and also makes a great gift for the book enthusiasts in your life. 

The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

Genres: Coming-of-age story, Humorous Fiction, Domestic Fiction

Blurb: “One of those gorgeous books that completely lifts your spirits and restores your faith in humanity Ruth Jones, co-creator of Gavin and Stacey and bestselling author of Us Three”

It was a journey they would always remember . . . for a friend they’d never forget. Norman and Jax are a legendary comedic duo in waiting, with a five-year plan to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe by the time they’re fifteen. But when Jax dies before they turn twelve, Norman decides a tribute act for his best friend just can’t wait, so he rewrites their plan:

1. Look after mum | 2. Find Dad | 3. Get to the Edinburgh Fringe

Sadie knows she won’t win Mother of the Year and she’s not proud she doesn’t know who her son’s father is. But when she finds Norman’s list, all she wants is to see her son smile again… So they set off on a pilgrimage to Edinburgh, making a few stops to find Norman’s dad along the way.

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman is an inspiring, feel-good novel about a small boy with a big heart – and even bigger dreams.

Julietta quote; “I am really excited to be collaborating with Cheese Cuisine on their new project, Fromage & Fiction, pairing wonderful wine and British cheese connected to the storyline of my novel. I loved the idea of avid readers and book clubs alike experiencing the cheeseboard put together for The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman – what better way to spend an evening?” 

Book extract, this really is one paragraph that perfectly sums up the book!

Chapter 9


‘Finding out Norman wanted to find his father was almost as much of a shock to me as finding out I was pregnant had been. In fact, it managed to evoke pretty much the same feelings, from what I can remember. Same order, even. Bewilderment, denial, terror, followed by how the hell did this happen, and how am I going to do this without losing my mind or getting arrested. Throw in the news that it appeared Norman was aiming to get a solo gig at one of the world’s most famous comedy events, and there was every possibility that both of those things would happen. And probably more.’

Three different products

Each book will have different products, but quantities will be similar:

Norman Foreman Cheeseboard Edition

The perfect gift for the bookworm in your life or an indulgent treat for yourself.

For 1 to 2 people

What you get:

One hardcopy edition of The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman

Three cheeses (around 400g): Fat Cow, Miss Muffet and Perl Wen

Two accompaniments: Global Harvest Pear and Peter’s Yard Original Crispbreads

Option to add the authors selected wine


Norman Foreman Deluxe Edition Cheeseboard 

Our deluxe edition includes a hard copy of the book as well as a ticket to an exclusive event over zoom with the author.

For 1 to 2 people

What you get:

One hardcopy edition of The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman

Three cheeses (around 400g): Fat Cow, Miss Muffet and Perl Wen

Two accompaniments: Global Harvest Pear and Peter’s Yard Original Crispbreads

Option to add the authors selected wine

Ticket to the exclusive online event with the author.


Norman Foreman Book Group Edition 

Our book group edition is perfect for when it’s your turn to host the next book for the group. We will send a copy of the book at purchase, or on its release date (whichever is first) then you tell us when to send you the cheeseboard for 6 to 8 people for the book group. (Must be delivered within one year of purchase).

What you get:

One hardcopy edition of The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman

Three cheeses (around 1200g): Fat Cow, Miss Muffet and Perl Wen

Four accompaniments: 2x Global Harvest Pear and 2x Peter’s Yard Original Crispbreads

Option to add the authors selected wine


How we work with the authors to create cheeseboards and content

We work closely with each author on the content we produce and the products we offer. We work together with the author to choose the perfect cheeses and accompany wine relevant to their preference and the theme of their book. Each book that we feature in our book club is different, therefore the products that are chosen are personalised and carefully chosen.

The three cheeses on The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman cheeseboard come from different locations on Norman and Sadie’s road trip up to Scotland. Similarly, the cheeses on the When We Were Young board are from farms located along the Thames Path!

When We Were Young book by Richard Roper.

Richard Ropers second novel, set against the idyllic backdrop of The Thames path, takes you on a darkly comical tour narrated by the two main characters Joel and Theo, who reconnect after a one terrible night fractured their friendship. Roper’s homage to the British sitcom, backed by his two flawed, yet endearing and relatable leads, alongside his natural prose and comical whit, lead us to select When We Were Young for Fromage and Fiction. With an abundance of great artisan cheese producers along the Thames to choose from, it was a joy to create these parings with Richard.  the perfect combination for a picnic and read by the river!

Richard Roper says; “I couldn’t be happier to be partnering with the excellent team at Cheese Cuisine. I can’t wait for people to hear more about my new book When We Were Young, and, more importantly, to do so while tasting excellently paired cheese and wines inspired by the book itself.” 

Richard’s cheeseboards contain: (Including the book and etc as above)

Three Cheeses: Witheridge, Oxford Isis and Cerney Ash

Plus Clare’s Preserves Carrot & Garlic Chutney and Stag Original Water Biscuits

How often it will run/how it works

Fromage & Fiction is an ever-growing library of newly published novels, and although we will be continuing to work with different authors on their new book, each past novel’s cheeseboard will always be available to purchase along with the book (while stocks last). Therefore, our book club is always on the go! We will be doing 9 – 10 books per year, approximately 1 every 6 weeks or so. This time frame may vary slightly as we depend on seeking out newly published books that fit our model and audience. We aren’t a subscription service, as we don’t like the idea of tying people down, so you can dip in and out when a book interests you! No subscription, no gimmicks, just great books and great cheese.

Where people can find us

Head to our website where you will find our first two novels and the cheeseboards for each of them. We are also on social media and Goodreads:

Twitter: @Fromage_Fiction / @CheeseCuisine

Instagram: @cheesecuisine / @fromageandfiction

Facebook: Fromage & Fiction / Cheese Cuisine

Pinterest: @cheesecuisine

Youtube: Cheese Cuisine

TikTok: @Fromage_and_Fiction

Goodreads: Fromage & Fiction Group

Discount code for readers.

ROSIEAMBER10 for £10 off either Norman Foreman Deluxe Edition Cheeseboard or When We Were Young Deluxe Edition Cheeseboard

7 Items Which Have Got Me Through Lockdown #MondayBlogs

The latest Uk lockdown has been really hard and at times I have had to dig deep to find the will to keep going. Here are 7 items which have saved me when times have been tough.

First my Superpower T-shirt. When I’ve needed motivation to keep going I put this on, after all we all need a superpower!

I bought mine from Amazon

My second item was a bargain that I came across when I needed to top up my online shopping to reach the free delivery spend. Water Jasmine Eau de Toilette 30ml. Just because a girl likes to smell lovely!

This was only £5 from M&S and is light and refreshing, it also comes in 6 other flavours

Third on my list is one square a day of 90% cocoa, dark chocolate. It is my dark secret indulgence.

The fourth is one many of you will have in the back of your cupboard and this one literally does a rescue job when panic sets in and it feels like all your cards have fallen down.

Bach Rescue Remedy.

My Fifth item was a treat for my very dry skin. Dream Cream from Lush. With a light perfume and soothing ingredients it is well worth the investment.

Find it here.

Sixth on my list goes to some Pukka herbal teas, particularity Night time Organic Tea which has helped me to drift off to sleep.

Lastly this Sweet Sleep Magnesium Butter from The Sweet Bee Organics company. This was ideal for my menopausal twitchy legs, a little smoothed onto the feet and calves each night and my fidgety legs have gone.

Shop for it here.

So that’s my list, what items have got you through the Lockdown period?


Re-Post To Bee Or Not To #Bee #SaveTheBees #Beekeeping #MondayBlogs

Whilst surfing Twitter recently, I was reminded about the world plight of the humble honey bee, a creature ignored by me for some decades.  Why?  I spent them recovering from the scars of my teenage years. Let me explain. I … Continue reading

#TwitterTips Change Your Twitter Name. Catch All Your Tweets

Blogging like a pro. Easy with these two tweaks.

Friend and editor Alison Williams shared some twitter tips which I’m re-posting for the benefit of our new readers.

The mistake I made when I set up my Twitter account was my choice of twitter username/handle. I wanted to use my actual name. I have a really common name, so Alison Williams wasn’t available, and neither were any variations using numbers that weren’t far too complicated to use. So I decided to use a capital ‘i’ in place of one of the ‘L’s in Williams. Sorted.

Problem, Technical, Issues, Technology, Error, Delay

Problems arose when I was tagged in a tweet. People assumed that my twitter username was @AlisonWilliams (with two lls). It wasn’t. So I didn’t see a tweet and therefore couldn’t retweet it. This meant I lost out on sharing that tweet with people. An editing client tweeted how pleased she was with the work I did for her – she asked me a few days later why I hadn’t retweeted. I lost out on some free advertising there.

Mistake, Error, Question Mark, Fail, Wrong, Trouble

I realised that I needed to change my username to something that, first of all, people could spell correctly, and secondly that would lead people to me on Twitter. So I decided to change my username to @AlisonW_Editor

My name is now spelt correctly. It also means that anyone looking for an editor on Twitter is more likely to find me.

Changing your username is really simple to do. Just go to your Twitter profile, use the drop down menu to select ‘settings’, and change the username listed in the username field. Click ‘save changes’ and you’re done. It doesn’t affect anything on your account; you keep all your followers, and all your past tweets, favourites and lists are still there. Or click on your picture icon, select ‘profile’, then edit ‘profile’ and you should see a box to change below the option to change your picture.

If you use WordPress. Make sure Twitter is correctly connected to your WordPress account. This way, when followers use the Twitter share button on your post, you will get notified on Twitter.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to WP Admin
  • On the left hand side under ‘Settings’ you’ll see ‘sharing’ – click this
  • Scroll down until you see: ‘Twitter username to include in tweets when people share using the Twitter button’
  • In the box alongside this enter your new Twitter username. (No need to add the @)
  • Save changes

And you’re ready to go.

Kids, Drawing, Scribble, Lines, Girl, Boy, Child

Extra Tip: Make your Twitter Handle is as close to your “Author” name (or Business Name) as possible so fans can easily follow you.

For more blogging and Twitter tips see here 

Sunday Connection Books We’ve Reviewed This Week Plus Links To The Blogosphere #SundayBlogShare

This week we’ve been reviewing the following:


Monday – classic American historical fiction My Antonia by Willa Cather


And Knights Templar historical fiction Daughter Of War by SJA Turney


Tuesday – women’s fiction The Girl I Used To Know by Faith Hogan


And family saga Madonna Of The Mountains by Elise Valmorbida


Wednesday – Terry reviewed Tudor historical fiction Mary: Tudor Princess by Tony Riches


Thursday – Noelle reviewed crime fiction The Maori Detective by DA Crossman


Friday – Teri reviewed modern fairy tale The Royal Deal by DG Driver


And I reviewed thriller Girl Without A Voice by Chris Bridge


Saturday Judith reviewed thriller Hiding by Jenny M Potts

Plus links to interesting posts from the blogosphere.

Hashtags for new book bloggers

A look behind the scenes of a small press publisher

How to write better fight scenes

Being Published – Part 1 The Contract

What is it really like to be an author?

Sunday Connection – books we’ve reviewed this week, plus links to the Blogosphere #SundayBlogShare

This week we’ve been reviewing the following:


Monday – Karen reviewed superhero fantasy The Hat by C.S. Boyack

That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel

Tuesday – Cathy reviewed Irish romance That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan


I reviewed romantic suspense Inconclusive Evidence by Reily Garrett

A Clerical Error (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries #3)

Wednesday – Barb reviewed cosy mystery A Clerical Error by J New


Thursday – Guest author Tim Walker talked about his Arthurian book Uther’s Destiny


Friday – Sean reviewed scifi X0 by Sherrie Cronin

Plus links to the blogosphere

Writers: Advice on how to promote yourself

3 Mistakes new writers are making

How to write an Amazon Book Blurb

Formatting from a Word document to Kindle


Sunday Connection – This Week’s #BookReviews Plus Links To The Blogosphere #SundayBlogShare

This week we’ve been reviewing the following books:


Monday – Barb reviewed fantasy The Jack Of Ruin by Stephen C Merlino


I reviewed non fiction The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver


Tuesday – I reviewed mild thriller The Intruder by P.S Hogan


Wednesday – Eleanor reviewed historical romance The Viscount And The Vicar’s Daughter by Mimi Matthews


Thursday – Judith W reviews scifi The Happy Chip by Dennis Meredith


Friday – Jessie reviewed historical fantasy The Falcon Flies Alone by Gabrielle Mattieu


Saturday – Alison reviewed family memoir Castles In The Air by Alison Ripley

Plus Links To The Blogosphere

Good advice for pitching your book

Modern demands for word-counts in books

Drew tackles a common theme among book bloggers

Can Authors vote on Amazon reviews of their own book?

Help understanding Goodreads bookshelves


Sunday Connection – Books We’ve Reviewed This Week, Plus Links To The Blogosphere #SundayBlogShare

This week we’ve reviewed the following books:


Monday – Georgia reviewed WW2 naval thriller Jonah by Carl Rackman


Tuesday – Olga reviewed horror Freaky Franky by William Blackwell


Wednesday – Karen reviewed mystery The Maori Detective by D.A. Crossman


Thursday – I reviews romantic suspense Wild Card Undercover by Kari Lemor


Friday – Cathy reviewed vintage mystery A Clerical Error by J New


Saturday – Terry reviewed travel memoir Notes Of A Naive Traveler by Jennifer S Alderson

 Plus Links From The Blogosphere

Books which feature great senior characters whilst still being #YA

How accurate are Goodreads recommendations?

What are blog linkups all about?

Sunday Connection – Books We’ve Reviewed This Week, Plus Links To The Blogosphere #SundayBlogShare

On This Week’s Sunday Connection:


Monday – I reviewed WW2 Histfic The Secrets Between Us by Laura Madeleine


Tuesday Noelle reviewed Histfic The Likeness by Bill Kirton

Wednesday – Judith reviewed family memoir Castles In The Air by Allison Cubitt


Thursday – I reviewed romance Break The Line by Allison Mullinax


Friday – Shelley reviewed action thriller Savage Isle by Beverley Scherberger


And I reviewed Romcom The Single Girl’s Calendar by Erin Green


Saturday – Jenny R reviewed travel autobiography Living In Italy by Stef Smulders

Discussion post

Are you A Butterfly Reader?

Plus Links To The Blogosphere:

A look at Hybrid -publishers

Tips for character names

Indie friendly book reviewers


What Type Of Reader Are You? Discussion Post

Are you are a butterfly reader?

  • Do you have up to ten books on the go at any time?
  • Do you flutter from title to title?
  • Do you change your book according to your mood?

Why am I asking this?

I recently asked a friend what he was reading. He talked most enthusiastically about a recent library book haul and happily announced he was deep into reading ten different books. Ten! I asked if he struggled to pick up a particular storyline again after dipping into so many books, and my friend said he could easily compartmentalise his reading and enjoy multiple books at a time.

My own reading style

I read a lot, and sometimes have two, three or occasionally four books started at once, but four is my limit, and they have to be vastly different genres.  I might fancy something thought-provoking in the morning, but a bit of romantic escapism as a bed-time read—and I do find that each time I go to pick one up it still takes me some minutes to recall where I’d got to and what was happening.

I’m a natural multi-tasker

Like most women I am a multi-tasker; I can easily have several jobs going on at once.  But give me ten books to read and my mind would be totally scrambled.  I wouldn’t be able to give any one of them the attention (or concentration) it deserved.

Do you flit from bloom to bloom?

What about you? Can you switch from title to title with ease? Or do you prefer to immerse yourself in your current book, living in that world until it’s finished – and sometimes afterwards, too?