Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland



  • EBook: 231 pages
  • Genre : Chick Lit Humour
  • Publisher: Prospera 2011
  • Source: eBook provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
  • First Sentence : ‘Please not the Kumquat marmalade again’ Willow Watts whispered as an elderly lady beckoned with a spoonful of jelly.
  • Author’s Website Quote: One country girl is about to discover that fame can cost a fortune
  • A Favourite Quote: If there was one thing she’d learnt from this Marilyn fiasco, it was that if something was important, you had to fight for it.
  • My Opinion : Sparkly lively modern novel that will appeal to many.

    Well the date has arrived; tomorrow September 14th is the official launch day of Talli Roland’s much awaited second novel.  Talli is one of the new generation of writers that understands the importance of an online presence for an author. She certainly went to town with the launch of her debut novel   The Hating Game  clicking on the title will take you directly to the review I wrote last year. I said it in my last review but will say it again, Talli Roland is a very enterprising young woman that totally understands the importance of publicity. She made a successful job of promoting her last novel and I think that she will do so again this time. Readers who enjoyed her debut are in for a treat as within its genre she has written another sparkly lively modern novel that will appeal to many.  For fans of light humoured  and easily readable modern women's fiction, love stories with a happy ending than Talli Roland is a name to watch out for.

    Once again this young author has come up with an original story line, this time about a Marilyn Monroe look a like, who discovers by playing Marilyn that one of the most important things we learn in this life, is to be true to ourselves.

    Our heroine  gives her name to the novel and it starts as Willow leaves behind her successful London career as a florist to return to Belcherton, England’s ugliest village, to care for her recently-widowed father. Her life has become rather mundane helping her father in his struggling  antiques business. At the local village fete her best friend gets her to dress up as Marilyn Monroe, just for a bit of fun.  Before they know it someone has posted a video on You Tube and everything escalates out of control in double quick time as Marilyn mania takes over village life. Surrounded by a fascinating cast of characters including the ghastly Jay who becomes her agent, Willow totally embraces the character of Marilyn. To find out how this all works out for our heroine you will have to read the book for yourself.

    Having lived for many years in an English country village, some of the descriptions of the events and characters had me giggling at how well she has captured the essence.  Talli obviously has a tremendous sense of humour which has shown through in both of her novels so far. For her humour alone I recommend her writing to you, but even more so if you are a fan of chick lit style romantic fiction.

     Party Invite RSVP

    To launch Watching Willow Watts Talli is holding an online party. Here is an invitation from her to join in the fun tomorrow.

    'If I Could Be Anyone, I'd Be...' ! The idea is to come 'dressed' as that one person you've always admired, longed to impersonate, or just plain envied. Now is your chance to make your superhero, film-star, or Rock God fantasies come true! Why the dress up? In my novel, Willow's one-off Marilyn Monroe impression goes viral on YouTube, making her a star overnight.
    If you have a blog and you'd like to take part, all you need to do is post a photo of your chosen one (dead or alive) along with an explanation why you've picked that person.
    If you're on Twitter or Facebook, just post 'If I could be anyone, I'd be X' as your status, along with the hast-tag #watchingwillowwatts on Twitter (or tag me on FB so I know you've taken part). You'll be entered in a draw to win an Amazon gift certificate, Marilyn paraphernalia, or a copy of 'Watching Willow Watts'.

    Pop over here if you'd like to sign up and have your blog be visited by other participants, or just join in on the day: http://talliroland.blogspot.com/p/watchi...

    Uploaded by TalliRoland on Sep 12, 2011

      Marilyn Monroe

    Talli as Marilyn.       

    Talli as herself.

    Talli Roland
    About Talli

    Talli Roland has three loves in her life: chick lit, coffee and wine. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories – complete with happy endings. Her first novel, The Hating Game, was an Amazon UK best-seller, remaining in the top 100 for over two months.

    Talli Roland has an online presence in all the following places.

    WebLink to her Official Website

    Follow her on TwitterTalli Roland

    Read her blogTalli Roland

    Find her on Facebook and Goodreads

    You can read my review of her debut novel here and also watch two short videos starring Talli about The Hating Game and her writing on her Official Website.

    The Hating Game

    Her third novel entitled Build A Man is due out in December.

    With thanks to Talli Roland personally and her websites for the information used in this post. Wishing her all the best with the official launch of Watching Willow Watts.


    Ebook available now paperback November 30 2011.


    1. FABULOUS review for a fabulous lady. This is a lady to watch out for and I shall be one of the first to get her book.

    2. Thank you so much, LindyLou, for taking the time to read and review my books! I'm so happy you enjoyed 'Willow'.

      And thanks to Carol for her kind words!

    3. Carol@ Thanks and I absolutely agree, I think this second novel is even better than her debut.

      Talli@ It was a delight to read Talli, good luck for tomorrow.

    4. Great review! I cannot wait to buy this one. :)

    5. Great review! I loved The Hating Game and I'm really looking forward to reading Willow Watts.

    6. Alleged Author@,Susan Fields@And Ann@ Thanks for calling by on launch day, delighted you all enjoyed the review, hope you will find the book comes up to expectations. I think it will. :)

    7. I enjoyed Talli's last book, so I'm looking forward to reading this one when the paperback is released in November.

    8. Theresa@ I think if you enjoyed her début novel you will certainly enjoy this one as well, not too long to wait for the paperback release.

    9. Hi Lindy, another book to add to my TBR pile...it's about to topple over :-)

    10. Joanne@ I think you will enjoy this from your comments elsewhere. Sorry to be the cause of your TBR shelf toppling, you should see mine it is a mountain!


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