Friday, 11 November 2016

Blog Tour: It's Not You, It's Them by Portia MacIntosh

An irresistible, feel-good romance, perfect for fans of Rosie Blake, Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.
First comes love. Then comes family…
After a lifetime of kissing frogs, Roxie Pratt has given up on finding her own fairytale romance. That is, until she meets her very own Prince Charming, Mark Wright, and he sweeps Roxie off her feet!
So when Mark finally gets down on one knee and pops the question, there’s only one thing left to do: meet the family! And when everything has been picture-perfect so far, what could possibly go wrong…?

It's Not You, It's Me starts off with a road trip. Here's Portia's advice for a successful journey!

Things you need consider before a road trip.
I have been on a lot of road trips this year, so when I was writing It’s Not You, It’s Them – a story which starts with a long car journey – I knew exactly what my characters were going through.

First up, you’ll need supplies. Not just food and water, but things like tissues too. I recently read a list of foods that you shouldn’t eat on car journeys, and it excluded everything awesome. I like to take sweets, water and make stops for warm drinks when I can… the only problem there is that with more drinks comes more bathroom breaks. If you think you need to pee when you see a sign for services in 2 miles, go, because I guarantee as soon as you pass it and see that the next services are 12 miles away; that is much longer to hold it.

You need to make sure you’re a good navigator, if that’s your job. Satnavs are great, but they can be just as stressful as maps. Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, make sure you know which way you’re supposed to be going.

Another thing to consider is that things are going to get pretty boring, pretty quickly. If you’re in charge of the music, play something that everyone likes – and make sure it suits the mood. If your driver is stressed, put soothing music on, but if your driver is feeling a little tired, lively music is best – although remember to take regular breaks.

One of the best ways to cure boredom is to play games. If I Spy is a little too childhood for you, then maybe you could play one of the games in It’s Not You, It’s Them. Would You Rather is a game where you give a player two choices, and they have to pick which one they would prefer, for example: would you rather live in a house decorated by a Star Wars fanatic for the rest of your life, or give your baby the middle name Yoda? Kiss, Marry, Kill and Truth or Dare are other great car games – although that latter can cause trouble, so play wisely.

Wherever you’re going, make sure you’re wrapped up warm if it’s cold, and dress in cool clothing if it’s warm. And wherever you end up, have an awesome time!

It's Not You, It's Them was published on 4th November by Harper Collins

Author Info:
Portia MacIntosh has been 'making stuff up' for as long as she can remember - or so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or, most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales. After years working as a music journalist, Portia decided it was time to use her powers for good and started writing novels. Taking inspiration from her experiences on tour with bands, the real struggle of dating in your twenties and just trying to survive as an adult human female generally, Portia writes about what it's really like for women who don't find this life stuff as easy as it seems.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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