Blog Tour: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

I am so happy to be part of this blog tour, today Jasmine shares her influences on writing this book & I have my review of this fantastic book. Thank you Jasmine!
Jasmine on her influences when writing ‘My Heart and Other Black Holes’
As I state in the Author’s Note in the back of My Heart and Other Black Holes, I began to write the book in January 2013, a few days after the death of one of my very closest friends. I found myself in a place of deep grief and working almost compulsively on the manuscript was one of the ways in which I dealt with those feelings. And while the manuscript is a complete work of fiction (in no way based on me, my friend, or anyone else I know), I do think my own personal grief served as a chief inspiration.

A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon

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Letters from the only man she’s ever loved.
 
A keepsake of the father she never knew.
 
Or just a beautiful glass vase that catches the light, even on a grey day.
 
If you had the chance to make a fresh start, what would you keep from your old life? What would you give away?
 
Gina Bellamy is starting again, after a difficult few years she’d rather forget. But the belongings she’s treasured for so long just don’t seem to fit who she is now.
 
So Gina makes a resolution. She’ll keep just a hundred special items – the rest can go.
 
But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring…

The Art of Blind Baking by Sarah Vaughn

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There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to perfect. But often we bake to fill a hunger that would be better filled by a simple gesture from a dear one. We bake to love and be loved.
 
In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookery writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes.Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the New Mrs Eaden. There’s Jenny, facing an empty nest now her family has flown; Claire, who has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Mike, trying to parent his two kids after his wife’s death; Vicki, who has dropped everything to be at home with her baby boy; and Karen, perfect Karen, who knows what it’s like to have nothing and is determined her façade shouldn’t slip.
 
As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest choux bun seems the least of the contestants’ problems. For they will learn – as Mrs Eaden did before them – that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it’s very much harder in life.

A Proper Family Holiday by Chrissie Manby

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Could you survive a week-long holiday with your entire family?

Newly single magazine journalist Chelsea Benson can’t think of anything worse.

Your grubby small nephew torpedoing any chance of romance with the dishy guy you met on the plane . . .
Your eighty-five-year-old granddad chatting up ladies at the hotel bar . . .
Getting nothing but sarcastic comments from your older sister, who’s always been the family favourite . . .
And all this is before your parents drop their bombshell.

Is a week enough time for the Bensons to put their differences aside and have some fun? Or is this their last ever proper family holiday?