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The Cocktail Bar bannerJoining the blog tour today for The Cocktail Bar, the new release from Isabella May, author of Oh! What a Pavlova!

 Here’s the book blurb

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.
Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.
But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.
Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…

Now meet River Jackson…

A Day In the Life of RIVER JACKSON

River can usually be found propping up The Cocktail Bar (the unimaginative… or perhaps ingenious?) name of his brand new bar in Glastonbury high street.

But River is no cardboard cookie (or cardboard Cosmopolitan) bartender. Besides the usual chores that come with overseeing a brand new business, he is constantly conjuring up creative and unconventional infusions and mixes to keep the locals on their toes.

On the run

Actually, all of this would be a little more accurate had River not previously been front man for an indie rock band.

He is also cowering in desperation that the media – and Lennie… his former band manager, from whom he is incidentally on the run – won’t find him.

River’s days are spent with the two women who make up his unintentional love triangle: Georgina and Alice. His mother, Heather is also a regular at the bar, as are Lord and Lady Rigby-Chandler (a couple of down on their luck toffs who are bribing him for free cocktails).

Instant hit

His ex-school mate, Lee, is also, slowly but surely visiting River’s watering hole with the frequency of a zebra.

And with the growing popularity of Book Club night and the Travel Group, who both meet on the premises for hearty discussion over a Brandy Alexander, there’s definitely less time to stand about idly twiddling his thumbs.

Still, he’s frustrated by the pace of his new business, which he’d always assumed would provide an instant hit of joy.


But he refuses to bend his rule: Two cocktails maximum per customer per evening… which could have more than a little something to do with the fleeting footfall – and profit.

But River’s passion for the correct degustation of a cocktail far outweighs popular opinion.

Besides, Mercedes from Mexico has entrusted him with a bottle of magical elixir; a mysterious clear liquid which will change the lives of ‘The Chosen Three’, enveloping the whole of Glastonbury in a magic which will apparently, in the words of the elderly sage: ‘spread like wildfire’…

Available to buy on Amazon.