Thursday, 27 April 2017

Welcome contemporary romance author, Emily Mims...


Hi Emily! It's great to welcome you back to my blog - I'm looking forward to hearing more about you and your latest release, SMOKE. Wishing you much success and sales! Let's kick off with my questions...

1.)              What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why?  I offered tutoring in math from the time I was a senior in high school on through my early twenties, even after I was a full-time teacher.
2.)              Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it?  I sure do!  I get aggravated with people who, no matter what, look on the dark side of things and moan about doom and gloom.  Look around folks!  Life is wonderful!
3.)              Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or ___­­­_?  Most of the time it’s jeans-and-T-shirt casual (or Aloha-shirt-and-shorts casual when it’s warm).  For church and business I go for modern classic (interpretation: nice dress pants and a classic blouse) and I have been known to bling it up on occasion with rhinestones on my jacket.
4.)              Tell me about your book ‘Smoke’ and where you got your inspiration for it?  ‘Smoke’ is the second of my ‘Smoky Blue’ titles set in the world of Appalachian bluegrass and mountain music.  I wanted to do a ‘fish out of water’ story and figured that a classical violinist thrust into this world and playing this music was about as out of her comfort zone as I could imagine.
5.)              Who is your role model? Why?  Probably Nora Roberts.  She hasn’t let all the hype distract her from her writing and turns out an incredible number of quality stories every year.
6.)              How much of your book is realistic?  I don’t know how realistic the story is.  Do classical musicians and bluegrass musicians ever fall in love in real life?  I don’t know.  But a lot of the rest of it is.  I don’t play the fiddle, but I do play some of the other instruments depicted in the book.  The tunes Francesca learns to play are straight out of my mountain music loose-leaf, the festivals they attend are closely modelled on the ones I’ve attended, and the portrayal of Eastern Tennessee is pretty much what I’ve experienced on many visits with my grandchildren in Kingsport.
7.)              What are your ambitions for your writing career?  I want to keep on writing!  I have more plots in the works for Smoky Blue and then I would love to write another series, not sure where or what

8.)              Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people.  Between us, my husband and I own an even forty musical instruments.  We seem to have IAC (instrument acquisition syndrome) with a particularly bad case of UAC (ukulele acquisition syndrome with eighteen of those).

Smoke
by Emily Mims

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GENRE:   Romance/Romantic suspense

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BLURB:

A concert violinist and musical prodigy, Francesca Giordano is internationally acclaimed and always in the spotlight—right where she doesn’t want to be. Not after she’s witnessed a murder. Suddenly on the run, she finds her way to Bristol, Tennessee, and to the music club Acoustics. There, as “ Chessie Hope,” she can hide out in the open. But with this newest gig comes a different kind of danger. Older and impossibly sexy, bluegrass singer Cooper Barstow is everything she’s ever wanted in a man, and his daughters are just as easy to love. Yet Francesca cannot enjoy the luxury of such a relationship, not even if he could protect her from the men on her trail or if she could be honest with him about who she is. Cooper is as wounded as he is strong, and he needs someone who will stay by his side for the rest of his life. Just as Francesca does. And the smoke on the mountains and the haze of desire almost make her believe that could happen.


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EXCERPT

Cooper hit his front door and took the quickest shower on record.  Still, he was almost a half hour late by the time he pulled into Chessie’s driveway.  Hopefully she would understand.  He was about halfway across the yard when he heard music coming from somewhere inside the house.  He slowed down and stopped, listening in astonishment to the outpouring of a violin, a violin in the hands of an incredibly gifted musician.  Who was playing the violin?  Was Chessie a closet classical music fan?  Was that a recording, or was that Chessie herself making this incredible music?
           
Cooper glanced in the window and his mouth fell open.  It was Chessie.  She was standing in front of the window in her pink cotton robe, her fingers flying over the strings so fast they were a blur and her bow moving nimbly over the strings as she made that violin sing.  It was Chessie making that incredible music.  Music that Jake never in a million years could have made.  Music that he himself could never have made.  Music that required more talent and technique that she would ever need as a bluegrass fiddler.  Music that somehow seemed strangely familiar, even though he didn’t think he’d ever heard it before.  Cooper suddenly thought back to his initial reaction to her, the first time he heard her play.  He wondered then why a woman of her talent played bluegrass music.

Now he knew.  She didn’t play just bluegrass music.  She played classical music too.  And she played it wonderfully.

Chessie Hope was not the simple bluegrass musician she presented herself to be.

   

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author of thirty romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time.  The mother of two sons and grandmother of six, she and her husband Charles live in central Texas but frequently visit grandchildren in eastern Tennessee and Georgia.  She plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele and belongs to two performing bands.  She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them.  Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman-if she’ll just let it.”
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Excerpt tour for Find Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt...


The children trooped silently behind Harriet as she fumbled with the keys and then opened the door to number two. The smell of fresh paint and emptiness hit her like a smack in the face. It was the smell of fresh starts, and she didn’t want one.
She stepped inside, reaching for the lights. Although it was only four in the afternoon it was already getting dark, the skies heavy and low with gray clouds. Spring felt a long way off, despite the fact that it was mid-February, and the spattering of snowdrops interspersed with an early crocus or two that she’d seen on the drive in.
“This is it?” Mallory’s voice rang through the empty space, scornful and incredulous. William kicked at the skirting board, scuffing the pristine white paint. Chloe stuck her thumb in her mouth.
“Yes, this is it,” Harriet said, trying to pitch her tone somewhere between firm and bright. “It’s lovely, isn’t it?” And depressingly small, at least compared to their old house. Their real house. The downstairs was open plan, with a low counter separating the L-shaped living area from the kitchen, which had a tiny range compared to the Aga she’d left behind, and the bland blond wood units and black fake granite countertops made her miss her distressed oak cabinets and marble counters.
There was a woodstove and French windows overlooking a tiny scrap of garden, and built-in bookshelves that were nice enough, but… it was a far cry from what they’d had, the space and luxury and elegance. But, still. A house. A place to live. And they were together and healthy and she would do her damnedest to count what blessings she had left. Harriet took a deep breath.
“Let’s look at the upstairs.”
Silently the children followed her up the narrow stairs to a small landing with four doors leading off it to three bedrooms and a bathroom.
“William, this is yours,” Harriet said as she opened doors and started allocating rooms. “And Chloe and Mallory, this is yours—“
“Wait, what?” Mallory’s voice was an outraged screech. “I’m sharing a room… with Chloe?”
“There are only three bedrooms, Mallory,” Harriet said patiently. At least she hoped she sounded patient. “I told you before—“
“No. You didn’t.”
All right, maybe she hadn’t, because she was so tired and she’d wanted to avoid yet another confrontation. And everything with Mallory felt like a confrontation. Back at the Old Rectory, her daughter’s bedroom had been enormous with an ensuite bathroom and a walk-in closet that had its own window.
When Mallory had been younger she’d taken her duvet and curled up in the corner of her closet to read. Sometimes Harriet had joined her, snuggling under the duvet and reading from The Magic Faraway Tree. Those days seemed like a very long time ago. Harriet sighed.
“Plenty of children share bedrooms, Mallory. I know it’s different and difficult, but—“
“This sucks,” Mallory snapped, and stormed downstairs, the front door slamming behind her. Harriet’s body sagged. It did suck. She couldn’t argue with that. She couldn’t magic money out of thin air, either. This was their reality… until Richard found another high-flying job in finance. Which he would. He had to.

And as for them, their marriage… a pang hit her straight in the heart and she rubbed her chest. She’d been having anxiety attacks at night, when she’d climbed into bed, exhausted and yet wide-eyed. She’d lie there, staring at the ceiling, desperate to be asleep, as her heart raced and her palms went slick. It took a huge effort of will to try to calm herself down. She couldn’t think about her and Richard yet.
Blurb: Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

Harriet Lang had the perfect life, so she's left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double-mortgaged, her husband Richard’s been unceremoniously fired—and he’s become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant.

Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbor and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life--but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange and meanwhile her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible...

Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. She even starts to date sexy local vet Tom Roberts--but when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven—and what kind of future she is fighting for.




About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 40 books of women's fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England's Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women's fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.





Saturday, 22 April 2017

5 Of My Favourite Romantic Heroines...



     Scarlett O’Hara – Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gone With The Wind is one of my all-time favorite books (the only book I have read four times) and I often get into debates with my fellow romance readers/authors about Scarlett’s strength. Some find her too whiny and needy but, for me, she shows rather than verbalizes her strength. She overcomes horrors and difficulties that most of us (fortunately!) will only find in the pages of this wonderfully epic novel.

2)     Eve Dallas – In Death series by Nora Roberts

Lord, how I love Eve! If you haven’t tried the In Death series yet, make it your mission to start reading this amazing series this year. The books centre around Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her ongoing relationship with millionaire, Roarke (not sure if anyone knows if this is his first name or surname!) Each novel brings a new case for Eve to solve and usually involves Roarke or someone else she is close to in one way or another. There are a whopping 47 novels so far in the series…

3)     Elizabeth Bennett – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I don’t know a romance reader on the planet who hasn’t read Pride & Prejudice and, for me, it’s Elizabeth Bennett’s strength, integrity and passion which makes this novel continue to sell year after year. A timeless romance, hero and heroine that I predict will live in our hearts and the hearts of future generations for many years to come.

4)     Josie O’Casey – A Glimpse At Happiness by Jean Fullerton

A Glimpse At Happiness is one of my most favorite Victorian romances and the reason I started to write in the genre. Josie O’Casey is a wonderful example of what makes a strong heroine and how they overcome the poverty of their circumstances. This book is about love over adversity, hope over pessimism. A truly gorgeous book and a truly fantastic heroine.

5)     Lucky Santangelo – Jackie Collins


Although Jackie Collins’ books aren’t strictly romance, there is usually a central relationship in her super-sexy stories. I discovered the first book Lucky appears in (Chances) when I was barely into my teens and went on to devour all the books she’s featured in thereafter. A strong, feisty, no holds barred, kind of heroine who demands your attention from the very first page. Tremendous!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author, Linda Nightingale...



1.)                What did you want to be when you grew up?

I was never very clear on what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I’m still not very clear on the question.  As a child and later as an adult, I wanted to be an accomplished horsewoman. As an adult, I raised the bar to wanting to be able to ride high schooled horses, those that could passage, piaffe and Spanish walk.  I also wanted to be a writer from a very young age, wrote as a teenager, but then didn’t pick up my pen again until I was 40.  I was finally published in 2012.  So, now I am a writer.

2.)                Coffee, tea or hot chocolate? Coffee, please, Joe’s Tall, Dark and Handsome is very good.  I also like a nice cup of Earl Grey after the coffee, and have a pretty little teapot that goes with my dinnerware, Peacock Garden, by 222 Fifth.  They make dinnerware that is a little different.  In the evening, a nice glass of wine helps smooth off the rough edges of a bad day, right?

3.)                What genre do you typically read? I read most genres and also like biographies.  I’d probably have to say that my favorite genres are what I write—paranormal romance and dark fantasy. Why?  I like otherworldly settings and a extraordinary hero or heroine.  I like to play with the theme of immortality.


4.)                Share a favourite childhood memory.  The Andersonville River (before it was included in Hartwell Lake) was a favorite childhood haunt.  I loved climbing onto my dad’s back and jumping into the water.  He’d kneel on the sandy bottom and allow me to climb up.  He was always my hero.  I also liked to stick my head under the hood of a car while he was tinkering with one of ours.  Pretty much being anywhere he was.

5.)                Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes? At one time, it was Andalusian horses.  I had 13 when we were breeding these fairy tale horses, and I count myself very fortunate to have owned them.  Now, I’m hooked on bling Jewelry. Outragious CZ rings, necklaces, and I have become a big fan of charm bracelets.  My first one I bought to add the Texas State charm I won for winning the SARA Merritt award for I, Lucifer, which will soon be released by The Wild Rose Press as Gylded Wings.


6.)                What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?  My challenge with any book is the middle, where I stall before gaining momentum for the end. Unfortunately, I have been accused of rushing the ending.  So maybe sometimes that momentum needs to be reined in.

7.)                Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?  No, I write when the mood is right and when time allows.  I have to want to write to be able to achieve anything worthwhile.  Setting demands on myself doesn’t work very well.  Sometimes, like now, with my WIP, I wish I did plot and plan.


8.)                What are your thoughts on writing a book series? I love series, but I find them difficult.  You have to have a great memory or be very organized because of the plot points and character details that must be carried through the series.  I do have one vampire series: Sinners’ Opera, Sinners’ Obsession, and a companion book Cardinal Desires with some of the same characters. I have a prequel to about the hero Morgan D’Arcy in my computer but haven’t finished it because it is tied up with a publisher I’m no longer interested in working with.  Morgan is an English nobleman, a concert pianist, and a vampire.  Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody is an anthology of Morgan stories from The Wild Rose Press (not the above-mentioned publisher).

I haven’t mentioned Her General in Gray, my latest release, which is now available at:


Thanks for having us—my characters and me—on your blog today!!

Her General in Gray
by Linda Nightingale

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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BLURB:

Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.

John Sibley Allen died in battle from a wound in the back, the bullet fired by the turncoat, Beauregard Dudley. The traitor’s reincarnation is Autumn the Interloper’s first dinner guest. Sib bedevils her date and annoys her with fleeting, phantom touches, certain he can frighten her away as he did previous purchasers. As time marches on, her resident ghost becomes more appealing while her suitor, Beau, pales in comparison. Autumn finds her ability to love didn’t perish in the divorce that sent her south seeking a fresh start.

After over a century in the hereafter, Sib discovers he is falling for none other than the feisty Yankee girl, but what future could a modern woman and an old-fashioned ghost possibly hope for?

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EXCERPT

“Stand aside, spook.” Dudley marched into the room, made as if to push past him, but Sib stood his ground. Folding his hands in supplication, he begged the woman he’d wounded to understand. “God knows, Autumn, I didn’t mean to hurt you. The whole ugly thing is his fault.” His finger jutted at Sib. “If he hadn’t challenged me to a duel—”

Grabbing the other man by his knit shirt, Sib prepared to frog march him back the way he’d just come. “She doesn’t want to see you, Dudley. Your very presence is disturbing and harmful.”

“Let her be the judge of that.” Dudley tried to wrest free.

From the bed came a weak cry that froze them in place. “Stop it.  You’re both upsetting me. The two of you in one room mix as well as oil and water. Sib, leave. Beau, stay.”

Sib freed Dudley, turning to gape at Autumn. Why was she ordering him out, siding with, the traitor? The redhead dusted off his clothing and straightened his shirt. His triumphant expression tempted Sib to smash a fist into his mouth, wiping away his gloating smile.  Instead, he offered Autumn a quick bow.

“I’ll be outside the door if you need me.” Why had he given this stranger the power to so damage his feelings? Because she can call me into corporeality? Perhaps, being a ghost wasn’t as bad as he’d thought. That she should take his killer’s side hurt more than he believed possible.

She nodded, refusing to meet the question in his eyes.  He spun on his heel, walked calmly across the room, and closed the door without looking back.

But Sib left a vital part of his heart in that sickroom.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston.  She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.

Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award and the SARA Merritt.   She is the mother of two wonderful sons, a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Miata Club, and enjoys events with that car club.  Among her favorite things are her snazzy black convertible and her parlor grand piano.  She loves to dress up and host formal dinner parties.



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Linda Nightingale will be awarding Black Diamond Earrings and an eBook of Her General in Gray (International Giveaway) to one winner via rafflecopter, and a second winner will receive a digital choice of one of the author's backlist during the tour.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

COVER REVEAL! The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters by Jaimie Admans...



The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters Media Kit

Blurb: Where dreams come true…?

Wendy Clayton stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Instead, she has a ‘nice’ life. Nice job. Nice flat. Absolutely no men. Until her life is turned upside-down when her elderly neighbour, Eulalie, passes away and leaves her the Ch√Ęteau of Happily Ever Afters!

But there’s a catch: she must share the sprawling French castle with Eulalie’s long-lost nephew, Julian. And no matter how gorgeous he is, or how easily she finds herself falling head over heels, Wendy needs to find a way to get rid of him…

Because surely happily ever afters don’t happen in real life?


Escape to beautiful France this summer with this uplifting romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Kat French, Caroline Roberts and Holly Martin.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Introducing A Charmed Little Lie by Sharla Lovelace...


Spinning a story of a joyous marriage to make 

a dying woman happy is forgivable, isn’t it?





A CHARMED LITTLE LIE

Charmed in Texas #1

Sharla Lovelace

Releasing April 18th, 2017

Lyrical Shine



Lanie Barrett didn’t mean to lie. Spinning a story of a joyous marriage to make a
dying woman happy is forgivable, isn’t it? Lanie thinks so, especially since
her beloved Aunt Ruby would have been heartbroken to know the truth of her
niece’s sadly loveless, short-of-sparkling existence. Trouble is, according to
the will, Ruby didn’t quite buy Lanie’s tale. And to inherit the only house
Lanie ever really considered a home, she’ll have to bring her “husband” back to
Charmed, Texas for three whole months—or watch Aunt Ruby’s cozy nest go to her
weasel cousin, who will sell it to a condo developer.


Nick McKane is out of work, out of luck, and the spitting image of the man Lanie described.
He needs money for his daughter’s art school tuition, and Lanie needs a
convenient spouse. It’s a match made . . . well, not quite in heaven, but for a
temporary arrangement, it couldn’t be better. Except the longer Lanie and Nick
spend as husband and wife, the more the connection between them begins to seem
real. Maybe this modern fairy tale really could come true . . .






Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs.  She is the author of five stand-alone novels including the bestselling Don’t Let Go, the exciting Heart Of The Storm series, and the fun and sexy new Charmed in Texas series. 


For more about Sharla's books, visit www.sharlalovelace.com, and keep up with all her new book releases easily by subscribing to her newsletter.  She loves keeping up with her readers, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.






Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Victorian era…why I love it


Her One True Love is my fourth Victorian romance with eKensington/Lyrical Press. I adore the Victorian era because so much more than the potential for romance inspires me from that time.

All my Victorian romances are set in and around the famous city of Bath, England––which is just a short thirty minute drive from where I live. During the late 19th century, there were many social, economical, industrial and even sexual changes happening. The first whispers of the women’s revolution had begun to circulate…not that many men noticed until around 1903 when The Women’s Social and Political Union was founded.

The leaders and supporters of the group began to cause a stir––marching and petitioning for their right to vote. This is marked as a hugely significant and respected time for women. Men had no choice but to sit up and take notice.

But the actual change in women and how they were viewed started years before the press and public were forced to listen to what they had to say.

The battle for young women to have a happy home, work and social life was a hard one and it is the dilemmas they faced that I love to explore. Each of us is faced with temptations (or decisions) every day and I, for one, am guilty of too often making the easy, expected, even socially acceptable, choices.

My books tend to be about the women who do the exact opposite. What better way to earn a living than to create a woman you would like to be? Someone whom you admire and want to see succeed in her chosen vocation, romance or spiritually satisfying path?

Her One True Love centres around Jane, whose story began in my third Victorian romance, What A Woman Desires. Even though both books can be read stand-alone, whenever Jane appeared on the page, I knew she deserved her own story.

Jane has been a dutiful daughter to her overbearing parents for many years, but when the story opens they have both passed and the family’s estate is being ran by Jane’s sister and her husband.

The time for Jane to finally break free is now. With a raw, unrequited heartbreak fuelling her need to leave her small village of Biddestone, Jane heads to Bath to seek her true destiny…

I love writing flawed, complex but ultimately, deeply emotional women striving for more. I hope you like to read about them too!

Her One True Love blurb & buy links:

She Can't Forget Him…

Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind…

He Can't Let Her Go…

Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?..