Saved By The Firefighter Blog Tour

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Introducing Embrace Me by Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers...













Return to the dangerous and seductive romance 


that got pulses racing in the Chasing Fire trilogy...










EMBRACE ME


A Chasing Fire Novella (#3.5)


Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers


Releasing September 20th, 2016


Berkley Intermix











Hudson Chase and Alessandra Sinclair's heartracing romance continues in this hot, new novella in the Chasing Fire series.

Return to the dangerous and seductive romance that got pulses racing in the Chasing Fire trilogy...


It took ten years for Hudson Chase and Alessandra Sinclair to find their happily ever after, and they’re not about to let anything get in their way...

Nothing could stop the passion between Allie and Hudson—not time or distance. Not even tragedy, betrayal, and blackmail. But now they’re facing a new challenge: wedding planning. And while Allie’s social status demands she put on the event of the century, her well-intentioned family and friends have her doubting her walk down the aisle...

Hudson knows tensions are pushing Allie to the brink, but he’s not letting her throw everything away over some flowers and cake. He has plans for his new bride, and unlike their last adventure, he's determined that this time there will be no unwelcome surprises. But for all his determination and control, there’s one element Hudson Chase has never been able to predict—and she has some adventurous ideas of her own...







Praise for the Chasing Fire trilogy





"Exceptional...Seriously sexy and
sinfully steamy. Can't wait for more from this writing duo!"--New York
Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me





"Walker and Rogers strike the
perfect balance between blistering physical desire and heartfelt
connections..."--RT Book Review  





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Though thousands of miles apart, Ann
Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers are in constant contact, plotting story lines
and chatting about their love of alpha males, lemon drop martinis and British
supermodel, David Gandy. You can find them on twitter as @AnnMarie_Walker and
@Amy_KRogers. 













Amy K. Rogers










Ann Marie Walker









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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Introducing Crushing On Love by Melissa Foster...









A Sexy Mountain Man with a BIG Ax....Meet "Grizz"!










CRUSHING ON LOVE


The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor #4


Melissa Foster


Releasing Sept 21st, 2016


World Literary Press







Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance.

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?






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Melissa
Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling
and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary
romance, new adult romance, and women's fiction with emotionally compelling
characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's
emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family
oriented. 















Saturday, 24 September 2016

My Monthly Book Review...



This month's review is of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

I don't even know where to begin with my review of this fabulously written, fabulously moving story. Inspired by real-life trailblazing woman Sarah Grimke, The Invention of Wings, is a sweeping tale told between Sarah's point of view and that of her slave girl, Hetty "Handful". When Sarah becomes of age, Sarah is 'gifted' Hetty for her birthday and as much as Sarah fights against owning Hetty, her parents insist.

Thus begins a tale of a reluctant slave-owner and a young slave who dreams of freedom and a world beyond the rich Grimke home. Sue Monk Kidd writes each point of view with beauty, poignancy and heart-wrenching emotion. I was gripped from beginning to end, immersed in the story and the lives of this amazing women. I also spent a lot of time wondering if I would ever write so beautifully or skilfully.

This epic story spans many years and has a cast of characters, in addition to the protagonists, who each touch the reader. My admiration and empathy for each and every character grew with each and every page. A truly, wonderful book that I cannot recommend highly enough.

Superb...

Rachel x

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Welcome historical romance author, Vonnie Hughes...



THE REGENCY ERA

The internet is over-burdened with writers marketing their wares. And I’m adding to the general plethora out there. But hear me out.

I’ve been writing Regencies for eighteen years now and getting them published. Now my three main publishers have closed their doors, I have joined the endless queue of self-published authors. So many of us out here jostling for position like mid-field marathoners. The chances are you’ll never hear my plea. But I’m chucking this out there in the anorexic hope that you just might read this. Perhaps you have nothing better to do.

I hope you’re one of the many readers who like historicals, and in particular, the Regency era. It was such a short period in Britain’s history, but has given rise to many things such as the development of canals (as trade with its trading partners hotted up with the imprisonment of Napoleon, freeing up trade routes and resulting in large numbers of goods that needed to be transported all over England), the Royal Astronomical Society was founded, the early prototype of the bicycle, the development of the railway system, the Act of Union with Ireland in 1801 etc. All this is from the British point of view. Elsewhere, in the USA, Whitney came up with the principle of manufacturing interchangeable parts as pertaining to firearms. The statue of the Venus de Milo was discovered in Greece (1820) and so it goes on.

So in spite of many Regencies persuading you that it was all about Almacks and dukes, the Regency era was actually a time on the cusp of great changes, not just in Britain but all over the world. Minds were opening up, no longer relying on the dogma of ages past.
In 1814 The Times adopted steam printing. By this method it could now print 1,100 sheets every hour, not 200 as before—a fivefold increase in production capability and demand.  This development brought about the rise of the wildly popular fashionable novels.
The Regency is also noted for its achievements in the fine arts and architecture (Nash springs to mind, and remember that striped wallpaper known as ‘Regency’?) This era encompassed a time of great social, political, and economic change that shaped and altered the societal structure of Britain as a whole. Remember that in London alone, the population increased from just under a million in 1801 to one and a quarter million by 1820.
One of the reasons that the arts flourished during this era was because of the patronage of ‘Prinny’, the fat and at times ridiculous Prince of Wales. We might laugh at him, but it’s thanks to him that the development of British architecture flourished, even if his schemes often left the common people paying for his over-the-top designs.

The Regency era opened up the market for many authors including Sir Walter Scott, Maria Edgeworth, Mary Shelley (who incorporated the general mistrust of science during the earlier part of the Regency era), John Keats and William Blake. Then there were the playwrights and artists…the list goes on and on to confirm how minds began open to new possibilities during that time.
Oh yes, there was a lot more to the Regency period than those autocratic dukes and the patronesses at Almacks!
My latest Regency historical is a re-release called Mr. Monfort’s Marriage wherein a chivalrous businessman who is not overly fond of the aristocracy finds himself married to an earl’s daughter. She teaches him about noblesse oblige, courage and joie de vivre, and he teaches her…all sorts of things!

Mr. Monfort’s Marriage:
My Amazon bookpage is here:

Vonnie Hughes





Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Welcome romantic comedy author, Jessica Redland...


1.)              What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why?
My very first job was an Avon Rep. I did this when I was aged 15-18. My round was the area where I lived and I absolutely loved doing it. I made quite a bit of money and used to have such fun organising the orders. I had to stop doing it as I moved away to university

2.)              Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it?
I have several! My biggest ones are driving-related and include drivers who:
·        Never use their indicators
·        Don’t give you a thank you wave when you’ve let them out/waited for them to pass when it isn’t their right of way
·        Steal your parking space when it’s clear you’re waiting and indicating
·        Drive through red lights, especially on a pelican crossing
·        Park on the zigzag lines outside school or any other no-stopping zones
·        Crawl along then just stop without warning (again, not using indicators)
I could go on!!! My other big pet peeve is spitting. There’s absolutely no need for it. Grr ;-)


3.)              Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or ___­­­_?
Ha ha ha. I don’t have any sort of style!!! If we’re talking clothing, I’d describe my style as comfortable (leggings and stretchy dresses). If we’re talking my house, it’s probably cosy … and a bit messy!

4.)              Tell me about your book, Dreaming About Daran, and where you got your inspiration for it?
Dreaming About Daran is the final part of a trilogy set in the fictional North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitsborough Bay. Part 1, Searching for Steven, was inspired by a true-life event. I was at a bit of a crossroads in my personal life and my career when a friend gave me a gift voucher for a telephone clairvoyant. It’s not really my thing, but I decided to give it a go. The clairvoyant told me that I’d be leaving work to set up my own business (which I did) and that, shortly after moving back to the north (which I did), I’d meet the man of my dreams called Steven. Which I didn’t. However, it inspired a great premise for a story: what if the protagonist was told that the man of her dreams would be called Steven and she became obsessed by that idea.

In Steven, my protagonist, Sarah, has two best friends: Elise who she’s known since primary school and Clare who she met at university. As I wrote Sarah’s story, it became apparent that Elise and Clare had their own stories to tell, so the trilogy was born.

Part 2, Getting Over Gary, is Elise’s story. It picks up exactly where Steven leaves off, with Sarah getting her HEA as Elise’s marriage falls apart. Dreaming About Daran, which came out last month, is Clare’s story in which she confronts a past she’s kept hidden for seventeen years.

Although Steven was inspired by a real-life event, Gary and Daran are purely from the depths of my imagination.

5.)              Who is your role model? Why?.
That’s an interesting question … without an interesting answer. I can’t say I have a role model. There are writers whose work I love like Jill Mansell, Lisa Jewell, Marian Keyes and Alexandra Potter, but I wouldn’t say I know enough about them as individuals to call them role models. The first romcom book I read was by Jill Mansell and she was responsible for making me discover and fall in love with that genre.

6.)              How much of your book is realistic?
I write about ordinary people doing ordinary jobs and living in ordinary places. For example, Sarah runs a florist shop, Elise works in a comprehensive school, and Clare works in PR. The situations they face are realistic and explore secrets and lies, love lost and love found, hopes and fears, and changes in friendship. I think most readers can relate to a lot of what the three women go through.

7.)              What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Number 1 bestseller, Oscar-winning film, and world domination, of course! Realistically, I’d like to write at least one book a year and perhaps crack the top 100 on Amazon at some point in the next couple of years. Pretty please!

8.)              Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people.


In my late teens to late twenties, I was pretty adventurous. During that time I went parasailing, parascending, bungee-jumping and took part in various other outdoor challenges like climbing, abseiling, zorbing, gorge-walking. I absolutely wouldn’t have the confidence – or the waistline – to do most of those things now.

Dreaming About Daran

Blurb & Tagline


Tagline
Where do you go when it's your own past you're running from?
Blurb
Sometimes, you can run from the past, but you can’t hide. Since the age of sixteen, Clare O’Connell has lived her life by four strict rules:
1.      Don’t talk about Ireland
2.      Don’t think about Ireland
3.      Don’t go to Ireland
4.      Never let anyone in
And so far, it’s worked well. She’s got a great career, some amazing friends, and she’s really happy. The future’s all that counts, isn’t it?
However, when her boss insists she travels to Ireland to repair a damaged relationship with a key client, Clare finds herself drawn back to the small village of Ballykielty where she comes face to face with the one person she’d hoped never, ever to see again.
With the door to her past now wide open, the first three rules have gone out of the window. Can Clare stick to rule number four?
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