Saturday, 24 January 2015

Diving into the world of book trailers...

I'm currently writing my fifteenth novel so to say I am only just starting with this writing thing would be an understatement...not to mention all the other novellas and short stories I've written! However, as much as I've learned and tried over the years, it is only this past week or so that I've dipped my toe into the world of book trailers.

Until now, I have never paid someone to create a trailer, nor attempted it myself - just the thought of trying sent me whimpering into a corner. I am a techno-dumbass!

So when an author friend told me I will find making a trailer easy once I got started, I was sceptical to say the least, but try I did. I am thrilled with the results!

Today, I am showcasing my two trailers here in case you missed them on my Twitter & FB pages - hope you enjoy them! Any feedback will be welcomed for next time :D

Trailer for the Templeton Cove Series (Harlequin Superromance)

Trailer for What A Woman Desires - Victorian Romance (eKensington)

Have a great weekend!

Love,

Rachel x

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Welcome contemporary romance author, Debra Andrews...

Disguised with the Millionaire
by Debra Andrews

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BLURB:

She came to the company to find a Killer

Kate Meyers finds herself grief stricken after the news of her brother’s death at a construction site owned by the wealthy Trent Farrington. After speculation of faulty equipment and wrongdoing, the police eventually clear his company. Kate takes it upon herself to find whoever was the hand behind her brother’s demise and lands a job with the Florida Corporation to do her own investigation. When she meets Trent, Kate instantly dislikes and distrusts the strikingly handsome millionaire and thinks he's involved. She can’t wait to get evidence against him. Her greatest pleasure would be to see him pay for what he’s done—behind bars.

Trent Farrington finds himself intrigued by the company’s newest employee, but previous bad experiences with women have taught him to be cautious. However, he is drawn to the alluring beauty, but he’s puzzled that she seems to hate him for some unknown reason. He’s used to women throwing themselves at him, and her attitude shocks him and is refreshing all at the same time.

While Kate searches for the evidence to implicate Trent, she has to work closely with him.  However, the information she uncovers isn’t exactly adding up against him. She dislikes how her traitorous body reacts whenever he is near, although he appears to enjoy her reaction immensely. She vows to leave the company as soon as she collects the evidence, but she soon learns nothing is as it seemed… Whoever is involved might be an outright killer!


EXCERPT

“Do you ever take off those glasses, Kate?” Her heartbeat quickened at the huskiness in his voice. His tone did incredible things to her insides.

“At night.” She swallowed to relieve her dry throat. “I take my glasses off at night.”

He ran his hand up her arm, sending tingles through her. “Some night, I’d like to see your eyes, minus the glasses.”

Alarm bells clanged inside Kate. “Impossible. We work together, so anything between us other than a professional engagement is definitely out of bounds.”

“Business be damned. What the hell are you afraid of?”

His gaze dropped to her mouth. Excitement roared through her.

She licked her lips. “I only like working for you, as a part of your staff, Mr. Farrington,” she said nervously.

“Call me Trent—and I don’t believe you really mean that.” He placed his hand on the back of her head and traced lazy circles with his thumb on her ear, then he lowered his lips to hers and kissed her senseless.

Too weak to resist him, she melted into his embrace and lifted her hand to his cheek. His hand rested on her hip. Kate moaned at the sensations from his kiss. He called her back to reality by raising his lips from hers. She gasped.

“That’s how much you like me in a business sense, Kate.”

“But we work together,” she whispered. She ran her tongue over her lips, while taking a step back from him.

“It’s inevitable…”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Debra Andrews has loved reading and making up stories since she was a child so it was only natural that she tried her hand at writing. She writes "Glitzy, Sexy, Romances with a Dangerous Twist." When she is not writing, she's enjoying her family and pets. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA Chapter.                                                                        

Her first book in the Dangerous Millionaires Series (All books can be read as standalones and are contemporary romantic-suspense with mystery and humorous elements) is "DANGEROUS PARADISE" which was published in November 2012 and is a 2012 National Readers' Choice Awards Finalist in Romantic Suspense, and The Romance Reviews 5-star, Top Pick.

Her second release in the series is "DISGUISED WITH THE MILLIONAIRE" which was released September 15, 2014.

The third scheduled release in the series is "DANGEROUS WEEKEND WEDDING" (working title), and planned for Early 2015.

DANGEROUS MILLIONAIRES SERIES:
Dangerous Paradise
Disguised with the Millionaire
Dangerous Weekend Wedding (working title, not released)


THE AUTHOR WILL BE GIVING AWAY: 

$20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner.
Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/11/blurb-blitz-disguised-with-millionaire.html
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Welcome multi-published romance author, Cora Seton...


The Marine’s E-Mail Order Bride
by Cora Seton

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BLURB:

If Gunnery Sergeant Zane Hall wants to save his family’s ranch, he’ll need to fix up the buildings, stock the spread with cattle—and find a wife. The first two are easy with the help of his brothers, but getting hitched is proving more difficult. When he meets mountaineer Kenna North through an online ad, she seems like the perfect fit—at least in her e-mails. She wants the same thing he does: a temporary marriage to secure an inheritance. But when Zane meets Kenna, she’s nothing like he expects, and Zane finds himself changing his priorities, fast.

If Storm Willow wants to save her family’s seaside cottage, she’ll have to keep her boss happy—which means taking Kenna’s place and marrying Zane when Kenna is detained out of the country.  As long as Storm acts her part, no one will know that she’s an imposter. But when she falls for the handsome Marine, Storm begins to wonder if holding onto the cottage is worth giving up on love.

Can a fake marriage lead to real happiness? Or is disaster just a heartbeat away?


EXCERPT

 “Kenna’s paying me thirty grand.” She waited a beat. Just like she’d thought, the sum silenced her mother.

“For pretending to be her for six weeks?”

“That’s right. She’ll get her inheritance, Zane will get his. They’ll divorce in April with no one the wiser.”

She could almost see the cogs turn in her mother’s brain. “I guess if no one is being hurt by the deception…”

“No one’s going to get hurt.” Even as she said it she knew it for the lie it was. She was going to get hurt—bad. When the time came to split from Zane, she didn’t know what she’d do.

“Well… do what you think is best.”

Storm rolled her eyes at her mother’s attempt to remove herself from any blame. “I will.” She couldn’t keep the edge from her voice. She was doing this to save Cheyenne’s house, after all. Her mother could have sold it at any time and they’d all be far better off than they were right now. Zane wouldn’t think she was Kenna, for one thing.

Of course she’d never have met him, either.

“Keep me posted. And Storm—”

“Yes?”

“Don’t fall for this man, whoever he is. Remember it’s a fake, and remember you don’t belong in Montana. We need you back home with us when this is all over.”

“Got it, Mom. ‘Bye.” She hung up, unable to stay on the line any longer. She didn’t want to think about leaving Chance Creek. In six short weeks this would all be over and she’d take a plane back to California, leaving Zane behind forever. Of course Cheyenne wanted her to come home. She was a built in baby-sitter, wage-earner and housekeeper all in one. What about what she wanted, though? When would she ever stop being Cheyenne’s daughter or Kenna’s assistant and start her life as an independent woman? A woman free to marry a man like Zane?

She thought of the balance remaining on the cottage’s mortgage.

Maybe in another twenty years.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel. Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!










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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Welcome Harper Impulse author, Zara Stoneley...




 Welcome to my blog, Zara! Looking forward to finding out more about you and your work - let's get started with my interview...

1.    What do you wish men understood about women? 

It’s probably better if we remain a mystery! Okay, sometimes the differences between men and women can drive me round the bend, but everybody is different, aren’t they? I’ve always worked in male dominated jobs (until now) – at school I studied maths and sciences at ‘A’ level, and so was surrounded by boys, then at University I went for Computer Science and was one of four females, and then I worked in IT. I love men, I like working with men – although I’ve never quite got their fascination with gadgets and spreadsheets, just like they probably don’t get a lot of women things!

2.    Do you only work on one book at a time? 

Usually. The books I’m working on at the moment have lots of characters and are quite complex to plan as there are so many different strands to tie in together. I couldn’t cope with another book at the same time! Although at the end of last year I did break off from writing my current book for a while as I was asked to contribute to a Movember charity anthology.

3.    Who is your favorite fictional couple? 

That’s a tricky one! I like any couple that spark off each other, and can make each other laugh. I used to watch a TV programme called ‘Moonlighting’ years ago (anybody remember it?) – and I loved Maddie and David J

4.    Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life? 

Live and let live. I hate the idea that people think they can dictate how somebody else should live their life, and people can be so judgmental and critical – we owe it to ourselves to try and live the life we want, and chase our dreams, even if not everybody else agrees with them. I’m lucky in that my OH is a ‘go for it’ type of guy, if I believe in something then he’ll support me, however batty I might seem!

5.    Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day? 

I try to write at least a small amount each day, but I do have other commitments so Monday and Thursday are my main writing days. I do set a goal at the beginning of the week as deadlines soon creep up! I aim for a minimum of 5000 words in a week, but if I know I’ve got a fairly interruption free week I’ll go for 10,000. Some weeks though I spend more time on planning and so the actual word count is much lower – it does really depend on where I’m up to in the book, and what else is going on!

6.  What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why? 

At the moment I’m spending more time on Facebook, but I tend to switch between the two – a few months ago I spent far more time on Twitter! Twitter can seem a bit ‘hit and run’ at times, FB can be more chilled and chatty. I’ve just signed up for Tsu, but it’s still a bit of a mystery to me.

7.    What are you working on now? 

Right now I’m putting the finishing touches to the follow up book to Stable Mates. It’s called ‘Country Affairs’ and will be published in May. Lottie’s life gets even more complicated when she’s called on to shoulder her family responsibilities – and an unexpected visitor comes to Tippermere (and he’s very dishy!).




Press Kit
Stable Mates by Zara Stoneley

‘Fans of Fiona Walker will love this book’ - ThatThingSheReads

Welcome to tranquil Tippermere, an idyllic village nestled deep in the Cheshire countryside. Home to lords and ladies, horsemen and farmers, and plenty of secrets and scandals…

Leaving a scumbag ex behind her, Lottie Brinkley has hotfooted it out of Spain and back home to the country in serious need of some flirtatious fun to soothe her aching heart.

Luckily for her she’s spoilt for choice with not one but three eligible bachelors offering a steamy romp in the hay! But faced with the attentions of roguish eventer Rory Steel, the smiling Irish eyes of hunky farrier Mick O’Neal, and mysterious newcomer Tom Strachan, how can she possibly choose?

When billionaire landowner Marcus James drops dead unexpectedly, his WAGish wife Amanda threatens to sell the heart of the village and sets her sights on Tom! It seems things are heating up for little Tippermere… both in and out of the saddle.

What readers are saying …
'A delightful romp peppered with humour, sadness, scandal and steamy sex.'

'...reminded me of Jilly Cooper whose books I grew up with. Stable Mates is up there with Riders and Rivals. If you loved these books then you will love this one'

'...the perfect mix of horsey shenanigans, Cheshire glamour and flirty fun.’

Author Bio
Bestselling author Zara Stoneley lives in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When she’s not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in her sexy high heels or green wellies, she can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas!
Zara writes hot romance and bonkbusters. Her latest novel, ‘Stable Mates’, is a fun romp through the Cheshire countryside and combines some of her greatest loves – horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!
She writes for Harper Collins and Accent Press.
Author Links
Find out more about Zara:
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Buy Links
Amazon       Barnes & Noble      Kobo   Foyles  Waterstones  
Sainsbury’s      Google Play        iTunes    Blackwells



The giveaway for the tour is 1 signed paperback (uk only) and 1 ecopy (international). 

Giveaway Codes


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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Welcome contemporary romance author, Andrea Simonne...


Hi Andrea! Great to have you here and to be a part of your ongoing tour - I'm looking forward to learning more about you and your work. Let's get started...

1)   Did you set any goals for 2015?

I love New Year’s Resolutions. It’s like getting a clean slate to wipe away all past failures. I tend to make a lot of resolutions every year, most of which I completely ignore! A few of them will stick though. One year I made a resolution to wear more cute shoes. That sounds funny, I know, but it was one of the best resolutions ever. People, even guy friends, were sending me pictures of shoes, shoe ads, etc. all year long. Everyone got into it! 

My writing goals for 2015 are mostly to do with my new series Sweet Life in Seattle. The first book Year of Living Blonde is coming out next month and then I have two more books coming out in that same series later this year.

Fire Down Below is a stand-alone, but I keep having ideas for a book about one of the minor characters (the gorgeous, but cold Nina) so she might get her own book too. We’ll see!



2)   How long does it take you to write a 50,000-60,000 word manuscript?        

Forever. Lol! I’m a slow writer and I write long books. My average word count is about 130,000 words. Fire Down Below was even longer, but I cut ruthlessly during editing. I did NaNoWriMo successfully a couple of years ago where I tried writing as fast as I could without editing anything (that’s why I’m so slow, I edit like crazy.) It was an interesting experiment. I basically wrote 50,000 words of garbage! I know for some people that fast stream-of-conscious kind of writing really works, but apparently I’m not one of them. Interestingly, word sprints do work for me. As long as they’re short, and as long as I can go back and tinker with things before the next sprint.




3)   Tell us about a new author you’ve recently discovered.

George R.R. Martin. A friend of my husband’s loaned us the Game of Thrones HBO series a few months ago and we were immediately addicted. I finally understand what all the fuss is about. As a result, I started reading the books and they are fantastic, even better than the show. He’s a really imaginative writer and every character has something that draws you in. The Khaleesi is my absolute favorite. Love her!

4)   Name two romances you’ve read more than once.

I started reading romance years ago when a friend at work loaned me a copy of Robin Shone’s The Lady’s Tutor. I remember finishing it, and then going back to page one to read it all over again. Laura Lee Guhrke is a favorite author of mine. I think all her books are great, but And Then He Kissed Her is one of the books I’d want with me if I were stranded on a desert island.

5)   Tell us about your first car
My first car was a blue Renault LeCar. I think it cost ten bucks to fill my gas tank. It had a manual transmission and a groovy little sunroof. Unfortunately, it didn’t hold up well. The head gasket cracked after only about a year.

6)   Tell us something you’ve lied about?

I seldom lie. I’m sort of pathologically honest, which has its good and bad points. The good thing is I never have to worry about being caught in a lie. The bad thing is if you ask me if those pants make you look fat, I’ll tell you the truth. (So don’t ask, unless you really want to know!)

7)   Kissing in public? Yes or no?

In Fire Down Below, Ben, one of the love interests, is totally against any kind of PDA. He won’t even hold Kate’s hand in public. She sees it as a flaw, and I have to say, I do too. I don’t think deep tonsil-licking kisses are appropriate, but I don’t have a problem with people showing affection with each other. I kind of like it. (Of course, like many writers, I have voyeur tendencies!)




Fire Down Below
by Andrea Simonne

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BLURB:

Choosing between two hot guys? Not a bad way to turn thirty-five….

Running into an old boyfriend is bad enough, but why does it always happen when you look your worst? Kate Alexander is wearing gray sweats, no makeup, and feels as glamorous as a pile of dirty laundry when she runs into her hunky ex, Ben Mathews. Ben is the only man who’s ever asked her to marry him. And now still single, and closing in on her thirty-fifth birthday, Kate suspects her shelf life is nearing its expiration date. Though Ben once broke her heart she’s convinced fate has brought them together for a second chance at love.

The problem is Declan O’Connor, a sexy Irishman. Kate considers him a friend—except she’s been having some very un-friend like thoughts about him. They shared a hot kiss one night, before Ben reentered her life, and now she can’t stop thinking about it. Despite the attraction with Ben, Kate is remembering her old resentments all too well. But then Ben asks her to marry him again, and her second chance has finally arrived. Is this what she really wants though?

From Seattle to Dublin, from the old to the new, Kate is caught between playing it safe or playing with fire.


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EXCERPT

“I’m glad we’re together again,” he murmurs, kissing me softly. His fingertips trail down my body creating little sparks on my skin. 
           
I’m still aware that we’re outside naked. Ben obviously doesn’t care though and I wonder if he sleeps out here a lot. It would be just like him. He’s like a dog that refuses to be kept indoors.
           
“What are you thinking about?” he asks, sensing my distraction.
           
“You. I was wondering if you sleep out here a lot.”
           
He chuckles softly. “I do. Crazy huh? Sleeping on my deck. You’re finding out all my secrets tonight. I love sleeping under the stars.”
           
“I don’t think I’ve ever slept under the stars.”
           
“Are you serious?” Ben looks shocked. “Never?”
           
“I was a Girl Scout when I was a kid and went camping with them once, but that’s the only time.” What I don’t add is that I hated it. All the bugs and dirt. It was awful.
           
“You were a Girl Scout? I’ll bet you were cute. But I can’t believe you haven’t gone camping since then.” He buries his face in my neck. “We’ll have to fix that. I’d love to go camping and sleep under the stars with you in my arms every night.”
           
“Sounds great.”
           
“Really?” He strokes my cheek. “Let’s do it. We’ll go when I get back from California.”
           
He kisses me slow and deliberate. I wrap myself around him, dizzy from wanting him again. The past fades away in a smoky haze and the present is bright and clear. There are stars overheard, and I have to admit, the view is beautiful. I decide that I’m even looking forward to going camping with Ben.
           
Sort of.
 
AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Andrea Simonne grew up as an army brat and discovered she had a talent for creating personas at each new school. The most memorable was a surfer chick named "Ace" who never touched a surf board in her life, but had an impressive collection of puka shell necklaces. Eventually she turned her imagination towards writing. Andrea still enjoys creating personas, though these days they occupy her books. She currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.

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Andrea will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Welcome Harper Impulse author, Teresa F Morgan...



 Happy to welcome fellow RNA Chapter member, Teresa F Morgan to my blog today. Welcome, lovely! Looking forward to catching up with you and your work - let's kick off with my questions...

1)   Did you set any goals for 2014?

I’m rubbish at setting myself goals. I think it was mainly to get book 2 finished and over to my publisher within in my contract. Which I did!

2)   How long does it take you to write a 50,000-60,000 word manuscript?

Actually, it’s been a while since I’ve written one, as both book 1 (Plus One is a Lucky Number) and book 2 (One Fine Day) were written a couple of years ago. One Fine Day did need some more work done to it to keep up the pace and add to the story, so I would say it has probably taken a good year to get right. It does stand around 90,000 words though.

3)   Tease us with a blurb/short excerpt

One Fine Day blurb:
Just a boy standing in front of a girl…
Steve Mason returns from Hollywood after 15 years to catch up with his sister, Ruby. He’s miserable because the woman he was planning on marrying has dumped him.
He’s now worried that with his A-list celebrity status he won’t find a woman who genuinely loves him. Ruby devises a plan to disguise Steve, so that he is unrecognisable as the famous Hollywood actor, in a hope to help him find true love. It worked for Clark Kent, right?
As Steve searches for his not-so-perfect woman and has a taste of normality, his relationship develops with his sister. But will he find the right woman before he has to head back to his real life in Hollywood?

4)   Tell us about a new author you’ve recently discovered

I’m not a huge reader of historicals, (it’s not that I don’t like them, I just tend to read more contemporary romances) but recently I read fellow Harper Impulse author, Caroline Storer’s The Roman. It was fabulous, giving me a real flavor of Roman Italy and charioteers, plus a hot romance.

5)   Name two romances you’ve read more than once

You know, I don’t think I have read two romance more than once. I want to, but my bookshelf and kindle are so full of books I haven’t read yet, that I can’t justify reading a book twice. I’ve re-read the Harry Potter’s to my son. And The Hobbit. But no romances. I would like to read Sue Moorcroft’s Starting Over again at some point, and possibly Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

6)   Tell us about your first car

It was a light blue Fiat 127 and it was called the tent because the roof lining kept coming down, and so made my passengers (my teenage friends) feel like they were in a tent rather than a car. It’s other name was Penny as in Penny the Passion Wagon… not that any passion happened in that car lol!

7)   Tell us something you’ve lied about?

I’m a big believer in honesty is the best policy, plus I am a terrible liar. I think my biggest lie so far is to my kids about Santa and the Tooth Fairy. Otherwise, I can’t think of any other lies… honest.

Oh, when working at Thorpe Park, eons ago, when I was a teenager, we used to lie that someone famous was in the park. We would talk amongst ourselves very loudly so the general public would overhear us and shoot off to that area of the park in the hope to find a superstar. Does that count?

8)   Kissing in public? Yes or no?


Yes, within reason… Obviously if you’re getting to the stage that you need a room, then get a room! Ha ha!

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Teresa is waiting for your questions/comments!