Christmas At The Cove Tour

Saturday, 28 November 2015

My Monthly Book Review...


As a huge of Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series, I was keen to start her Animal Magnetism series. As a animal and romance lover, how could it be possible for me not to enjoy a series that combines both?

From the very first page I was hooked!

Ms. Shalvis has created yet another unforgettable hero and heroine in pilot-for-hire, Brady Miller and kennel co-owner, Lilah Young. These two sizzle and snap on every page from the moment they meet until their happy ever after. The journey to get the end of this fantastically funny and romantic tale is full of heart-wrenching obstacles and challenges that feel so real I couldn't help but get lost in their joys and disappointments.

Set against the gorgeous, small town of Sunshine, Idaho - Animal Magnestism has everything I look for in a mainstream romance and I can't wait to read the other novels in the series. As well as Brady and Lilah, Animal Magnetism has an entire cast of intriguing and hunky male secondary characters and feisty, sassy female characters who I pray each get their own story.

A highly recommended read by one of the best romance authors out there!

5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Introducing The Lost Girl by Liz Harris...

      I am so thrilled to welcome my good friend and fellow RNA member, Liz Harris to my blog today. Hi, Liz! So great to have you visit so I can catch up with you and your work. Wishing you huge success and sales with your latest release, THE LOST GIRL! Let's kick off with my questions...

1.    What do you wish men understood about women?

That women want to be loved, respected and listened to.  And they’re not nearly as complicated as men try to make out.

They are different from men in the way that they think and in the way that they socialise, but different doesn’t mean inferior or unworthy of respect.  It just means different.

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

Yes.  When I’m writing a novel, I live in the world of my novel.  I have my characters in my head and know how they’d think and act.  I wouldn’t be able to hold a second fictional world in my head at the same time as the first.

I’m always working on a new novel when I get the edits for the last, and it’s a real wrench to drag myself away from the world of the new novel.  I wouldn’t inflict this on myself if I didn’t have to.

Furthermore, if I were moving backwards and forwards between one novel and another, I could easily forget which words and phrases I’d used in each novel and would be at risk of repeating myself.

3.    Who is your favorite fictional couple?

I know that I’m about to say what so many others will have said before me – Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy.  I say this even though I’d hate to sit next to Mr. Darcy at a dinner party as I think he’d be an awful bore.

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

My father always used to say, If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.  I think that’s a pretty good philosophy for life.  Of course, that’s how you approach life and not how you feel about it, which is your question, so I’ll add that the more you put into something, the more you get out of it.  It’s not exactly a quote, but the two together come close.

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

When I have a clear day, I write between 2,000 and 2,500 words.  That’s my optimum number as I know that when I write more than that, I’ll have a lot of editing to do the following day before I can break fresh ground!

I wish I could write every day, but I’m the RNA Libraries’ Liaison, which is a lot of work, and I run the Oxford Chapter of the RNA.  Also, I have commitments with my families and friends.  All these things stop me from being able to sit down and write every day, much as I’d like to do so. 

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

I like them equally.  Facebook feels more social because it’s slower, but it requires more effort to get into it.  Twitter is much faster, but perhaps a little too fast for much depth.

7.    What are you working on now?

I’ve just submitted another full-length novel to Choc Lit, and I’m now working on a novel set in Darjeeling in 1930.  It’s called The Inheritance.  That’s the most I’ve said about it so far as I’m always afraid of jinxing a novel by saying too much about it when it’s at an early stage. 

What if you were trapped between two cultures?

Life is tough in 1870s Wyoming. But it’s tougher still when you’re a girl who looks Chinese but speaks like an American.

Orphaned as a baby and taken in by an American family, Charity Walker knows this only too well.  The mounting tensions between the new Chinese immigrants and the locals in the mining town of Carter see her shunned by both communities.

When Charity’s one friend, Joe, leaves town, she finds herself isolated. However, in his absence, a new friendship with the only other Chinese girl in Carter makes her feel like she finally belongs somewhere.

But, for a lost girl like Charity, finding a place to call home was never going to be that easy …

Genre: Historical Romantic Fiction
Release Date: 16th October, 2015
Publisher: Choc Lit


Liz Harris lives south of Oxford. Her debut novel was THE ROAD BACK (US Coffee Time & Romance Book of 2012), followed by A BARGAIN STRUCK (shortlisted for the RoNA Historical 2013), EVIE UNDERCOVER, THE ART OF DECEPTION and A WESTERN HEART. All of her novels, which are published by Choc Lit, have been shortlisted in their categories in the Festival of Romantic Fiction. In addition, Liz has had several short stories published in anthologies. Her interests are theatre, travelling, reading, cinema and cryptic crosswords.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Please welcome. Anna James, author of A Love Worth Saving...

1.)          What is the strangest talent you have?

I can curl my tongue into a Three Corner hat!

2.)          What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

I was cat woman one year and my husband went as Batman

3.)          Are the titles of your books important?

Yes, I always try to have them reflect what the story is about.

4.)          If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?

Most of the time I jump ahead and write the next scene, or work on a different project.

5.)          Do you prefer dog, cats or none of the above?

We have a rescue dog I adore. I spoil him rotten.

6.)          Who’s your favourite author? Why?

I don’t have one favorite, I have several. Nora Roberts / JD Robb, Jayne Ann Krentz, and JK Rowling to name a few.

7.)          Do you have a pet peeve? 

Had to stop and think about this one. There are so many…. Lol. I’d say it drives me nuts when someone can’t make a decision (and yes I can be guilty of this myself at times!)

8.)          Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning? 
Sometimes I do but most times I don’t.

Blurb for A LOVE WORTH SAVING - Book 2 Forever Yours Trilogy:

Reed McNamara knows that love is an investment that never pays out. That’s why he’s sure he doesn’t love his wife, Ashley. Theirs had been a mutually agreed upon fun and games while it lasted affair … until Ashley got pregnant.
Tragedy strikes when Ashley miscarries and the sole reason for their marriage is lost. 
Though Ashley thinks they could salvage their life together, all Reed wants now is to put the past behind him and concentrate on saving his floundering company.
But when Ashley demands a divorce, and her ex-boyfriend—the love of her life—starts sniffing around, Reed discovers that he might be throwing away a love worth saving.

Author Bio:

Anna James writes contemporary romance novels with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and find their happily ever after.  While she’s been writing for years, her first published story released in 2010. Since then, Anna has penned four novels, seven novellas and one short story.
She is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America), CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America), CORW (Charter Oak Romance Writers) and CR-RWA (Contemporary Romance – Romance Writers of America(.
Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, is the proud mother of five fabulous children, and a big, loveable rescue dog the entire family adores.
Although she’s lived in several locations throughout her life she now calls Connecticut home. When not writing, reading, or plotting, she can be found spending time with family and friends.

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Introducing Christmas At The Castle by Jenny Kane...

If Out Now! Christmas at the Castle by Jenny Kane (@jennykaneauthor) #contemporary #romance #christmas #ku #kindleunlimited
Christmas at the Castle is a seasonal treat from Jenny Kane, featuring much-loved characters from her bestselling novel Another Cup of Coffee.

When hotshot businesswoman Alice Warren is asked to organise a literary festival at beautiful Crathes Castle in Scotland, her ‘work mode’ persona means she can’t say no – even though the person asking is her ex, Cameron Hunter.

Alice broke Cameron’s heart and feels she owes him one – but her best friend Charlie isn’t going to like it. Charlie – aka famous author Erin Spence – is happy to help Alice with the festival…until she finds out that Cameron’s involved! Charlie suffered a bad case of unrequited love for Cameron, and she can’t bear the thought of seeing him again.

Caught between her own insecurities and loyalty to her friend, Charlie gets fellow author Kit Lambert to take her place. Agreeing to leave her London comfort zone – and her favourite corner in Pickwicks Café – Kit steps in. She quickly finds herself not just helping out, but hosting a major literary event, while also trying to play fairy godmother – a task which quickly gets very complicated indeed...

Available to buy from Amazon, and to read as part of the Kindle Unlimited Programme:

Charlie pushed open the door of The Deeside Bookshop.
Instead of being greeted by John, she was surprised to see a much younger man behind the counter. Having never known the shop without John in it, Charlie was immediately concerned. ‘Um, hello, I wondered if I could speak to John, is he OK?’
‘He’s very OK, thank you. Soaking up the sun in New Zealand in fact.’
‘Oh.’ Not sure what to do, Charlie decided she’d dive straight in anyway. If John trusted this man to run the shop in his absence, then he must be alright. ‘Could I have a quick chat about the literary festival at Crathes? I know Ms Warren has already approached the shop, but I…’
The man, who Charlie guessed must be in his late thirties, ran an exasperated hand through his short hair. ‘I already told your colleague I can’t help. What Ms Warren is asking of me is not cost-effective. Although I wish you luck with the festival, the tactic of sending her prettier colleague to get me to change my mind is not going to work!’
Prettier colleague? Charlie felt thrown. No one ever thought she was prettier than Alice.
‘I assure you no… tactics are in play. I’m only helping out today because I’m a friend of one of the other organisers, and I have a more sensible and, I think, more realistic proposition for you than Alice did. I will tell you about it if you would like to hear it; if not, I’ll leave you in peace to stare around your customer-free shop!’
Rather taken aback by the edge to her tone, the tension in Charlie’s shoulders unknotted a little as, to her amazement, the man began to laugh.
Placing the books he’d been holding on the counter he said, ‘I’m sorry, forgive me for being abrupt. My name is Gervase Potter; I bought John out a few weeks ago. This little empire is now mine.’
Tilting his head to one side, giving Charlie the impression he was enjoying the view, he added, ‘I would very much like to hear your proposal. How about we discuss it tonight over a drink at Scott Skinner’s? I haven’t made it there yet, and I hear it’s a nice pub.’
With her brain privately grappling with the concept of being asked out for a drink by a handsome man who liked books, Charlie replied, ‘It is nice. I often go to Skinner’s to write when I need a change of scene from my desk at home. Oh, I’m Charlie, by the way. Charlie Davies.’
‘I’m pleased to meet you, Charlie. So, you write?’
‘Yes.’ Charlie pointed to the bookshelves, ‘I’m over there somewhere.’
‘You are? Who are you, then? I mean, who else are you?’
‘Erin Spence.’
The Unbrave Heart Erin Spence?’
Charlie’s pulse started to beat faster. He didn’t immediately connect me with The Love-Blind Boy. ‘Yes. Yes that was my first novel.’
‘I love that book.’
‘You’ve read it?’ Charlie was shocked. ‘Forgive me, but you don’t look like you’d be into women’s fiction.’
‘I’m not as a rule, but my ex-girlfriend had the audiobook and we played it on a long journey once or twice. I enjoyed it. You have a very perceptive view of the male side of things.’
‘Really?’ Charlie could feel herself blushing, ‘Thanks. It’s kind of you to say so.’
‘Not at all. That drink tonight, then? Eight o’clock? With a meal as well, maybe?’
‘To talk about my idea for the festival?’
‘I’m making no promises, because I think I’d rather talk about you.’
Charlie’s head buzzed with contradictory thoughts. Had she been right to agree to go out with Gervase? Only this morning she’d been thinking about how she felt about Cameron being back, and now she was going on a date with someone else. A part of her knew she’d only said yes in the hope that Alice and Cameron might see them. But so what if they did? Cameron isn’t going to be jealous, and I don’t want him any more anyway. And Alice wouldn’t notice in her current mode if I walked around naked with a pineapple on my head.
A new thought entered Charlie’s head. Was there any point in going out with another man until Alice had gone home? Gervase would only have to see them standing next to each other, and it wouldn’t be her that he wanted to take for dinner anymore.
Suddenly, Charlie stopped moving. She knew she was being ridiculous, but somehow the thought of how Alice was always going to be there to eclipse her wouldn’t shift...

Jenny Kane is the author the contemporary romance Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015), the bestselling novel Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the modern/medieval time slip novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the bestselling novel Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), and Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014).
Jenny’s fourth full length romance novel, Another Glass of Champagne, will be published in 2016.
Jenny is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Coming soon from Hushpuppy)
 Keep your eye on Jenny’s blog at for more details.
Twitter- @JennyKaneAuthor
Jenny also writes erotica as Kay Jaybee.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Introducing Love & Betrayal by Louise Lyndon...

Of Love and Betrayal
by Louise Lyndon


GENRE: Historical Romance



Aveline de Bondeville is on the run. Determined to keep out of the hands of the cruel Raimbaut de Blois she will do whatever it takes to stay alive. And so when she finds herself in the company of Troy de Gysborne she must quickly decide if she can trust him. But can she confess to murder knowing it would mean her certain death?

Troy de Gysborne did the unthinkable; he tore the bonds of brotherhood and left a path of destruction in his wake. And now Troy must face those he betrayed, including the father who long ago renounced him. But to confess to the crime he committed will cost him everything. Including Aveline. But can he remain silent if it means losing the woman he loves?



“What have they done to you?” Troy’s deep, baritone voice rumbled through her. She could not look him in the eye. “You needn’t be scared of me, wee fille. You have my word I will honor and protect you. I am not like those other men. I will do you no harm.”

Before she could say she truly wanted to believe him, Troy pulled her gently toward him and positioned her so she sat between his thighs. She did not lean back against him, her distrust like a solid piece of ice wedged between them. She gripped the edges of her blanket tightly and held it against her like a shield.

“You have only my word I will not hurt you.” The fine hairs on her arms stood on end as his warm breath danced across her neck. She closed her eyes and kept her back ramrod straight. Heat burned her cheeks as he nuzzled her neck. “And I pray in time you will accept my word as being truthful.”

She leaned ever so slightly against him. And when he wrapped his strong arms around her, she released the breath she hadn’t realized she’d been holding.

“It’s late. We should go back to bed.” Yet, she made no move to leave his embrace. Instead, she placed her hands on his thighs. The heat of him seeped into her palms, up her arms, and straight in to her heart. While she believed Troy when he said he would do her no harm, physically, Aveline knew there was more than one way to hurt someone.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.

In 2013, Louise won first prize in the historical romance category of the Crested Butte Sandy Writing Contest for her story, The Promise, which has since been retitled and is now known as, Of Love & Vengeance.

When not writing, Louise can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls!



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Louise will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Soul Mate Publishing author, Joanne Guidoccio...

Please welcome romance author, Joanne Guidoccio to my blog - welcome, Joanne! I am pleased to be a part of your tour for your latest release, THE COMING OF ARABELLA - wishing much success and sales. Let's start with my questions...
What did you want to be when you grew up?

From an early age, I loved curling up with a book and losing myself in the stories. Reading time was my favorite time of the school day. I also enjoyed visiting the bookmobile that came every other week. For most of my childhood, I was torn between careers in teaching and librarianship.

Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

I start each day with a cup of Chatty Matty coffee, a delightful blend of lightly roasted and dark roasted beans. This popular blend is only one of the many certified fair trade and organic gourmet coffees available at Planet Bean, a popular roastery in Guelph.

What genre do you typically read? Why?

I have eclectic tastes and enjoy reading contemporary women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, self-help, and memoirs. While the storylines vary, reinvention is a common theme throughout many of the books I read. Also, the protagonists are usually boomer women. In short, I enjoy reading and writing boomer lit.

Share a favourite childhood memory.

Growing up, I enjoyed spending time with Nonno Antonio, my paternal grandfather. He was a voracious reader who inspired me with his love of the written word. I have fond memories of reading aloud to him and watching him nod in approval as I mastered new words.

Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?

I love chocolate in any form – bars, cookies, pastries, drinks. To keep this addiction under control, I do not keep any chocolate in the condo. When invited out, I indulge, appreciating every single moment of the experience.

What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?

I have no problems coming up with a title, characters, and storyline. I am most challenged by actually sitting down at the computer and starting to write. Once that first chapter is complete, I can feel the momentum starting. 

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?

When I’m in the flow, I aim for 1000 words a day. On good days, I reach that target by noon. 

What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

When I started to write Between Land and Sea (Book 1 in The Mediterranean Trilogy), I assumed it would be a stand-alone book. Truthfully, I couldn’t imagine myself writing more than one book about mermaids. But as I reached the end of the book, I realized there were many unresolved issues and secrets. So, I came up with storylines for Books 2 and 3 - The Coming of Arabella and The Making of a Mermaid Psychic. 

The Coming of Arabella
by Joanne Guidoccio


GENRE: Paranormal Romance



On the day of her engagement party, an ex-mermaid’s life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of another mermaid—a sister she has never known. Under normal circumstances, Barbara Davies would be overjoyed, but her special day is already wrought with tension. While Barbara is not the first mermaid from the Mediterranean kingdom to settle in small town Ontario, she has yet to reveal her origins to her fiancé. So when Arabella, the gorgeous sister whose disturbing black eyes banished her to the island of Crete, saunters into her life, clutching the arm of Barbara’s discarded lover, a powder keg of emotion is released.

Relationships falter and careers stall as envy stirs in the hearts of the sisters. On the verge of meltdown after her fiancé leaves Canada for a teaching job in Vermont, Barbara flees to Arizona hoping for a reprieve. There, she finds solace at a retreat for ex-mermaids and a second chance at love with a charismatic preacher. As she contemplates a new life in the desert paradise of Sedona, shocking secrets emerge and tragedy strikes. A stronger and wiser Barbara rises up to face these new challenges and embrace the best parts of her mermaid heritage.



Arabella threw back her shoulders and gazed down at Barbara. With her heels, she was almost a head taller. “What I need is a relationship with you.”

“A relationship with me?” Barbara repeated. She had been prepared for almost any response but not that one.

“That’s right. BFFs, soul sisters, whatever you want to call those tight bonds these humans have.”

Barbara’s eyes widened. “Do you even know or understand the concept of BFF?”

“Of course, I do. A BFF is a best friend forever. You’re my twin sister. You can’t get any closer than that.”

“It doesn’t work that way,” Barbara said. “You can’t order up BFFs. Friends have the same value systems and look out for each other. I can’t imagine you doing that for me.”

“Or you doing that for me,” Arabella said. “Mama’s explained all the reasons you’ve been avoiding me, and I do understand the envy and bitterness.” She shuddered. “I can’t imagine losing everything like you did. I don’t know what I would do. But that’s neither here or there. I’m a part of your life, whether you like it or not. And I’m not going anywhere. So, you better start being nice to me.”

“Are you threatening me?”

Arabella smiled and tossed her hair. “Everyone in your circle likes me. How would it look if you ignored me?”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

In high school, Joanne dabbled in poetry, but it would be over three decades before she entertained the idea of writing as a career. She listened to her practical Italian side and earned degrees in mathematics and education. She experienced many fulfilling moments as she watched her students develop an appreciation (and sometimes, love) of mathematics. Later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma as a career development practitioner and put that skill set to use in the co-operative education classroom. She welcomed this opportunity to help her students experience personal growth and acquire career direction through their placements.

In 2008, she took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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Joanne Guidoccio will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.


Comments?? Questions??