Friday, 16 March 2018

The Arrival of Lily Curtis...

The inspiration behind my Victorian romances  comes from my love of UK period dramas, historical biographies and novels...and the fact I am lucky enough to live near one of the most historical cities in the world –Bath, England.

My first full-length Victorian romance, The Arrival Of Lily Curtis was inspired by a house – a house steeped in English beauty and history. Today, Lucknam Park is a five star hotel and spa, boasting Michelin Star chefs and luxurious indulgence and I was thrilled when a friend treated me to afternoon tea there.
As soon as I sat in the astoundingly beautiful conservatory, I knew I had found my hero’s home. Writers and readers of Victorian romance have the uncanny knack of seeing beyond the modern changes, the dress of today’s visitors and nonchalant acceptance that these buildings exist all over the UK. They effortlessly travel back to a time when real people lived in these huge homes and rode their horses across their vast estates.

By the mid 1800s, the house had passed hands several times, but it was during this time that the magnificent columned portico and bow wings were added to the house as well as acres and acres of country land. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any pictures of the exterior of the house which weren’t under copyright but I strongly urge you to visit the house website to see just how romantic a house Lucknam Park is, and how easily it became my mission to make it come alive with my characters and plot.

With Bath in one direction, Blenheim Palace and the glorious Cotswolds in the other, I will continue to write Victorian romance as well as my contemporary novels. How could I not? J

Here’s the blurb and excerpt from The Arrival of Lily Curtis which is currently part of a boxset with The Wild Rose Press – enjoy!

At the mention of an arranged marriage, Elizabeth Caughley feels her life is over at the age of three and twenty….so she hatches an escape plan. She will reinvent herself as a housemaid. Overnight, Elizabeth becomes Lily.

Viscount Westrop wants nothing more than his legacy to be passed to his own son one day. Even though he feels insurmountable pity for the unborn child already, he knows how much pain a broken promise can cause and will do what is right. But with the arrival of his new housemaid, his plans are thrown into disarray. Lily is funny, feisty and the most beautiful creature on earth – Andrew is thunderstruck.

But if anyone suspects how much he wants to ravish her and endlessly love her, Andrew’s lineage will be in peril. And he cannot let that happen…


Lily lifted her head and met eyes as blue as a crisp winter sky. He said nothing as he continued to study her. His eyes hungrily brushed over her hair, her neck, her breasts. She flicked a glance left and right as her body traitorously heated beneath his gaze.

The other gentlemen were carefully watching the exchange. Their curious eyes darted back and forth between the two, undeniable amusement twitching their lips.

“Are you ready to be seated in the dining room, my lord?” Lily said, standing a little straighter.

“I’m sorry?”

“Your meal, sir?”

He blinked and the tension broke. He hastily threw a look at his friends before turning to meet her eyes once more. He straightened his spine and regally lifted his chin. Lily held his gaze, noticed that his eyes now burned with something she couldn’t quite decipher but whatever it was triggered her natural defenses to high alert.

The curiosity when he had looked at her not a moment before had vanished, only to be replaced with mischief.

His smile turned wolverine. “Oh, I’m more than ready to eat, Lily. I’m positively salivating.”

Lily smarted as his friends burst into a flurry of mocking laughter. She gritted her teeth but kept her eyes locked on his. The tone of his voice had disguised neither the implication nor his obvious enjoyment at her expense. A flame of indignation ignited inside of her.

Her smile was slow and intentionally provocative. “I am so pleased, sir. For I would hate for you to have to endure cold soup.” Her gaze lingered down to his crotch. “After all, you and your guests are quite obviously still chilled from an afternoon of riding.”

The gentlemen’s sniggers instantly halted and the lord’s smile dissolved. He looked from her face to his crotch and back again. His eyes widened.

“Why, you….”

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Introducing Close To You by B. M. Sandy... *GIVEAWAY*

To You

B.M. Sandy

Contemporary Romance

just wants to be set free.

just might have the key.

Coffey is on the run. After arriving in Brooklyn four months ago, she
perfected the art of looking over her shoulder. Her only goal is to
make it through another day without being discovered.

Iain Sheppard unexpectedly walks into her life, Michele’s first
instinct is to retreat. Falling in love is not in her plan, and after
what she’s been through, she’s not ready to trust anyone yet.
Maybe ever.

is a rugged, sexy freelancer, born and raised in Brooklyn. After
showing up at the bar she works at one night, he leaves a note,
asking to show Michele the city. It goes against every rule she has
set in place for herself. She wants to forget about him and his
offer, but something about him draws her in. She can’t shake it, so
she agrees.

Michele doesn’t know is that Iain knows more about her than he’s
letting on.

clock is ticking. Michele knows that her time is running out,
especially after a stunning reveal that draws her and Iain even

their attraction grows deeper, she can’t stop looking over her
shoulder, waiting for inevitable disaster. And she can’t help but
ask herself if she escaped one prison, only to lock herself into a
new one of her own making.

she ever be set free?

M. Sandy lives in Youngstown, Ohio with her husband, one-eyed cat
child, Maia, and as of June 2017, a rescue dog named Dorothy. She’s
a lover of books, film, and all things imaginary. Someone to Stay is
her first published novel.

the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Introducing Your Move by Silvia Forrester... *GIVEAWAY*

Hi, Silvia! It's great to welcome you to my blog and to be a part of your ongoing tour - I love your cover! Wishing you much success with Your Move - let's kick off with my questions...

First of all, thank you, Rachel, for inviting to do an author interview on your blog – I’m delighted to join you.

1.     What do you wish men understood about women?

That we need to be talked to and listened to! A male friend recently reflected, ‘After all this stuff in the media, no man is gonna dare to make a play for a woman ever again. I mean, what’s a man supposed to do if he’d like to kiss a woman – ask her permission?’ Er, yes! That’s actually a lot more respectful to her (and a hell of a lot less embarrassing for him if she says no, than if he’d lunged at her and she’d shrunk away in horror). Asking permission is sexy, not a passion-killer.

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

Yes, I do tend to work on one novel at a time. I also write short stories. It can be very satisfying finishing a four-page story, especially when working on a novel that’s going to come in at over three hundred!

3.     Who is your favorite fictional couple?

Thinking of a romantic couple, it has to be Lady Chatterley and Mellors the gamekeeper in Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence. It has all the ingredients of a classic love story – two well-realised leads, something preventing their love (she’s married, although the fact that they’re from different social classes appears to be an even greater barrier), and lots of erotic tension. A TV adaptation was made in the early ‘90s, starring Joely Richardson and Sean Bean. I still have it on video and re-watch it every couple of years (not that I like to ogle Sean Bean running naked through a forest or anything!).

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

It’s a very familiar one, but its ‘Live and let live’. Why waste time and energy disapproving of who or how others are; if they’re not harming you or anyone else, leave them alone, or, better still, embrace them!

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

I don’t have daily goals and I don’t write every day, but I like to keep the momentum going once I’ve started a project. It’s wonderful when you feel something taking off and as if it’s almost writing itself. Unfortunately, writing doesn’t feel like that every day! I also teach creative writing and appreciate that setting a writing target can be very helpful. If you write just one page per day, by the end of a year you should have a novel-length manuscript. Seeing it like that can help the monumental task of writing a novel appear more manageable.

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

I’ve only recently started using both. On Facebook I’m primarily connected to family and friends, so I do enjoy that. Plus, the limited characters on Twitter are quite restrictive for a person who loves to jabber on and on and on …

7.     What are you working on now?

It’s a novel called Pure Magic and one of the central characters is Kiki, a sprightly eighty-three-year old, and also a white witch. She’s estranged from her son, who has cut her off completely, resentful at his unconventional upbringing. However, Kiki is secretly in contact with her son’s wife and her grandchildren. This creates problems when her son begins to suspect his wife is having an affair, rather than sneaking off to see her mother-in-law. The book explores the sometimes difficult relationships between parents and children, across the generations. Kiki is the linchpin that holds the novel together – she’s wise, generous and always tries her best to help but, if that fails, she’ll throw in a sprinkling of magic, too. 

Author name: Silvia Forrester
Genre: romantic comedy
How many Pages? 370
Release Date: 2 August 2017
Publisher: Endeavour Press

Two women. Two dreams. One big lesson in love.

With a passion for people and property, nothing gives newbie estate agent Gemma Cole more pleasure than matching buyers with their ideal homes. After a nomadic childhood with her ditzy mum, Gemma longs for nothing more than a place she can call her own. But with one modest income and meagre savings, will she ever be able to make her own home-owning dream come true?
When Marcus, the new photographer, arrives at the estate agency, he’s the epitome of laidback, festival chic. Sexy, laidback, festival chic. But Gemma dismisses him as another commitment-phobic, eternal student, just like her ex. However, looks can be deceptive. Marcus is reeling from a shocking family tragedy, one that’s left him as sole carer for an eight-year-old boy, as well as his scruffy dog. Will Gemma revise her opinion of Marcus, and will he trust her enough to reveal his family’s painful past?

Pandora works at Perfect 10, a premier beauty and cosmetic clinic. Always effortlessly glamorous – with model-looks, bucket loads of confidence and bulging designer wardrobes – she appears to have it all. But Pan also has a spiralling spending addiction, a string of failed relationships, and still lives at home with her mum. Aged thirty-three.
When her numerous credit cards are refused, Pan takes drastic action, and joins dating website Will a super-wealthy guy be the answer to all Pan’s woes? And can she find one who’s sane, honest and not old enough to be her grandfather?

Your Move is a lively romantic comedy, charting the blossoming friendship between modern heroines Gemma and Pandora, as well as the amorous entanglements that crisscross both their lives.

Silvia was brought up in a seaside town on the south coast of England by her mother and grandmother; she now lives in Kent. Silvia has two daughters, two stepdaughters and three granddaughters. With an abundance of women and girls in her life, it’s not surprising that female relationships, love, family and friendship are frequently the focus of Silvia’s writing.


Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Temptation of Laura...

The Temptation of Laura is the second book in my ongoing series with eKensington. The books are set in and around the famous historical city of Bath, England. I am lucky enough to live just a short, thirty-minute drive from the city, which means I can go back and forth as often as I like.

Bath is rich in history. From the Roman times, right through to the late 19th century, there are many sights, museums, talks and festivals to educate and entertain. My books are set in the late Victorian era, and I tend to focus on the social entertainments and issues of the time rather than specific historical events. My stories are peppered with descriptions and referrals to real and existing Bath buildings, streets and homes that I have been lucky enough to visit, and I hope each adds enough to ground the reader in the beauty and mystery of this beautiful city.

The first in the series (The Seduction of Emily) focused on arranged marriage and revenge, whereas The Temptation of Laura is about ambition and the struggle women had to succeed and flourish in a career of their choice. Set against the backdrop of Bath’s Theatre Royal, Laura Robinson is a prostitute striving for a better future. An avid admirer of the stage and its stars, she one day meets Bath’s current star, Adam Lacey. He puts before her a proposal she would be foolish to dismiss…but is Adam the kind, caring man he appears to be or is his agenda entirely sexual? Laura has to learn to trust –– a concept she has no idea how to nurture or even believe possible…

Blurb & Buy Links  - The Temptation of Laura

Laura Robinson has always been dazzled by the glamour of the stage. But perhaps acting and selling one’s favors are not so different—for Laura must feign pleasure with the men she beds to survive. Now, with her only friend at death’s door and a ruthless pimp at her heels, escaping her occupation seems impossible. Hoping to attract a gentleman, she attends the theater. Yet the man Laura captivates is no customer, but a rising star and playwright…

Adam Lacey has been driven to distraction since the moment he saw Laura. She is his ideal leading lady come to irresistible life—and so much more. Certain they can make the perfect team on and off stage, he is determined to win her heart—and discover her story. But that is precisely what Laura fears. And she has no idea that Adam harbors shameful secrets of his own. Will the truth free them to love—or destroy all their dreams…?

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Interview & GIVEAWAY with Aria Fiction author, Erin Green...

 Hi Erin! So nice to welcome you back to my blog - I'm looking forward to catching up and hearing what you've been up to. Wishing you much success and sales with your latest release, THE SINGLE GIRL'S CALENDAR...

1.     What do you wish men understood about women?

I wish some men understood that woman don’t always desire the grand gestures in life but crave the tiny, personal moments spent together that others never view. Those small looks of love across a crowded room, the briefest touch of a hand or a gentle word when upset means much more to me than the lavish gifts, the public declaration of love and the materialistic trappings of life. You know you’ve found ‘The One’ when such simple gestures are what you look forward to after a long day.    

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

I tend to have multiple projects on the go at the same time. I’m currently promoting and launching my second book ‘The Single Girl’s Calendar’ having completed book 3 which is being read by my publishers. I have a collection of project boxes that have the potential to become novels – when an interesting plot point comes to mind, I scribble it down on a post-it note and stash it within the relevant project box – that system is an ongoing one.  

3.     Who is your favorite fictional couple?

Cinderella and Prince Charming – must have been the first romance I read as a child and it has always stuck with me as the ideal cute/meet situation. In my singleton days, I probably compared all dates to Prince Charming which was very unfair of me given that none of them had a Kingdom or a crown.

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

Where ever there is sunshine, shadow must fall.

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

I am a goal setting person so it has become second nature to record word counts on a spreadsheet. It helps to maintain a momentum if a project begins to wax and wane. These can help me with future planning for other projects as I know what I am capable of when focused on the task in hand. There were times, before publication, it made me feel like a proper author by knowing my word output. 

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

I use both but for very different reasons. I use FaceBook to connect with close friends and writing buddies – I like the close element for those interactions. I love Twitter though for everything else. I love the laughs it beings me each day, the reader friends that I’ve made and the global audience that is available. It has made the world so much smaller.

7.     What are you working on now?

I am currently rewriting a manuscript, something I’ve never attempted before. My greatest joy is the first stage of writing when a blank page sits before me awaiting my imagination. There are days when the words rush from my fingers tips and I can hardly keep up the pace of typing. Armed with copious amounts of tea - those are my glory days.

Genre: RomCom
Release Date: 1st January 2018
Publisher: Aria (Imprint of Head of Zeus)
A task a day to cure a broken heart. 
Esmé Peel is approaching thirty with some trepidation, but hope in her heart. If she can just get her long-term boyfriend Andrew to propose, she will have ticked everything off her 'things to do by the time you're 30' list. She didn't reckon on finding another woman's earring in her bed however, and soon she finds herself single, homeless and in need of a new plan. Her best friend Carys gives her the perfect present – The Single Girl’s Calendar – which has a different cure for heartbreak every day:

Day 1: Look and feel fabulous with a new hair style.

Day 2: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Day 3: Reconnect with friends and enjoy! 
Despite thinking it's a bit of a gimmick, Esmé hasn't got any better ideas, so she puts the plan into action. By the end of week one she has four new male housemates, and despite a broken heart she is determined to show Andrew she can do more than survive, she can thrive.

Carys reached for Esmé’s hand and gently squeezed it.
‘So, what have you done all morning?’
‘Apart from visit cafes, I’ve walked around the city, stared in shop windows and had a meltdown when I found myself in the crime section at Waterstones…’ Esmé coughed as a wave of nausea lifted to her throat. ‘I felt fine until then. How many times has that store saved my skin with his birthday presents or stocking fillers? Not anymore. Those days are gone.’
‘In that case, I have just the thing,’ announced Carys, releasing Esmé’s hand before rummaging in the plastic bag beneath her chair. ‘Don’t laugh, but this actually helped me through the break-up with Myles.’
‘I thought I helped you get through that.’
Carys raised her head mid-rummage, her corkscrew curls bouncing as she disagreed.
‘Nope! You know nothing about break-ups, Esmé. Seriously, your relationship has been so long-term you haven’t a clue. But this…’ Carys lifted a pink boxed object onto the table top. ‘This might help.’
‘What the hell?’ said Esmé, staring at the advent calendar styled object with its tiny perforated doors.
‘It’s 100 per cent tack and it only cost a fiver but
‘Hear me out, Esmé… it’s worth a laugh if nothing else.’
‘Yeah, sure,’ said Esmé, lifting the calendar to read the blurb on the reverse.
Want a sassy new way to overcome a break-up? Or simply an opportunity to focus on your life? The Single Girl’s Calendar is made for you! Behind every door is a task that will help you focus on you, and you only! A whole month of pampering, mindfulness activities, caring and sharing ideas which in just four short weeks will have you feeling on top of the world! An insightful way to put a spring back into your step as a strong, independent woman!
‘Are you serious?’
Carys nodded.


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Description generated with very high confidence
Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. An avid reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin has two Hons degrees: BA English literature and another BSc Psychology – her previous careers have ranged from part-time waitress, the retail industry, fitness industry and education. She has an obsession about time, owns several tortoises and an infectious laugh!
Erin’s writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.
Twitter: @ErinGreenAuthor
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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Introducing Ninja School Mum by Lizzie Chantree... *GIVEAWAY*

Genre: Chick Lit/ Romance
Release Date: 30th January 2018
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books.
Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.

Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.

Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?

When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is.



Skye tapped her feet impatiently as she looked at the ominous grey clouds hovering above the playground and tried to rein in the anger she could feel blazing in her chest. She had learned the skill of outwardly controlling her emotions and appearing like she hadn’t a care in the world long ago, but if her son came out of school crying because a more boisterous kid had poured water on his head, or scribbled all over his carefully written work again, then she would struggle not to pick the culprit up by his leg and throw him into the neatly manicured flowerbeds that surrounded the glossy green windowsills of the school building.
She noticed the quiet red-haired woman who was sitting on a nearby bench, glancing longingly at the same group of school mums again. They were all huddled together like a rugby scrum, chatting busily about their day. Skye wondered why the redhead didn’t get up and join them if she wanted to be part of the group so badly, but she could tell from the woman’s body language that it was never going to happen. She obviously lacked the confidence or courage to break into such a tight-knit group of friends.
A movement to Skye’s left caught her eye and she noticed the woman with the mop of curly hair and inquisitive eyes watching her again. She was frowning in concentration before realising that she had been spotted and seamlessly blended back into the throng of people waiting for their children to appear.
Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree

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