A Stranger In The Cove Tour

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Believe in Yourself!!

Today, I want to say a big thank you to all my author friends and readers who have supported me and my work throughout the last eleven years. Time goes by, successes and failures happen––I would’ve given up on my dreams a long time ago if it weren’t for the many, many people I’ve met online and in person.
Over the last decade, I’ve written countless short stories (in my formative years!), twenty-two novels and two novellas, all of which are either published or contracted –all my wonderful author friends, both sides of the Atlantic, have played a huge part in my success.
Knowing people are out there supporting you in your dreams means everything for a feeling of inner strength and belief. It’s human nature to sometimes doubt what you are thinking or doing is the right thing…or worrying people will laugh or put you down. When you meet people who cheer you on, love and admire your work, and most of all, share your struggles, it gives an incredible sense of excitement and optimism.
Writers are introverts and happy in their own company, which all too often provides far too much surrounding silence allowing that horrible voice in your head to shout loud and clear, “give up!” “You’re not good enough!” “This story is your worst yet!”
My advice to aspiring writers? Fill your head with your stories, not your ‘internal editor’. Keep writing. Never EVER give up and believe in your dreams, ALWAYS! My first novel was published in 2007 and then 2011 brought me an agent, 2012 contracts with Harlequin Superromance and Kensington.
At the end of 2017, I decided to go separate ways with my agent and try going things alone for a while. Instead of feeling worried I’d made the wrong decision, I feel incredibly empowered. I’m living a dream I never thought possible. Am I still occasionally filled with self-doubt? Yes. Am I still a teeny bit scared ongoing success could mean having to stand up in public one day, YES!!! Terrified, would probably be a better description of how I feel about public speaking!
But I’m happy. I’m loving my work, but more than anything, love my writer friends and readers so much. Mix up your social circle, reach out through social media and surround yourself with optimistic, supportive and fun people. You’ll be amazed how quickly you realise your fears are echoed and conquered every day.
Stand tall and know you are no better or worse than others out there. Let yourself grow and shine until you feel as though your star is in reach – because it is!

Rachel x

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Introducing Out Of Character by Molly Zenk... *GIVEAWAY*









Out
of Character


by
Molly Zenk


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Inspirational






238
pages









After
the loss of her brother, actress Harmony Jones struggles with daily
life. Landing the lead role on the hit faith based living history
show, 1700s Life, might be the perfect way to reconnect with her
faith and be her big acting break. 





Tired
of hiding his strong faith and convictions to get secular roles,
David Hawkins jumps at the chance to play the curate on 1700s Life.
It's the perfect vehicle to spread God’s word.





Elliot
Banes’ career needs an image makeover, so he accepts the naval hero
role on 1700s Life. Getting away from his overbearing mother is an
added bonus. His true hope is to learn to speak his mind instead of
always fading into the background.





When
a scripted love triangle between Harmony, David, and Elliot becomes a
real life love triangle, Harmony must make a difficult decision. .
She hoped to find her wavering faith, she didn't count on finding
love as well. If that was her only obstacle, the role would be a
breeze. Unfortunately, there’s an on-set spy intent on causing
drama. Can Harmony see through all the lies and secrets to the truth
in her heart, or will she end up falling for the wrong man? 






















MOLLY
ZENK was born in Minnesota, grew up in Florida, lived briefly in
Tennessee before finally settling in Colorado. She graduated from
Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL with degrees in Secondary
Education, English, and Creative Writing. She is married to a
Mathmatician/Software Engineer who complains about there not being
enough "math" or info about him in her author bio. They
live in Arvada, CO with their young daughters, 1 dog, and 1 cat.


















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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Introducing Sylvia Ashby & her latest release Prosecco Christmas... *GIVEAWAY*



 Hi, Sylvia! It's great to have you here and to be a part of your tour - I'm looking forward to learning more about you and your work. Let's kick off with my questions...

1.)              What is the strangest talent you have?
I can guess who the killer is in any film within ten minutes of the beginning. My family makes me write my predictions on pieces of paper and look at them after it’s over. 98% of the time I’m right.

2.)              What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
A fake, traditional Chinese dress I bought from Camden market in London for £15. It was red, very tight everywhere, made from polyester, but looked deliciously real. It was fun for a day but I’m so glad we don’t have to wear this kind of clothes anymore.

3.)              Are the titles of your books important?
Absolutely. It takes me ages to think them, and I usually discard the first twenty ideas until the “right” one comes along. “Prosecco Christmas” was named after the idea to bunch together one British family and one Italian over the Christmas holidays under the same roof. It was so much fun to write.

That doesn’t mean mistakes have not been made with my book titles. My first book “Pot Love” was a play on words with the phrase “pot luck” and the fact that my two main characters find love by chance. I didn’t know at the time that “pot” means marihuana in the USA. I’ve had some awkward twitter chats over the subject, I can tell you.

4.)              If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?
Getting stuck is a daily occurrence for me so I have many “tricks” up my sleeve. Reading other peoples’ books, cooking, going for a run, asking my family for ideas, asking other authors for ideas, lying on the floor with my eyes closed and thinking I’ll never solve this, drinking tea, eating biscuits, drinking wine, eating chocolate… I can go on but you get the idea. Every little helps and if it doesn’t I move on. I only get back to that part of the book when I have an idea.

5.)              Do you prefer dog, cats or none of the above?
I love cats! I have a cat called Squeaky because of the funny way she meows. She is black, and adorable, and I can’t imagine life without her.

6.)              Who’s your favourite author? Why?
Margaret Atwood for her wit and charming prose. But I read a book a day, because after writing, reading is my favourite pastime so there are many, many authors I love spending time with.

7.)              Do you have a pet peeve?
I have a bit of OCD so straight lines and order are important for me. When I get stressed it peeks and I start arranging spoons in drawers and books on shelves by colour and size. Luckily, that rarely happens but I still have the best-looking bookshelves in town.

8.)              Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning?
I do remember my dreams. I used to have huge dreams, Hollywood super productions with cast, and crew, and scripts. I used to dream so much I’d wake up tired. Ever since I started writing I don’t dream anymore. I exhaust my imagination during the day and I sleep like a log at night.

The best jobs in the world tire you in exactly the way your mind and body needs.

Writing it the best job in the world for me.

Blurb: Family is where life begins.

And what better time to spend with your family than Christmas week?

Ashley and Giacomo go to Upper Swainswick, a postcard village ten minutes’ drive from Bath, to stay with Ashley’s mum and stepdad. It’s their last visit before the arrival of their first child.

But babies have a habit of being unpredictable.

So when Ashley goes into labour on Christmas Eve, three weeks ahead of schedule, it takes everyone by surprise.
She’s not ready! Her perfect Birth Plan is packed away in her hospital bag two hundred miles away, she has no going home outfit, and she has a live event planned for New Year’s Eve for her YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. People have been signing up for it for weeks. She can’t possibly disappoint them on the last day of the year. What is she to do?

The tinsel gets even more tangled when Giacomo’s parents decide to fly from Italy to meet their first grandchild. Hotels are fully booked, so everyone has to stay under the same roof.

Would eleven people in the house, not counting the baby, turn out to be simply too much for Ashley?

Another contraction hits me and my belly gets really tight and uncomfortable. I brace myself to endure it.
Darling!’ Mum bursts into the room and swoops in on me like a Kitchen Aid on whipping egg whites. ‘What’s going on? Giacomo tells me you’re in labour.’
‘I think so,’ I say. Mum sits on the bed and thoughtfully pokes my tummy a few times. I really wish she wouldn’t.
‘The baby has definitely turned,’ she says. ‘All good. All good.’
Thing is, Mum has had three kids – me and my two half-brothers, so she thinks she’s an expert on all things baby and birth-related. I don’t think so, but we’ve already had loads of arguments on foods and napping, so I’ve kind of given up reasoning with her.
I count to ten, then pull down the top over my belly decisively.
‘We’d better get go—’
‘Have you timed the contractions?’ Mum turns towards Giacomo.
Typical Mum. She thinks that the only people that can be trusted to measure things accurately are men.
‘Five minutes and forty seconds apart,’ I force myself to tell her patiently. Inside I’m already screaming, “Get me to a hospital!”
‘Oh, we have plenty of time.’ She pats me on the hand and gets up from the bed. ‘I’ll get the coffee going.’
‘Mum! I need to go now. I don’t even know where the hospital is.’
‘Don’t worry, darling. The hospital is just on the other side of Bath. Thirty minutes tops. Michael and I will ride in the car with you. It’s going to be all right. Trust me.’
Giacomo and I exchange glances.
‘It’s fine, Samantha,’ Giacomo tells her. ‘Ashley and I can do this on our own.’
‘Don’t be silly.’ Mum tightens the belt of her silky bathrobe. ‘Of course we’ll come. It’s the least we can do.’
I squeeze my eyes tight. Deep breaths. Deep breaths.
‘Now, anyone for coffee?’ Mum turns from the door.
Just then another contraction grips me. It’s like someone trying to stretch and twist my pelvic bones all at the same time.
‘Ow. Ow. Ow! OW!’ I twist and turn in bed.
This one is bad. I didn’t even know it could hurt that much.
‘Aaaaaaagh!’ Is this even normal? It doesn’t feel normal. ‘Ungh.’
They did mention lots of pain relief methods at the antenatal classes, so I figured it was going to hurt some. But this much? This much is a lot!
Mum has gone very silent at the door.
‘On second thoughts, it might be better if we get going. We can always have coffee at the hospital.’
She rushes down the stairs. Result.”




Author bio: Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an explanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT - she's written it all!

She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe - London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.




GIVEAWAY!!

3x eCopies of Prosecco Christmas

International


Saturday, 13 January 2018

Bucket Lists - let's have some fun!!



What are 5 items on your bucket list?

I am ALWAYS dreaming about things I want to do one day so here’s my list (in no particular order – I’ll be happy whenever they happen!)

1)     Go to Boonsboro, Maryland and attend a Nora Roberts signing and stay in the Jane and Rochester room – I am avid Nora Roberts fan and Jane Eyre is my favorite classic romance.

2)     Travel to Alaska and see the Northern Lights – Alaska has always fascinated me and I love the idea of all the snow outside and me sipping a nice glass of wine inside, lol!

3)     Graceland – I’m a HUGE Elvis fan and would love to see the home he adored so much.

4)     Richard Branson’s Necker Island….Hire the whole island for me, my hubby, teenager daughters and are closest friends and family. Why not?? It’s good to dream big, right?


5)     Buy a bigger house in England’s beautiful countryside where I can write all day and have plenty of land to walk, what will be, five dogs with all that lovely space!

So that's mine - what are your dream things to do??

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Introducing Under His Skin by J. Haney & S J Hayes...*GIVEAWAY*









Under
His Skin


by
S.I. Hayes and J. Haney





Genre:
Contemporary Romance with a twist of Suspense









At
twenty-six Dorian Gallagher has it all. Money, power, he’s used to
fast cars and faster women. He gets what he wants when he wants it.
Being put in charge of the build for the Gallagher family’s newest
theme park has dropped him in Tennessee. Bored out of his mind he
decides to go get some new ink and finds himself face to face with a
beautiful woman who doesn’t know his famous last name. Can he charm
this dark beauty, or will she just stick him and run?


Charlotte
(Charlie) Herrick is a free spirit. She drives a big truck, rides a
motorcycle and carries a gun. All while dancing around in the layers
of tulle that make up her usual cheek baring tutus. Her life was
hers. Until she meets Dorian Gallagher, now she doesn’t know which
way is up and life has become something more than just the shop,
fishin’ and moonshine. He says he’s just here for the year, so
she convinces herself it’s just a fling. Can she stay true to her
convictions or will this Amusement Park Prince finally get his
princess?






*Trigger
Warning- Violence


**Erotic
Elements





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J.
Haney was born and raised in Kentucky, currently residing in Greenup
County, Kentucky with her family, where she is the proud mamma to
Jessalyn Kristine and co-owner to Proud Momma Designs, which she runs
with her amazing Momma. J. Haney’s work tends to lean toward sweet
and sexy, with suspenseful undertones giving her readers something to
hold onto.  It’s what she calls Real Life Romance.





S.I.
Hayes was born and bred in New England, currently living in Ohio.
Running around Connecticut, she used all of her family and friends as
inspiration for her many novels. When not writing Paranormal Drama or
Erotic Romance she can be found drawing one of many fabulous book
covers or teasers, to see them check out her web site.





The
pair met while working for a previous publisher and became fast
friends, their split dynamics and views on life, family and love in
general led to the idea of A County Fair Romance and A Sex,
Drugs and Rock Romance
adding to it Working Class Beauties
and soon Kincaid Falls. Along with various Standalone novels.
So, keep your eyes open and a fresh pair of panties close by, you
know just in case.





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to find J. Haney



Group
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Welcome the fabulous Rachel Dove... *GIVEAWAY*



 So happy to have you visit with me, lovely lady! Wishing you all the success in the world with your latest release, A LONG WALK BACK - really looking forward to reading this one. Let's get started with my questions...

1.     What do you wish men understood about women?

That just because we have boobs and a uterus, it doesn't mean we are the one who cleans the house or raises the children by default. A woman has the right to work and choose her own duties, just as a man does. Also, you can write romantic fiction AND be a feminist. It's not either or. Same with being a wife or mother.

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

No, I often have one getting ready for submission, and another in edits. I have an app that keeps track of all my projects and word counts etc. I am often researching the next book in my spare time. It's just how I work, but every writer is different.

3.     Who is your favorite fictional couple?

Hmm, tricky! This answer would change depending on what I am reading at the time. Will & Clarke's relationship in Me Before You is probably my favourite at the moment. I love the fact that even after they parted, his presence is still very felt in her life. The relationship she then has after is very different, and it comes from healing too, which makes it all the more interesting to study and enjoy.

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

I often see inspirational quotes than mean something to me, but I suppose I would say that you have to go for your dreams in life, no matter what they are, and cherish your family. I am in the ideal situation where I have two jobs I love that work around my family, and have a really happy home and work life. I will never ever take that for granted. Be grateful, and follow your dreams.

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

I do try to write every day but sometimes life gets in the way. I use my app and keep going daily till I hit my word count on that project. I try to average 500 - 2000 a day. Some days it flows easily, and others it doesn't!



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

Facebook for the writing/book groups, Twitter for laughs and catching up with friends.

7.     What are you working on now?

I am currently working on the third and final book in the Westfield series, which will be out later this year from HQ Digital.

8.     Tell us about your latest release and where we can find it


The Long Walk Back is a love story at its heart, and it's about family, and not just making the best of what life throws at you, but about meeting it head on and finally finding your way home. It's out on 11th January 2018 from HQ Digital in ebook.

 Genre: Contemporary women's fiction
Release Date: 11th January 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Does everyone deserve a second chance?
As an army trauma surgeon Kate knows how to keep her cool in the most high pressure of situations. Although back at home in England her marriage is falling apart, out in the desert she’s happy knowing that she’s saving lives.
Until she meets Cooper. It’s up to Kate to make a split-second decision to save Cooper’s life. Yet Cooper doesn’t want to be saved. Can Kate convince him to give his life a second chance even though its turning out dramatically different from how he planned?

EXTRACT

Kate was in a real mood; Trevor could tell from the way she pounded across the tent to him. He was doing his rounds, and they had had a good night. A good night here was when they still had the same number alive as the day before. A great day was when there were no casualties at all, but Trevor was hard pushed to remember many days like that.
‘Who’s upset you? Neil whingeing about doing the dishwasher again, is he?’ Trevor asked, and immediately regretted cracking the joke when the icicles from Kate’s frosty glare jabbed him in the chest.
‘Captain Cooper thinks he is hilarious. I’m just waiting for him to call me ‘toots’ and slap me on the behind,’ Kate said, seething. Trevor checked the vitals on his sleeping patient, and satisfied, made notes on his chart.
‘So he’s awake? That’s amazing! How is he doing?’
‘Oh he’s doing just fine, for a male chauvinist pig.’
Kate,’ Trevor admonished, trying not to laugh at her furious expression. ‘How are his vitals?’
Kate pursed her lips, taking a breath to focus on the job. ‘He’s stable, the chest drain is working well. I’m still concerned about his leg though. He has limited blood flow to the area, and I' m worried about sepsis.’
Trevor nodded sadly. ‘So he will probably lose the leg, if we try to keep him alive.’ He rubbed at his temples. ‘Not told him any of this, have you?’
Kate shook her head. ‘I told him you would explain on this morning’s ward round. I wanted to go through everything again, monitor him closely for as long as we safely can before we make a decision.’
Trevor looked at her, his face unreadable. ‘It may not be our decision, it’s up to him.’
Kate looked nonplussed. ‘The evac chopper is coming in two days. At present, he’s too unstable to move. We need to get him home then, leg or no leg. A decision between losing a limb and dying is not a great thing to have thrust at you, granted - but he wants to live, surely?’
Trevor placed the chart at the foot of the bed and started to walk towards the next patient, issuing medication instructions to the nurse as he walked.
‘Kate,’ he began in a tone he might have used to tell his child that Father Christmas wasn’t real. ‘I have worked on men like Captain Cooper since this whole nightmare started. These are army men to the core. Sometimes going home means no family, no buddies, no job, and a lifetime of relying on other people. They are proud, and sometimes, to them, the reality is worse than death. Don’t take anything for granted when it comes to patient wishes.’
‘A boy died yesterday, to save these men. Surely that’s reason enough to want to live?’
Kate ran her fingers through her hair, suddenly feeling tired all over again.
‘Cooper knows that. Better than most, probably. It’s still his decision, he has to live with it. Understood?’ Trevor spoke firmly now.
Kate opened her mouth to argue, but she thought better of it. She respected her mentor, always had, and she didn’t want to argue. Not when the fact that life was so short and precious was evident in every face, every feature she saw over here. ‘Understood.’
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ABOUT RACHEL DOVE
I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses.

In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback, and the follow up novel in the series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.

GIVEAWAY
A signed copy of the book (Open internationally)
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